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The Best Dell Monitors of 2019
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Dell Monitors

We've reviewed 19 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.

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Compared to other brands


  • Great Ergonomics. Most Dell monitors have easily adjustable stands, allowing you to place the monitor in the ideal viewing position. Many of them are designed with multi-monitor setups in mind.
  • Good Quality. With very few exceptions, most Dell monitors have good build quality, and are well-designed.
  • Good Color Accuracy. Dell monitors typically have good pre-calibration results, and accurate colors.
  • Mediocre Contrast. Almost all Dell monitors use IPS panels, which typically have mediocre contrast. There are a few exceptions to this though, including the S3219D, and the S3220DGF.
  • Basic Gaming Performance. Most Dell monitors have very basic gaming performance. Dell's Alienware lineup is more gamer-oriented though.

Dell vs ASUS

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 vs LG

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.

Best Dell Monitors


  1. Best Dell Monitor

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Office
    7.9
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    7.9
    Media Creation
    6.9
    HDR Gaming
    Size : 27"
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    :
    No

    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.

    See our review

  2. Best Dell Gaming Monitor

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    7.4
    Office
    8.5
    Gaming
    7.2
    Multimedia
    7.4
    Media Creation
    5.6
    HDR Gaming
    Size : 24"
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    :
    G-Sync

    The Dell S2417DG is the best Dell gaming monitor that we've tested so far. Although it's a bit on the small side, at 24", it delivers an excellent gaming experience, with a fast refresh rate, outstanding motion handling, and support for NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology.

    This monitor has outstanding motion handling, including an outstanding response time, so there's very little blur behind fast-moving objects, which is great for gaming. The backlight is completely flicker-free by default, but it does support NVIDIA's Ultra-Low Motion Blur feature, which adds flicker to help improve the overall clarity of motion.

    TN monitors typically don't have the best picture quality, and the S2417DG is no exception. It has the lowest contrast ratio of any monitor we've tested, and the viewing angles are disappointing, so it's best enjoyed from directly in front.

    See our review

  3. Ultrawide Alternative

    Size : 34"
    Resolution : 3440x1440
    Refresh Rate : 100 Hz
    LCD Type
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    :
    G-Sync

    If you want a larger gaming monitor, check out the Dell Alienware AW3418DW. This 34" ultrawide monitor delivers a great gaming experience, with excellent motion handling, including an excellent response time, fast refresh rate, and support for NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. 

    Overall, the Dell S2417DG is the best gaming monitor for most people, but if you prefer a more immersive gaming experience, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best ultrawide alternative.

    See our review

  4. Best Dell Office monitor

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
    7.7
    Mixed Usage
    8.1
    Office
    7.8
    Gaming
    7.5
    Multimedia
    7.6
    Media Creation
    5.6
    HDR Gaming
    Size : 38"
    Resolution : 3840x1600
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    :
    No

    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, great if you frequently work on two devices.

    The U3818DW 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, the Dell U3818DW doesn't look as good in a dark room. It's also not the best choice for gaming, as there is noticeable smearing in fast motion. Overall though, it's a very good monitor for most uses.

    See our review

  5. Bigger Alternative

    Size : 49"
    Resolution : 5120x1440
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    :
    No

    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.

    See our review

Lineup

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:

  • E: Essential. This is Dell's budget category. We haven't tested any of them.
  • P:‚Äč Professional. 
  • S: These monitors are typically designed for home office or small business.
  • U: UltraSharp monitors.
  • UP: UltraSharp, with PremierColor.
  • AW: Stands for Alienware, which is used to differentiate Dell's gaming monitor

This is followed by a two-digit code that indicates the size, followed by two digits which indicate the model year. For example:

  • 2719: 27", 2019 model
  • 3218: 32", 2018 model

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:

  • H: 16:9 aspect ratio
  • W: Ultrawide aspect ratio
  • D: 1440p resolution
  • Q: 4k resolution
  • F: AMD FreeSync support
  • G: NVIDIA G-SYNC support

Conclusion

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.

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