Buy it on Amazon – (affiliate link) – Dell’s S2718D is a very thin 1440p monitor that can charge USB-C equipped laptops through its connection cable. See more monitors: and subscribe! – Index below:
00:48 – Hardware overview
01:01 – Viewing angles
01:18 – Image quality
02:42 – Price
02:54 – Stand and adjustments / not VESA compatible
03:37 – Ports and connectors
04:09 – Limitations of power delivery
05:59 – Performance of USB ports
06:28 – No speakers / audio pass through
06:53 – On screen display
07:32 – High quality white balance / color temperature performance
07:55 – Gaming performance
08:21 – Gaming input lag
09:44 – Conclusion and final thoughts
This is an expensive display. But the image quality out of it feels as it should for the premium price tag. Excellent color, excellent viewing angles, excellent black levels, and quite a bit of adjustability to tune the image. That said there are 1440p displays that get similar performance that cost less although they aren’t packaged as nicely.
Gamers will likely find better options than this one (also at lower prices). Its refresh rate is 60hz, it has a 6-8ms response rate, and I found its input lag to be slightly behind gaming monitors especially when the display’s HDR mode is activated.
Speaking of HDR mode, it only works when the computer is connected via HDMI and not via the USB-C port. So the single cable solution, which is a big selling point here, is negated when the monitor’s other big selling point is enabled.
I am also surprised the output power of the USB-C port is not higher. Its maximum 45 watt output means that many high powered laptops (including Dell’s own Dell XPS 15) will not charge through the USB-C connector as they require considerably more power. The XPS 15 requires 130 watts of power.
This means that unless you have a smaller 12 or 13″ laptop you will likely need to attach an additional cable to power the device. There are USB-C docks on the market that support 130 watts so it’s surprising this premium display does not.
So unless you absolutely need the thinnest bezels and display width I would suggest looking at some lower cost displays that might actually deliver more performance.
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