If you finally jumped on the 4K display bandwagon now that prices for the pixel-packed monitors have started to reach merely expensive, rather than outright obscene levels, have I got news for you: Your purchase is already obsolete!
Dell announced its aptly named Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor on Thursday, which—you guessed it—is a 27-inch PC monitor with a resolution of 5120x2880. Yes, you read that right: It's a 5K monitor. Dell's display packs the equivalent of 14.7 megapixels, compared to the approximately 8.3MP found in a standard 3840x2160 4K monitor, and seven times the resolution of a typical 1080p display. That's a lot of pixels. And at 218 pixels-per-inch, Dell's monitor packs pixel density comparable to a MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Dell's press release for the 5K monitor isn't too detailed, saying only that it will include a pair of 16W Harmon Kardon speakers, Dell's PremierColor technology, a media card reader, and six USB ports. So how will all the pretty pictures get from your PC to the display itself? Maximum PC got some hands-on time with the monitor and reports that it needs two, yes two, DisplayPort 1.2 connections for full fidelity.**
Hey, I said it was a lot of pixels.
So many, in fact, that this drool-worthy display will probably be a bigger hit with businesses than PC enthusiasts. You'll no doubt need a hefty video card to pump out graphics on this beast—Maximum PC's demo was powered by a workstation class Quadro K5000 card—and with standard 4K displays bringing most graphics cards to their knees, you'd need a truly fire-breathing setup indeed to ever consider gaming at a resolution this high.
Look for the Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor to appear on store shelves during fourth quarter with a sticker price of (brace yourself) $2,500.
**Which lends credence to AnandTech's musings that Dell's display could actually be comprised of two 2560x2880 screens doing fancy things with DisplayPort's Multi-Stream Transport technology rather a singular, truly 5K panel.