Dell launches a trio of Adobe RGB monitors with even wider color gamut


posted Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM EDT

All may not entirely be well in the land of Dell, as shareholders decry founder Michael Dell's plan to take the troubled computer maker back private, and employees bemoan the loss of their stock options, but if you're a photographer there's good news coming out of the company as well. Dell has just launched several additions to its UltraSharp monitor series offering 99% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, along with 100% sRGB coverage.

Three sizes are available for the new models: 24, 27, or 30 inches respectively. The most affordable of the trio is the 24-inch Dell U2413, priced at around US$600 and offering 1,920 x 1,200-pixel resolution. Basic specifications are similar to the existing U2410, but with a wider color gamut at the expense of a little brightness. The Dell U2713H (US$1,000) has a bit more screen real estate with a diagonal of 27 inches, and a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Again, it's similar to the existing U2711 but with a wider color gamut, although its brightness is unchanged from the preceding model. Both the U2413 and U2713H are available immediately.

The Dell U2713H follows in the footsteps of the previous U2711.

The final model is the 30-inch Dell U3014. Detailed specs aren't yet available for this model, which follows in the footsteps of the U3011, but we do know it retains that model's resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. Considering the changes made in its siblings, it seems reasonable to assume that the gamut will have been improved in this model as well. Pricing for the Dell U3014 is set at around US$1,500, with availability in the near future.

The new UltraSharp monitors, like the company's existing models, are factory-calibrated to a DeltaE of less than two (with a calibration report included in the product bundle), and feature 12-bit internal processing. For even more accurate color, the provided Dell UltraSharp Color Calibration Solution software can tweak the monitors' 14-bit lookup tables when profiled using an X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter.

All three new models offer near- complete Adobe RGB gamut.

And if color accuracy isn't your priority, there's one other recently-launched model that may provide an interesting proposition. The unusual Dell U2913WM aims to replace multi-monitor setups by providing a single monitor with an unusually wide 21:9 aspect ratio, and a resolution of 2,560 x 1,080 pixels. Available immediately, this model has 99% sRGB coverage with DeltaE claimed to be less than five. If that's not accurate enough, a new Dell MDS14 monitor stand will accept two 24-inch monitors side-by-side on a single stand, letting you increase your on-screen real-estate without doubling the desk space consumed. The widescreen Dell U2913WM costs US$700, and the MDS14 dual monitor stand is about US$170.

More details on the Dell UltraSharp website.

The recently-announced Dell U2913WM makes up for a more ordinary gamut with an extremely wide-aspect 21:9 design.