Dell's website hinted it early, but there's now an official announcement: the Texas company has released the first 24-inch Ultra HD monitor on the market.
There are a few other Ultra HD monitors available already, but they are 32-inch models, like the Sharp PN-K321 and the Asus PQ321Q. Dell's 24-inch UP2414Q is the first mid-sized monitor to use the 3840x2160-pixel resolution, and it comes with a price tag that's significantly more accessible than any 32-inch competitor.
The Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD monitor, available in the US, Canada and South America from December 16, will cost US$1399; it is over US$2000 cheaper than Dell's US$3499 UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD, released at the same time. Dell is also planning to release a 28-inch version, the P2815Q, in early 2014, with an even more affordable price. It's not yet confirmed whether any of Dell's Ultra HD monitors will be available in Australia, but it's likely.
The Ultra HD resolution of the new Dell monitor means it has four times as many pixels as a Full HD screen, allowing for more visible fine image detail and higher-quality video display. Gaming is equally improved, although you'll need a high-end graphics card or two to support the demands of the increased resolution. Dell's UP2414Q will run its maximum resolution at 60Hz, too, unlike the 30Hz of most 32-inch displays, using DisplayPort 1.2. An in-plane switching (IPS) panel means wide viewing angles, as well as a wide colour gamut.
The 24-inch monitor size has always been the point at which high quality meets affordability; there are dozens of gaming-oriented 1080p displays with high refresh rates, as well as cheaper models that offer a large amount of screen real estate for an impressively low price. It's not a size where resolution has differed greatly, though, with no 1440p or 1600p screens available — that's why Dell's 2160p display will shake things up.