The market has already enfolded its head about the concept of 4K which is double of the resolution of 1080p HD. But that has not stopped the display industry from forging ahead to 5K. With the upcoming Ultra Sharp 27 Ultra HD 5K, Dell is striking off the 5K resolution revolution if the customer is in the market for a real festival present to have. It has a 27 inches monitor with a resolution of about 5120×2880; the 27-inch tech monster works out about seven times the number of pixels in an equivalently sized up to 1080p display. It is also a few million more pixels than a 4K monitor supports. The Ultra Sharp 27 Ultra HD 5K comes with tremendous features like Dell Premier Color calibrations, a half dozen USB ports, and a pair of 16-watt Harmon Kardon speakers built-in as Dell thought that the customers should get extra privilege when they are paying $2500 for the product. The monitor can also pivot to portrait mode if your viewing needs require it.
It is a wonder to know that not only if people need a 5K monitor, but also how come Dell has managed to get that resolution into a 27 inches screen. It has a PPI of 218, which is putting it on about par with the 15 inch Mac Book Pro with retina display of 2880x1800p. When it goes on sale around Christmas time-for $2500 and it is finally going to replace IBM’s mythical 13-year old T220/T221 as the highest-res desktop monitor. The Dell Ultra Sharp 27 Ultra HD 5K monitor is about to give its full name as a workstation-grade piece of hardware. It has all the usual trappings of a professional monitor; such as Dell Premier Color Calibration, and an anti-smudge/anti-reflective coating.
At 5120×2880, Dell’s entire new monitor has a total pixel count of 14.7 million (14,745,600 to be exact). A 4K monitor or TV clocks in at just 3840×2160-8.3 million pixels, when a Smartphone has just 2 million pixels. It works out at 218 PPI which is comparable to high-resolution laptops such as Asus Zen book or Apple Retina MBP, but lower than the 300+ PPI of modern tablets and Smartphone. Most importantly, 218 PPI is more than double of your current 22- or 24- inch desktop monitor which is almost sitting at around 100 PPI.
Where everyone is just starting to hit 4K, how is that possible for Dell to go into 5K? Nobody is actually making 5120×2880 panels, at least not at 27-inches diagonal. This is the same approach that the users have already seen with some 4K monitors, which use two 1920×2160 panels rather than a single 3840×2160 unit. In the case of Dell’s 5K monitor, it is probably driven via two display port 1.2 connectors with multi-stream transport. If Dell’s Ultra Sharp 27 HD 5K monitor really is a tiled display, then that just reaffirms that is for professional users who need as much as resolution as possible- and not for gamers. It seems to be those high-resolution desktop monitors which have been absent for so many years and now have arrived for $2500.