Dell UP2414Q

It’s been over 6 months since I purchased a 4K Dell monitor to pair with my 15″ Retina MacBook Pro. In my initial post, I talked above the setup, my hands-on experiences, problems I encountered, etc. Now that I’ve had some time to really use this monitor on a regular basis, I’m here to provide you with a little more commentary and insight on my purchase decision. If I could go back in time, would I do it all over again?

Original video

Purpose

My primary motivation for buying a standalone monitor was because I wanted an easier docking solution for my peripherals. My mechanical Das Keyboard was the component I had most clearly in mind when considering this. I use a mechanical keyboard, because it’s easier on my wrists, allows me to sit a safe distance away from the screen, and it makes long form writing much easier than the chiclet keys on the MacBook Pro. The UP2414Q comes with several USB ports, including an uplink port. This means that I only have to connect a single USB cable to my MacBook Pro with Retina display (not including Mini DisplayPort) to have a connection to all of my peripherals.

As I’ve used my UP2414Q over the last few months, I find that this solution works very well for me. Although the USB inputs aren’t very easy to access on the rear of the display, it’s not often that I have a need to insert or remove cables. The display also features a bonus USB port on the right side of the rear, which has proved to be much more valuable than I initially expected.

Display quality

The second reason I selected a UP2414Q is because it is native 4K. After using the Retina display found on the MacBook Pro, I find it impossible to go back to a low resolution monitor. Anything under 4K wouldn’t be sufficient enough for my needs. A 4K monitor allows me to run the monitor in HiDPI mode, which is effectively 1080p resolution that’s pixel doubled. This results in the uber-sharp edges for fonts and other on screen assets. It doesn’t give you the vast amount of real estate that you’d get from the iMac 5K, but it has enough to be productive, and it’s definitely “Retina” when it comes to sharpness.

One of my favorite features of this monitor is the matte screen. I’ve never been really high on matte screens in the past, but I honestly don’t know if I could go back to a glossy screen after using this one every day for the last half a year. Being able to work in even bright sunlight without reflections has been really nice.

Dell UP2414Q Viewing Angles

The UP2414Q comes calibrated from the factory, so there was relatively little that I had to adjust upon receiving my unit. You’ll definitely want to be careful with budget 4K panels, as the majority of those are TN panels with horrible viewing angles. This particular display features an AH-IPS display with excellent viewing angles and color reproduction. For digital artists and Photoshop enthusiasts, you’ll take comfort in the unit’s 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB coverage.

The one downside to this monitor occurs when it comes to twitch gaming. I’m not a huge gamer, but it is noticeably slower than a typical TN panel when it comes to response time. If your main reason for getting this monitor is for gaming, you’ll definitely want to explore other options. For virtually anything else, though, you’ll be more than fine.

Price

At just under $800, the price of this panel hasn’t shifted much since I picked it up. While that’s sort of a bummer for would-be adopters, it does speak to the unit’s quality that it’s been able to maintain its value for this long. This is a solid unit from a build quality perspective. It features some plastic here and there, but the base is solid aluminum, and the plastic bezel doesn’t feel overly cheap.

Dell UP2414Q Metal Stand

Disappointment

While there’s a lot to love about the UP2414Q, I do have one major gripe about this monitor, and it has to do with the absolute lack of speakers. This display has no speakers to speak of, not even the terrible ones that accompany most monitors. This is a display first, and speakers were sacrificed in the process. While that may not seem like a big deal to most of you, it really hurts when you can’t hear the output from a set top box or a video game console running through the monitor’s HDMI input. To me, this is the UP2414Q’s biggest flaw. I think that Dell should have included speakers, even if they weren’t the best sounding. No one expects good sound from display speakers anyway.

Closing thoughts

After using this monitor every single waking day over the last six months, I can firmly say that I would absolutely do it again if I could go back in time. I know this will sound weird, but I’m glad that I went the MacBook Pro + 4K monitor route, rather than trading both in for a 5K Retina-enabled iMac. Having the freedom to take my MacBook Pro with me wherever I go is a value that I’m not ready to give up. Yet, having the equivalent of a dock for my MacBook whenever I need the bigger screen and mechanical keyboard is something I truly enjoy.

Having a Retina-enabled external display with uplink/docking features was at the top of my list, and the UP2414Q gives me that. True, it would be nice to have the additional real estate that a 5K monitor affords, but both the 4K and the 5K still provide you with those uber-sharp text and graphics that MacBook Pro with Retina display owners consider must haves. Besides, the 5K version of this monitor is more than double the price, and the 5K iMac is really pricey as well.

At under $800 on Amazon, I still think that the UP2414Q is the sweet spot when it comes to mating an external display with a 15″ Retina MacBook Pro. It’s not perfect, but if I had to make the decision all over again, I wouldn’t do anything differently.

  • 9to5Slavery

    Gotta get that 5k monitor review next!

  • Merman123

    If Jeff keeps something and doesn’t return it, it’s probably worth checking out 😛

  • Anton Westerlund

    I got myself the AOC u3477pqu ultra wide wqhd 34″ screen when i got my new desktop. Although it isn’t wide gamut it has great colour reproduction and MASSIVE real estate, the 21:9 aspect ratio fills your field of view and nowadays 16:9 looks almost sadly squeezed together. Being a student it almost broke my bank at 775€ (900$) but i am not looking back. The only drawback is the quality of the stand but i can live with that.

    • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

      Unless youre a gfx designer why in hell would you buy a 34″ screen? that too at $900? Is it the pr0n 😉 ?

      • Dan

        My PC has a 42” screen, I mainly use it for gaming. Maybe he does too?

      • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

        The difference is that yours’ is a 42″ LED/LCD. His is a dedicated monitor.

      • Kurt

        My PC has a 58″ screen. I’m using it now. I use it for everything. Big screen monitors rock!

      • Dan

        Hahaha that’s crazy. Going from 21” to 42” I had trouble adjusting when it came to regular web surfing. Got it mostly for gaming though. I’d eventually like to get a 4K screen, but not sure how my video card would perform with demanding games.

      • Kurt

        I’d like 4K too, but I’ll have to wait on that. My 58″ screen is a TV screen. Only thing hooked up to it are my PC and Xbox. If I want to watch tv, then I use Netflix on my PC. I wish I had a larger screen. But I got this for only 700. Can’t wait 4K to come to this price range 🙂

  • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

    LOL wut, reviewing a MONITOR and major disappointment is a lack of speakers?

    • Merman123

      Some monitors come with built in speakers, so the lack of them can be disappointing, yes.

      • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

        Monitors are monitors, period. If you want speakers, buy a TV. If you’re buying an expensive monitor, you’re buying it for the pitch perfect color gamut. Not to listen to One Direction through those tinny speakers which some monitors offer.

      • I know, it seems silly in practice, but it’s a big problem for me. And it is my disappointment. There are actually no speaker output connections on the monitor either, which makes it even more frustrating. I love this monitor and this is the only negative thing I have to say about it.

      • jake kneller

        I like when my ministers have speakers yes I have some nice speakers on my computer but I still like that little extra just I case

      • Eikast

        I agree. I dislike it when a monitor doesn’t have output connections for speakers. Now I understand why a 4K monitor may not have one but a regular 1080P monitor should have one. I have an old Asus 1080P monitor that I wanted to use in the bedroom with my fire tv stick but was disappointed to see that there was no way to connect it to external speakers.

      • therealjjohnson

        Im confused. The computer would put sound into the monitor and then you want an output from the monitor to the speakers? Why not just connect the speakers to the computer?

      • Chang in Charge

        Not sure if you know but what’s the difference between this model and the UP2415Q?

  • Kai

    What is the difference between the Dell P2415Q and the UP2414Q?

  • Eikast

    I personally use the Acer XB280HK. I use it for my Desktop PC and for my 15″ MBP. Works great for gaming on my PC and is nice for my MBP (run at 2560×1440 scaling) for work purposes.

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    I like the sharp 4k apple sells on their website.

  • Indy

    Probably a stupid question but IPS doesn’t mean glass panel right? Are there any 4K monitors that have a glass screen like the MacBook Pro?

  • dudewassup

    Can you share your wallpapers? Especially the one on the left from the thumbnail

  • Gochichi

    I agree that it’s an awesome monitor. I’ve had it for a while myself. I agree with you about the lack of speaker output precisely because it is such a good monitor to share as well (share between systems) I use mine on a desktop and also my MacBook. So having the sound switch through would be one less thing to worry about. I had an Asus PB278Q that does provide audio pass through and I loved that. However it doesn’t have the USB 3.0 or USB at all for that matter which was a bummer.

    Consider a USB audio device as one of the devices that’s hooked up to the USB hub in the monitor, that would definitely add the audio port you need and then you can connect speakers that are worthy of the setup. I have one that came with my headset. I just thought of this, so I’ll be trying it out.

    • Gary le

      So if I connect my mbp 13″ 2015 I will get no audio? I would like to play audio from by mbp speakers if thats possible?

      Another question is that if I use the DP from the monitor and connect it to my thunderbolt from my mbp then I would get 60hz instead of the 30z from my hdmi port from my mbp?

  • MrWonderful61

    Have you considered running 2 of them? I do at work and love it.

  • Phill Plait

    Bad Colours. Gray is not a gray. is a pinky gray.
    black its not a black original, is a black purple, blue is a violet.