Dell UltraSharp UP2516D review: better than the U2515H?

A lot of value for your money, albeit with a caveat



Monitors might not always – unfairly of course - appeal to the imagination, but when a monitor keeps the minds engaged, it does so very well. The Dell UltraSharp U2515H was – and is – such a monitor, that has been a favorite with customers for a long time due to the excellent price / performance ratio. However, Dell has another very interesting product: the UltraSharp UP2516D. It has not been tested a lot, and we wanted to change that. Fortunately Dell was able to supply us with a test model.

At first, the UltraSharp UP2516D looks identical to the U2515H: a diagonal of 25 inch, 2560x1440 pixels (this results in a pixel density of 117 ppi), an ips-panel, height-adjustable base, a ton of connectivity – it is not without reason that a lot of people are wondering which one of the two to choose. Especially because the UP2516D can be found for less than the immensely popular U2515H.

Dell UltraSharp UP2516D

The answer to the difference is simple: the UP2516D uses a more complex backlight technology, making the panel able to largely reproduce the AdobeRGB colour space. In theory this makes the product a lot more expensive, but in practice our Price Comparison shows otherwise. The U2515H costs about 380 dollars on average and can be found for 335 dollars at the time of writing, the UP2516D can be found from 330 dollars and has an average price of 365 dollars. The maximum price in our Price Comparison is further apart: slightly below 450 dollars for the U2515H, but about 562 dollars for the UP2516D. 

The big brother of the UP2516D, the UP2716D, is also considerably more expensive. We reviewed that model some time ago and were very happy with the test results. For a two inch smaller diagonal and no other differences, we expect the smaller model to look even better.

We tested the UltraSharp UP2516D quite extensively using our new test method. This means that comparison with the older models, for example the U2515H, is only possible in limited fashion. Nevertheless the market with wqhd-monitors smaller than 27 inch is not that large. We do our best to clarify the differences with the models that we tested using the old test method, but primarily focus our attention on the test results of this monitor that was introduced in November last year. We can already state that these do not disappoint, although there is a catch.

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Dell UltraSharp UP2516D

25 inch, 2560x1440, 117 ppi, IPS, 60 Hz, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, AdobeRGB, 6 ms, 300 cd/m², 1000 : 1

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Avg. $449.00
2 shops, 2x stock

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