Dell's insane 30-inch 4K OLED monitor can now be yours — if you have a spare $3,500

Dell's jaw-dropping new 30-inch OLED monitor is now on sale at Dell (opens in new tab), and the good news is it's a fair bit cheaper than the original $4,999 price tag Dell revealed at CES 2016. The bad news? This baby's still going to run you a cool $3,499.

As it turns out, that cheaper price might have something to do with a slight variation on Dell's originally intended specs for the affectionately dubbed UP3017Q. The monitor was originally said to ship with a 120Hz 4K display, but that's now down to a 60Hz panel. Considering the rest of the monitor's specs, including its ultra-fast 0.1ms response time, that's not a bad tradeoff.

For your money, you'll pick up a 4K OLED panel with an advertised contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Aside from its benefits to response time, the OLED display also means much more saturated colors and a inkier blacks. As for coverage, Dell is claiming compatibility with industry standards, including 100% AdobeRGB, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709, 97.5% DCI-P3 and 85.8% Rec. 2020.

If you happen to have a spare few thousand lying around in your monitor fund, you can grab the UP3017Q from Dell now. And for more, check ut our hands-on time with the monitor from CES 2016 below.

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  • It's a shame that they didn't push the input generations forward with this display. Neither DP 1.2 nor HDMI 2.0 can take full advantage of everything maxed out that this display offers - resolution (3840 x 2160) + refresh (60Hz) + bit-depth (10-bit) + 4:4:4 chroma. So, you have to make some concessions: Do you want 10-bit? Ok, you have to drop down to 30Hz. 4K60? 8-bit for you! 4K60 10-bit is doable, but only in 4:2:0 chroma subsampling, so you lose picture quality there, as well.
    If they hadn't gone to the latest spec of display connections, they should have done something like their quad input display - 4 pipes of HD60 10-bit would be very doable and would make this a logical buy for the theme park business for testing/maintenance purposes (provided the EDID supports 2048 x 1080). They could even bump it up to 120Hz if splitting into 4 quadrants!
    It's still a significant improvement over what many average users are used to seeing on most panels, where it's difficult to even find a true 8-bit display (a lot are 6-bit + FRC to make a faux 8-bit). But at this price, I'd rather skip OLED and get HDMI 2.1 or DP 1.4.
  • Thanks for the summary.  Knowledge like yours helps people make good financial decisions :) .
  • Don't get me wrong - I'm sure it's absolutely gorgeous and next to any other display with all parts equal except for OLED, the OLED *should* stand out. But is it $2000 nicer than, say, Dell's own 32" IPS UP3216Q? I think I'll spend my money elsewhere (like a PC to drive the display!).
  • or even an OLED TV from LG. 
  • Interesting comment, but what does the theme park business have to do with this? Just curious.
  • Dark ride projectors are driven by high powered servers at high resolutions and high frame rates (at least the servers my company makes). For maintenance and service needs currently (depending on the tests, anyway), multiple displays have to be set up to test the outputs of the servers. One big challenge is that a lot of higher end ride projectors are generally displaying DCI 4K - 4096 x 2160 - by using quadrants of 2048x1080, a format many standard monitors won't take. Then, when you talk about higher refresh rates, the display options become even more limited. Now as 10-bit and 12-bit become more prevalent, there are even fewer display options that can support all of the capabilities, short of the very expensive projectors themselves. Even the lowest end projectors that can accept some of these formats are high end home theater projectors starting around $10K. So, a single display that could take multiple inputs and display the native format is ideal for quickly QCing and getting everything back into service to minimize down time. It saves space and money over setting up multiple projectors, and can be carted around much more easily to test at end points for debugging signal flow issues.
  • It'll be another 7-10 years before I'll get one. That price is rediculous. I'll get a 5k or 8k display.
  • If it's a 4K display, how come it's so much more expensive than a 65 inch 4K HDR TV ?
  • Came here wondering the same. You can get a TV double the size, still OLED... For just $500 more
  • because TV panels are so cheap, manufacturers price gouge All GOOD monitors. Good monitors are hard to come by, and the few that are out there are over priced by at least Double what they should cost, some, like this $3500 panel, is triple what the price should be.  
  • Too expensive.
  • Is that Alan Fidler from Wirral?