Help Me Choose: Displays

Introducing true high-definition (HD) resolution for Dell Precision mobile workstations 
Introducing Dell Precision mobile workstations with true high-definition (HD) resolution on 16:9 aspect ratio displays. The new aspect ratio is optimized for viewing HD content.

Expect High Quality With Dell Premium Panel LCDs 
The image on your Dell Precision mobile workstation's display is made of tiny dots called pixels. Dell Precision displays with Premium Panel Guarantee are premium within the industry because they are guaranteed during the term of the Limited Hardware Warranty* to have zero pixels stuck in the "on" position — a factor that results in a bright dot on the display. This means that all pixels are working to provide the best image possible. 

See More With Dell UltraSharp LCDs
Dell offers UltraSharp LCDs on Dell Precision mobile workstations. The UltraSharp LCDs have higher resolution, and with higher resolution, you will have more pixels on your LCD panel — for example, an QHD+ resolution will have 3200 horizontal pixels on 1800 lines while FHD resolution will have 1920 horizontal pixels on 1080 lines. Dell UltraSharp LCDs can provide an excellent viewing experience and increase the amount of viewable content for a number of business-related tasks, including:
  • Simultaneously working with multiple open applications on your desktop
  • Working with large spreadsheets with multiple rows and columns of content
  • Working with resolution-intensive digital content creation or data visualization applications
  • Crisper reproduction of images and videos
  • A better overall viewing experience

All Dell Precision LCD options are described by display-standard abbreviations, such as WXGA, HD, WXGA+, FHD and WUXGA. See the "Compare Side by Side" tab to see the resolutions offered on Dell Precision mobile workstations.
Experience More With Enhanced Display Options

Overall, the quality of the image on your Dell Precision laptop's display depends on several factors, including resolution, brightness, contrast ratio, color gamut and viewing angle. In addition to premium quality, Dell offers a wide range of performance opportunities. See the key definitions below to learn more about the various attributes and metrics of an LCD screen.

Key Definitions:
  • Size: Laptop screens are measured diagonally from the corners; this usually does not include the bezel such as many desktop monitors
  • Resolution: The physical number of columns and rows of pixels creating the display. For example, a 1280 x 800 display has 1280 horizontal pixels on 800 lines. The more pixels you have, the higher the resolution, which means more can be displayed on the screen
  • Brightness: The amount of light emitted from the display. This is also known as luminance and is measured in nits or candela per square meter. A typical Dell laptop emits about 220 nit
  • Other attributes:
    • Anti-glare (AG): A matte finish that diffuses light, resulting in no reflection and narrower viewing angles. Anti-glare technology is designed to reduce the intensity of reflected light from the surrounding environment, making it ideal for typical office settings, as well as for the varying lighting conditions in environments, such as customer sites, airports and other public spaces
    • Truelife: A Truelife display has a glossy appearance, which amplifies the contrast ratio of the panel. Truelife technology delivers darker blacks and colors that pop for vivid graphics and lifelike video. It is ideal for home, gaming or video use
  • UltraSharp: UltraSharp panels are those panels that have a ppi (pixels per inch) of 120 or higher
  • Contrast Ratio: The ratio of the intensity of the brightest bright to the darkest dark
  • Viewing Angle: The maximum angle at which a display can be viewed with acceptable visual performance. A standard viewing angle offers 80º horizontally and 45º vertically while wide viewing angles offer at least 110º horizontally and 90º vertically. In addition, displays with In Plane Switching (IPS) technology provide a wider viewing angle that offers consistent 170º horizontally and vertically
  • Backlight: The form of illumination used in an LCD display. Backlights help determine the brightness and color gamut of the laptop. Currently, Dell uses WLED (White Light-Emitting Diode): Power efficient and mercury free backlights in Dell Precision laptops
  • Color Gamut: How many types of colors are supported on a certain complete subset of colors? 42–45 percent is typical on a standard cold-cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) panel. Dell Precision laptop panels with RGBLED backlights offer 100 percent color gamut for the ultimate experience in working with graphics and color

Enjoy More With PremierColor 

PremierColor is a color technology sub-brand from Dell, which encapsulates the key attributes of color such as precise color accuracy, compatibility with industry color standard, internal color space selection, as well as amazing color gamut and depth. See the key attributes below to learn more about PremierColor technology.

  • Consistent and precise color: PremierColor-supported Dell Precision laptops are shipped with factory-level, predefined color spaces, such as Adobe® RGB, sRGB and NTSC to deliver accurate image color data. PremierColor-supported Precision LCDs are also using IPS (In Plane Switching) technology that provides a world-class viewing experience with no color distortion from any angle delivering consistent performance
  • Alignment with industry color standards: Alignment with industry color standards: PremierColor-supported Dell Precision laptops have more than 100 percent color gamut coverage, which can cover 100 percent sRGB, 100 percent NTSC
The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here.

If you want...Choose...
To simultaneously display multiple applications open on your laptop.A high-resolution panel such as QHD+ or FHD
To work productively with large images.    A high-resolution panel such as QHD+ or FHD
A display for resolution-intensive applications such as digital content creation or data visualizationA high-resolution panel such as QHD+ or FHD
To allow multiple people to collaborate around one laptop or share a presentation with one or two other peopleA panel with a wide viewing angle

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ModelDescription SizeResolution PixelsBrightness
(nits, typical) 
Viewing Angle Contrast Ratio Adobe RGB Color Gamut Backlight 
M2800  15.6" HD
(1366 x 768) Display
 15.6" HD1366 x 768 220 Std 400:160% WLED 
M2800 15.6" Premium UltraSharp FHD (1920 x 1080) Display With Wide Viewing Angle  15.6"FHD 1920 x 1080 300Wide 600:1 60% WLED


15.6" Premium UltraSharp
 FHD (1920 x 1080) Display With Wide Viewing Angle
and Touch 
15.6” FHD  1920x1080 360Wide 600:1 60% WLED 
M3800UltraSharp QHD+ (3200 x 1800) Display with wide viewing angle and Touch 15.6”  QHD+3200x1800 400 Wide  -72% WLED 
 M4800  15.6" HD
(1366 x 768) Display
15.6"HD 1366 x 768220Std400:160%WLED
M480015.6" Premium UltraSharp  FHD (1920 x 1080) Display With Wide Viewing Angle15.6" FHD1920 x 1080300Wide600:160%WLED 
M4800 UltraSharp QHD+ (3200 x 1800) Display with wide viewing angle  15.6”QHD+ 3200 x 1800 400  Wide1000:1  72% (100% sRGB)WLED 
M680017.3" Premium HD+ (1600 x 900) Display17.3" HD+1600 x 900220Std500:160%WLED
M680017.3" Premium, UltraSharp  FHD (1920 x 1080) Display 17.3"FHD1920 x 1080300Wide600:172% WLED
M680017.3" Premium, UltraSharp FHD (1920 x 1080) Touch17.3"FHD1920 x 1080210Wide550:172%WLED