Early in December, Dell threw its hat into the 4K display market with the launch of a high-end 31.5-inch display for $3,500 and a “mid-range” 24-inch model at $1,299. At the time, the company promised that a consumer-targeted 28-inch model for “under $1,000” would be unveiled in early 2014. Now, following the launch of other relatively affordable 4K solutions at CES, Dell is set to unveil the details on the 28-inch model, starting with a surprising price of $699, according to Forbes.
Featuring the standard 4K resolution of 3840-by–2160, the P2815Q will launch globally on January 23rd. While exact specifications have yet to be detailed, Dell promises “multiple inputs,” full height, tilt, pivot, and swivel abilities, and the same “screen performance” as the already announced higher-end models.
The biggest question, however, is refresh rate. Cheaper 4K monitors and televisions offer the same 8+ million pixels as their more expensive counterparts, but cap the refresh rate at 30Hz. While 30Hz is acceptable for basic productivity tasks and some video content, activities like gaming and fast motion video require the 60Hz rate only offered by the more expensive options. At Dell’s reported price point for the P2815Q, it will be quite impressive indeed if the company can pull off 60Hz.
What started last year with displays costing as much as a nice used car has quickly fallen to affordable levels. It looks like 4K is off to a great start in 2014.