Dell P4317Q Review
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Review of Dell P4317Q
While Dell isn’t considered to be a pioneer brand in monitors, they have been producing outstanding and competitive products for users in different niches of the market for quite some time now. They are creating a multitude of products to cover a broad range of customers and usages. For one, they have created the Dell P4317Q 4k UHD multi-client monitor for a particular set of users. The product is capable of handling four different inputs and aims to replace the usual multi-monitor setup and free the users from space-consuming installations. Aside from that, it is also capable of being a stunning 4k UHD monitor. This unique feature is found only in a few models and is applicable for several different purposes. Let us see if the P4317Q merits the premium price tag it commands.
- Screen Size: 43 inches
- Resolution: 4k UHD 3840 x 2160
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9Panel
- Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 60hz (DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort), 30hz (HDMI)
- Response Time (Gray to Gray): 8 milliseconds
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
- Brightness: 350 cd/m²
- Built-In Speakers: Yes (2 x 8 watts)
- Stand: Height – No
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5/+10)
- Stand: Swivel – No
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (100×100 and 200×200)
- Connectivity: 2 x HDMI (MHL), DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, VGA port, 4 x USB 3.0 Slots, 1 x USB 3.0 upstream port, 3.5mm Headphone port, Audio in port, Serial Port
- Weight: 31.1lbs
- Weight: 31.1lbs
- Dimensions: Without stand (WxHxD) – 38.30” x 22.30” x 3.30”
- With stand: 38.30” x 28.90” x 9.80″
Design and features
The Dell P4317Q’s remarkable 43-inch 4k screen is encased in a classy silver cabinet with matte black half-inch bezels. The design influence of other products in Dell’s “P” line which is intended for professionals is apparent in this model. The overall external look of this business oriented product is non-distracting enough to be placed in a work-related setting but sufficiently elegant to be put in a chic living room. The screen is also coated with anti-glare to reduce reflections and 2H hard coating to protect it from scratches. Also, the P4317Q has a footprint as wide as its price tag. However, compared to having four different monitors beside each other, that actuality still saves more space.
The Dell P4317Q has for buttons to navigate the OSD and a power button located on the right-hand side of the bottom bezel. The multiple connection ports are then located and neatly tucked under the rear frame. This arrangement is an ideal layout for modern monitors since cable management is a big thing for today’s applications. The product also looks better from behind since the ports aren’t visible and plastered all over the rear panel, but it is subtle enough not to cause a distraction.
Since this is a multi-input product, various connection options are available for the P4317Q. Included are two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, a USB 3.0 hub with four downstream and one upstream port, standard 3.5mm audio jack, a Serial port and a VGA port for legacy video input. There is also an audio line-in port to be used with the decent eight-watt speakers included in the package. Dell is generous enough to add cables for these ports as well. They included one HDMI cable, a regular and a mini DisplayPort cable, plus a high-speed USB cable. These connection options are a welcome addition for it adds a little more value for the package.
Since the product can accommodate a multitude of connections, the stand included has a circular hole at the neck to provide a solution for the clutter of all the cables. While the stand looks discrete, it can only provide minimal tilting for the monitor. This setback, however, is not a problem since the screen is too big to swivel or pivot either way. The p4317Q also has VESA holes at the back which can be revealed by removing the base and stand. Since the monitor is this hefty and limited in position adjustment, mounting it could also be a good idea. You can use a 100mm x 100mm or 200mm x 200mm pattern mount.
Display Features and Performance of Dell P4317Q
The Dell P4317Q has an admirable 43-inch 4k IPS panel with an enhanced phosphor WLED backlight for a better coverage of the sRGB color space. It also features a refresh rate of 60hz which is fast enough for most games and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The 10-bit output produces an excellent color reproduction and accuracy of around 82% gamut plus good grayscale performance. In tests, the colors appear vibrant and even. Details and shadows are excellently rendered as well. The viewing angles are wide, and the pictures are consistent even when viewing from different positions thanks to the IPS technology in the panel.
However, there is a small downside. The P4137Q has an 8ms response time. While not particularly bad, this will, however, affect performance for games and movies. Motion blur or ghosting might become apparent in some instances. Considering that Dell is offering a product whose main selling point is versatility, it would have been better this monitor had a better response rate to entice another set of users into getting this. Who wouldn’t want something that is the best of both worlds? Despite that, this product wasn’t originally intended to perform in that segment, so it isn’t specifically a deal breaker.
The highlighted feature of the P4317 is the ability to produce simultaneous images from four different sources. Selecting the PBP(Picture by Picture) setting in the OSD and having four different sources enables this. Once selected, this mode splits the screen into four equal panels with 1080p resolutions. That is equivalent to having four 21” monitors minus having to turn your head around to see everything. Also, users can choose from presets for split screen and side by side display or create custom sized windows using the display manager in the OSD. That is most convenient for users who intend to use this to view stock market charts, video feed from four different DVRs in a security feed, or for programmers who have several windows of coding opened at once.
Aside from PbP and the standard adjustment options, there is an option called PiP (Picture in Picture) in the OSD. This option means you can display a secondary input in inset windows on your main screen. This feature adds another variation as to how you can use the P4317Q. You can also access two color formats; RGB and YPbPr, plus five pre-calibrated presets to suit your needs. Despite all of these, the Dell P4317 lacks advanced color options found in other high-end products. But, in my opinion, most of those models are aimed at specific users as compared to the versatility this product is capable of doing.
The Dell P4317Q is a unique and exciting product for those looking for a specialized monitor for business needs. The PbP multi-input which creates four screens without bezel splits can be useful for a lot of applications in business while looking sleek and organized. In this mode, the display produces sharp and crisp 1080p pictures. There is also an option to create custom sized divisions for even more usage options. This capability also makes management convenient due to less cable clutter and a minimized desktop footprint compared to having multiple smaller monitors.
In addition to that, this product can also perform as a beautiful and vibrant 4k UHD display in single input mode with outstanding clarity, color reproduction, and contrast. For a product aimed at being versatile, the P4317Q does an admirable job in certain categories such as grayscale performance usually mentioned alongside products meant for graphics or design work. If you are in the market for a flexible monitor that can serve as a tool for business use such as programming, a command center for monitoring and control of several things, or if you just want a beautiful display with flexible options, the Dell P4317Q comes highly recommended.