Dell P2217H 21.5-inch monitor review

Dell has always been one of the top brands in the production of professional monitors and even in 2018 won the title of the top brand of monitor manufacturers in the world from the perspective of IDC. The Dell P2217H 21.5-inch monitor uses an IPS panel, allowing users to enjoy clear, FULL HD (1080P) resolution through the VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort input ports.

Dell 21.5-inch monitor model P2217H has a brightness of 250 nits (contrast: 1000: 1) and a frequency of 60 Hz (response time 6 milliseconds) and a viewing angle of 178 degrees.

This display with anti-light reflection (matte) coverage and 16: 9 aspect ratio and 8-bit bit depth have left an extraordinary quality.

The Dell P2217 is a responsive, wide-angle IPS monitor that is ideal for office use thanks to a fully movable tripod. It does not offer the best image quality, but low input latency and motion blur make it a good gaming display.

Unfortunately, poor contrast and uneven blacks in dark rooms greatly affect image quality. The image may be too poor for well-lit environments.


The design of the Dell P2217H is good. Although the design is not eye-catching and is not the heart of a room, with a wide range of ergonomic settings, some cable routing, and a small footprint is very practical.

This monitor has a vertical/horizontal orientation setting which is very suitable for this size as a secondary portrait monitor.

The edges are also relatively thin, so it looks good when you are close to another monitor with thin edges.

Thanks to the stand, it can be placed near the wall and maximize desktop space.

Photo quality

The image quality of the Dell Professional P2217H is below average due to its low native contrast ratio. Blacks look gray in a dark room, and poor uniformity leads to dark spots.

Also, the monitor cannot be turned on too much to block glare. However, the anti-reflective coating can compensate for this well, making it suitable for bright environments.

The picture of the box is quite accurate, which is good. This is exactly what keeps going, even when distracted, which is great for sharing pictures with colleagues or friends.

Unfortunately, the monitor does not support advanced features to further enhance image quality, such as local dimming or HDR.


The Dell P2217H is neat. It has a quick response time, which is great for displaying fast content such as sports or video games. It also has no flicker, which leads to a gentle movement.

Unfortunately, this is limited to the 60Hz refresh rate, which results in less crisp, clear video game gestures compared to higher refresh rate monitors. There is also no function to place a black frame, so you can not reduce the continuity in sports or games.


The Dell P2217H has very little input latency, but only has a relatively normal FHD resolution and a screen size of fewer than 22 inches.


The Dell P2217 supports some additional features, such as setting the response time and selecting whether the USB ports are on standby when the monitor is on.

Overall, the on-screen display is very intuitive and easy to use, and the controls provide good tactile feedback.

Use the monitor

Suitable monitor for mixed use. The Dell P2217H is a simple, small display that can be used as a general display.

It’s not prominent at all, but it is versatile enough that it can be a good choice for those looking for a simple monitor. The flickering backlight makes it easy to use for a long time.


Good monitor for office use. A highly tuned screen makes it easy to set up. Wide viewing angles also allow you to easily share with other members of the office. Unfortunately, smaller sizes can limit productivity a bit, and low overall brightness can be a problem in many window environments.


The good Dell P2217 game monitor has low input latency, which is noticeable, but also shows low motion blur and keeps moving objects clearly on the screen. Unfortunately, the standard 60Hz refresh rate and lack of variable refresh rate are better for regular users.

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Medium monitor for media consumption. The P2217ZH has good accuracy in the factory, but low contrast and black and white uniformity significantly affect image quality.

It also does not support HDR and can not cover larger color spaces such as DCI-P3 for clearer colors.

Technical Specification


  • Diagonally Viewable Size: 54.61 cm (21.5 Inches)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Backlight Technology: LED
  • Display Screen Coating: Antiglare with 3H hardness
  • Panel Type: In-Plane switching Technology
  • Maximum Preset Resolution: 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz
  • Viewing Angle: (178° vertical / 178° horizontal)
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000: 1 (typical), 4 Million: 1 (Dynamic)
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.248 mm x 0.248 mm
  • Pixel Per Inch (PPI): 102
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m2 (typical)
  • Response Time: 6ms (gray to gray)


  • Height-adjustable stand (130mm)
  • Tilt (-5° to 21°)
  • Swivel (45° to 45°)
  • Pivot (90° clockwise)
  • Built in cable-management


  • 1x DP (ver 1.2)
  • 1x USB 3.0 port – Upstream
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports – Side
  • 2x USB 2.0 ports – Bottom
  • 1X VGA
  • 1x HDMI


Suitable for casual games

The Dell P2217H offers a good gaming experience for public display in this price range due to its reasonable input latency and good motion control.

The monitor feels responsive due to the 9.8-millisecond input delay. Only game monitors in this price range perform better than such a result.

The movement seems quite clear because only a small footprint is traced that moves objects on the screen. Monitor pixels take only six milliseconds to change color, which reduces blur.

 No flicker

This monitor does not put extra stress on your eyes because the backlight does not flicker. This is important because the flicker of the monitor is one of the main causes of eye fatigue.

Does not suffer from image retention

You can leave the monitor on for a long time without worrying about pixel damage, as the Dell P2217H has no image preservation problems.

Excellent ergonomics

Depending on the needs of your workspace, you will have no problem setting up this monitor because the Dell P2217H supports all the necessary ergonomic settings. In addition, you can easily change its orientation from landscape to portrait and vice versa.

 It has a USB hub

You can charge external USB devices and connect them to a computer using the USB 3.0 Monitor Hub.

The hub consists of four downstream ports used to connect peripherals and a single upstream port that connects the hub to the computer.

 Good image quality

Contrast ratio, brightness, color accuracy, and gamma are equal to what most competitors offer in this price range.

The IPS monitor panel displays a beautiful image with bright and saturated colors, deep black perfectly suited and medium color.

The colors appear thanks to the maximum brightness of the 250 nits monitor. Dark scenes look great because 1147: 1 monitor’s native contrast ratio is high enough to show a black IPS screen well. The middle tones are perfectly balanced because the 2.18 gamma of the monitor is only 1% of the ideal value.

In addition, it is very difficult to detect color inaccuracies because the average color error of dE is only 3.2.

 Good for general use

The Dell P2217H, while not superior in any way, has enough flexibility for a monitor suitable for general purposes. This feature has the good image quality and excellent connectivity with a remarkable range of ergonomic settings.

This display is also suitable for casual and non-competitive games, as its input latency and pixel response time are so low that it can provide a logical and responsive gaming experience.


Limited color space

The Dell P2217H is not a good tool for critical color applications as it only supports 92.7% of sRBG color space.

sRBG is the default color space for web applications, SDR media, and the standard Windows environment.

The default image settings are not the best

You need to calibrate this monitor to achieve the best color accuracy. Fortunately, the Dell P2217H calibration method is simple, and all ICC color profiles are available on the Internet.

Fortunately, you do not need any special equipment to calibrate this monitor.

No speaker

This monitor does not have built-in speakers.

It needs ambient lighting

The monitor does not look good in a dark room because its panel can not fully absorb the monitor backlight, which makes some areas on the screen look uneven.

This problem is common in most monitors in this price range.

It does not have a 3.5 mm audio jack

The Dell P2217H does not have a 3.5mm analog audio output.

Bad for bright rooms

The Dell P2217H cannot fight off glare in bright rooms because the brightness is not high enough.

Technical Details

Standing screen display size21.5 Inches
Max Screen Resolution1920X1080 Pixels
Number of USB 2.0 Ports2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports3

Other Technical Details

Item model numberP2217H
Item Weight10.8 pounds
Product Dimensions19.64 x 7.09 x 18.81 inches
Item Dimensions LxWxH19.64 x 7.09 x 18.81 inches
ManufacturerDell Marketing USA, LP
Is Discontinued By ManufacturerNo
Date First AvailableMay 10, 2016
Technical Details of dell P2217H

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