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LG UltraFine vs Dell UltraSharp Best 5K Monitor Display 2018

In this comparison of 5K monitors, we pit against each other the Dell 27 UltraSharp UP2715K and the LG UltraFine 5K. Both of these monitors offer an ultra-high resolution, excellent color accuracy, and a wide range of adjustability, but only one of them can be winner.

Best 5K Monitor

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Dell Dell UltraSharp UP2715K 5K LED monitor 2885.18
LG LG 27" 27MD5KA UltraFine 5K LED Monitor 1594.99

Dell 27 UltraSharp UP2715K

The UP2715K continues on the path laid down by previous UltraSharp monitors. It has a well-designed stand that allows for tilt, swivel, and height adjustments, along with pivot capability. The monitor is equipped with two DisplayPorts (for 5K support), a Mini DisplayPort (for 4K support), two upstream USB 3.0 ports, four downstream USB 3.0 ports, and a media card reader.

Integrated into the monitor are two down-facing speakers from Harman Kardon. The pair of speakers can together produce an impressive 32 watts of power (2 x 16 watts), and the sound coming from them is surprisingly refined and full-bodied—much more than typical built-in monitor speakers are.

The UP2715K is meant for professional users who demand superb color accuracy and even backlighting when editing photos and video. In this regard, the UP2715K certainly doesn’t disappoint as it covers 99 percent of the AdobeRGB color spectrum and 100 percent of the sRGB color spectrum thanks to its high-capacity 12-bit internal processing, which enables up to 1.07 billion colors and high level of detail even in dark areas.

If you would like to improve the color accuracy of the UP2715K even more, you can purchase the X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter and use it to tweak onscreen colors via the Dell UltraSharp Color Calibration Solution software.

Being a professional monitor with an ultra-high resolution and best-in-class adjustability, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that it costs over $2,000. We think the price is fair for a monitor of this caliber, but only you can know whether you have a use for it or not.

LG UltraFine 5K

Costing only half the price of the Dell 27 UltraSharp UP2715K, this 5K monitor from LG targets Mac users who are looking for an ultra-high-resolution monitor suitable for everything from multimedia consumption to photo and video editing to office work.

But just because the monitor targets Mac users doesn’t mean that you can’t use it with a PC. The LG UltraFine 5K provides three downstream USB-C ports (5 Gbps) and ships with one Thunderbolt 3 cable with support for simultaneous 5K video, audio, and data transmission. If you don’t have a graphics card with a USB-C port, you can always get an adapter and transform the included Thunderbolt 3 cable to fit whatever port you have available.

The built-in speakers on the LG UltraFine 5K are not nearly are refined as the one on the Dell 27 UltraSharp UP2715K, the LG makes up for it with a built-in webcam. While the webcam won’t cut it for livestreamers and YouTubers, its quality is more than adequate for video conferencing and basic recording.

But the main selling point of the LG UltraFine 5K is its gorgeous 27-inch display panel with a stunning 5120-by-2880 resolution, P3 wide color gamut, and 500 cd/m² of brightness. Compared to a typical 4K UHD monitor, the LG UltraFine 5K has 77 percent more pixels per inch, and its image quality is on par with Apple’s Retina displays and other professional-grade monitors.

Verdict

LG’s offer is hard to ignore considering the UltraFine 5K costs only half of what the Dell 27 UltraSharp UP2715K does but offers just as compelling set of features and capabilities. Unless you’re a professional graphics designer or someone who wants the best color accuracy available, we think the UltraFine 5K delivers a bigger bang for your buck.

Best 5K Monitor

ImgAmazon.com Link Brand ProductAmazon.com Link Price on Amazon.com
Dell Dell UltraSharp UP2715K 5K LED monitor 2885.18
LG LG 27" 27MD5KA UltraFine 5K LED Monitor 1594.99

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