We've reviewed nearly 20 Dell monitors. Dell releases a handful of monitors each year, usually towards the end of the year, and like many manufacturers, some of their most popular models tend to stay on the market for 2-3 years. Dell monitors range from basic 1080p monitors to the most advanced gaming or professional-grade monitors. Many Dell monitors target office users, and from Dell's website, it's even possible to buy monitors without stands, or in kits, great if you want a multi-monitor setup on a mounting bracket.
The Dell U2718Q is the best Dell monitor we've tested so far. It's a very good 4k monitor with decent picture quality, a good design, and decent motion handling.
This monitor isn't really intended for gaming, as it has a simple 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like a variable refresh rate.
Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, there's little benefit to it, as it can't get very bright in HDR, and it can't display a wide color gamut. There can also be some strange artifacts in motion, including duplications, as the backlight isn't flicker-free. Overall, though, it's a very good monitor for most uses.
The Dell S2417DG is the best Dell gaming monitor that we've tested so far. Although some may find the size of this monitor a bit small, it has a good amount of features that most gamers look for. The TN panel provides an outstanding response time, a high 144Hz refresh rate, and has an optional black frame insertion feature to further reduce motion blur. Along with a low input lag and native support for NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology, this monitor provides a smooth and responsive gaming experience that should please even the most hardcore gamers.
Unfortunately, TN panels have their disadvantages, as contrast ratio and black uniformity are rather poor, making this monitor less ideal for dark rooms. Viewing angles are also sub-par, which is disappointing for those who like to play co-op games. Additionally, out of the box color accuracy is quite bad, but on the upside, the monitor's 1440p resolution provides a detailed picture, and the monitor's flicker-free backlight helps to reduce eye strain.
Overall, if you don't mind the smaller size, the Dell S2417DG is a great choice for those looking for a responsive monitor with exceptional motion handling.
If you find the Dell S2417DG too small, take a look at the Dell Alienware AW3418DW. This monitor also supports G-SYNC, but it has a 100Hz refresh rate and a 21:9 aspect ratio that provides an incredibly immersive gaming experience. Build quality is excellent and viewing angles are good, but like most IPS monitors, contrast ratio is mediocre and black uniformity is rather poor. This monitor is also great choice for watching movies. As most modern movies are shot in the same aspect ratio, the picture fills up the entire screen, with no presence of black bars. Do note, though, that the extra screen real estate also means that there are more pixels, which will require a more powerful graphics card, especially if you want to achieve high frame rates.
If you want a higher refresh rate for a smoother gaming experience, go with the Dell S2417DG, but for the best immersion, the Dell AW3418DW/1900R is worth considering.
The Dell U3818DW is the best Dell office monitor that we've tested so far. The 38", high-resolution screen is great for multitasking, and it supports both picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture, so you can display two sources at once. It even has a pair of upstream USB ports that allow you to connect a single keyboard and mouse to two PCs, which is great if you frequently work on two devices.
This monitor has very good viewing angles, decent peak brightness, and great reflection handling, so it's a good choice even in a bright room. It also has outstanding gradient handling and an excellent SDR color gamut.
Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room. It's also not the best choice for gaming, as there's noticeable smearing in fast motion. Overall, though, it's a very good monitor for most uses.
If you want an even larger monitor, check out the Dell U4919DW. This massive 49" monitor is the equivalent of two 27", 1440p monitors side-by-side. This delivers an impressive amount of screen real-estate, great for multitasking. It also supports picture-by-picture, so you can work with multiple sources at once.
Overall, the Dell U3818DW is the best Dell office monitor that we've tested so far, but if you want something even larger, the Dell U4919DW is the best super ultrawide alternative that we've tested so far.
ASUS monitors typically have better motion handling and are more gaming-oriented than Dell monitors, offering more advanced gaming features. Dell has a wider range of monitors and has some available in larger sizes and higher resolutions that are better suited for multitasking.
Dell monitors generally have much better ergonomics than LG, and are generally a bit better suited for office use. Most LG monitors we've tested offer better motion handling and more advanced gaming features.
Buying a Dell monitor is generally a pretty safe bet. Like most brands, they vary greatly in performance, but even most cheaper Dell monitors perform well for most uses.
Dell's lineup ranges from very basic, cheaper models, to more advanced professional monitors. Their naming scheme is very easy to understand, so you know almost exactly what you're getting just by the model number.
Dell model numbers start with a letter, which indicates the series:
This is followed by a two-digit code that indicates the size, followed by two digits which indicate the model year. For example:
Most Dell model numbers end with one or more letters, which are used to identify certain features. This isn't a complete list, but here are some of the most common suffixes:
Dell monitors range from basic, small monitors that are great for students to the most advanced professional displays for photo editing, media creation, or general office use. They also have a few great gaming monitors, but this isn't their main focus. Dell monitors are well-built, and almost all of them have great ergonomics. Dell is very consistent in their design language, with most models sharing a very similar style, and even the UI is consistent across lineups. Usually, buying a Dell monitor is a pretty safe bet.