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Rise of HDR and 4K on display in the top 5 monitors at CES 2017

While displays aren’t as glamorous or exciting as new CPUs, GPUs, virtual reality (VR) gaming, and augmented reality (AR) systems, they’re nevertheless the things that we stare at the most when using our PCs. Displays therefore probably have the most impact on the overall computing experience.

If CES 2017 has accomplished nothing else, it’s at least brought to light a number of new products that demonstrate just how seriously manufacturers are taking displays. We’re going to highlight the five examples that best demonstrate just how much better displays are becoming, with higher 4K resolutions, high dynamic range (HDR), and a wider color gamut ensuring that what we are staring at all day is as pleasant as possible.

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Dell Ultrathin 27

First up is Dell’s new S2718D Ultrathin 27 display, which it bills as the “world’s overall thinnest monitor.” The 27-inch IPS display uses the same InfinityEdge concept as Dell’s popular XPS 13 and XPS 15 notebooks to pack a larger screen into a smaller overall footprint. And, Dell does it all while also providing a display with excellent specifications.

The Ultrathin 27 sports a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, up to 400 nits of brightness, and 98 percent coverage of the sRGB color gamut. A wide 178-degree viewing angle makes it a great option for sharing, and its QHD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution ensures a sharp image. Finally, the display also features the increasingly common HDR feature for impressively bright colors.

Dell is making sure it’s supporting the latest connectivity trends as well with the USB Type-C connection that supports power, audio, and video in a single cable. The rear of the stand houses a cable organizer to keep things uncluttered.

The Dell Ultrathin 27 will retail for $700, and the company hasn’t yet provided information on when the new display will hit the market.

Dell UP3218K

Dell UP3218K

Dell is also attacking high-end displays with its UP3218K UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K monitor. That mouthful of a moniker denotes the display’s more impressive feature: Dell has shoved 7,680 x 4,220 resolution into the 32-inch monitor, which is a crazy 33.2 million pixels and an official “8K” certification. For the mathematically challenged, that equates to more than 16 times the content of a Full HD display, and an incredibly sharp 280 pixels-per-inch.

In addition, the UltraSharp 32 provides excellent colors, with 100-percent coverage of the Adobe RGB and sRGB gamuts and 1.07 billion colors. Contrast ratio is also excellent at 1,300:1, with 400 nits of brightness keeping up with the brightest ambient lighting. Connectivity is also strong, with four USB 3.0 ports, two DisplayPort 1.3 connections, and an audio line out. Interestingly, Dell has skipped the HDMI support.

Dell should begin shipping the UltraSharp 32 in March 2017, when you’ll have to pay a pretty penny for it. Retail pricing is set at $5,000, so you’ll be making a serious investment to put the new display on your desktop.

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