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The 5 Best Dell Monitors of 2023 Reviews

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Best Dell Monitors

We've bought and tested over 40 Dell monitors. Dell releases a handful of monitors each year, and like many manufacturers, some of their most popular models tend to stay on the market for two to three 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, which is great if you want a multi-monitor setup on a mounting bracket.

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Best Dell Monitors


  1. Best Dell Monitor

    The best Dell monitor we've tested is the Dell U2723QE. It's part of their high-end UltraSharp lineup packed with a ton of office features, making it the best Dell monitor for work. It has a massive USB hub with five USB-A ports and three USB-C ports. One of the USB-C ports supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 90 W of power delivery, so you can connect your laptop to charge it and display an image from it at the same time. It also has a KVM switch that allows you to control two devices with the same keyboard and mouse, which is ideal for multitasking.

    It has a 27-inch screen with a 4k resolution that delivers exceptional text clarity and crisp images. It's also the best Dell monitor for photo editing because it has excellent accuracy before calibration, which is ideal if your work requires accurate colors, and it displays a wide range of colors. Lastly, visibility isn't a problem in bright rooms as it gets bright, and it also has a decent contrast if you want to use it in dark rooms. If you find the 27-inch screen too small, there's a larger variant known as the Dell U3223QE, but it isn't worth getting because it looks worse in HDR and costs more.

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  2. Best Alienware Monitor

    While most people often associate Dell monitors with office use, they also have a brand of gaming monitors known as Alienware. These monitors focus solely on gaming with higher refresh rates and fewer office features than their regular Dell lineup. If you're looking for the best Dell gaming monitor, the Dell Alienware AW3423DW is an excellent option with stunning picture quality. Like most Dell monitors, it's hard to find with retailers, but you can easily get it through Dell's website. It's different from the Dell U2723QE because it has an ultrawide display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440x1440 resolution. The wider screen lets you see more of your game at once, which is great for atmospheric or FPS games.

    It features new QD-OLED technology that allows it to display perfect blacks in dark rooms while making colors look vivid and highlights pop for a satisfying HDR experience. However, this monitor isn't perfect as the black levels raise in bright rooms, and there are some issues with color fringing, so if that bothers you or you don't like the ultrawide format, there are other Alienware monitors you can get. The Dell Alienware AW2523HF is great for esports gamers thanks to its 360Hz refresh rate, while the Dell Alienware AW2721D has native G-SYNC support like the AW3423DW but with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio.

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  3. Best Mid-Range Dell Monitor

    If you aren't a gamer and don't want the ultrawide format of the Dell Alienware AW3423DW and prefer a 4k display like the Dell U2723QE but for less, check out a mid-range option like the Dell S2722QC. Like the Dell U2723QE, it has a 27-inch screen with a 4k resolution that results in fantastic text clarity, and while you don't get the same large USB hub, it still has one USB-C port if you want to easily connect your laptop, and it delivers 65 W of power delivery. If you don't even need the USB-C port, the Dell S2721QS is a cheaper alternative with the same screen size and resolution, making it great for the office.

    The S2722QC is ideal for sharing your screen with someone next to you because it has wide viewing angles that make the image look consistent from the sides, and its excellent ergonomics make it easy to adjust. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a dedicated sRGB mode like the U2723QE, which means that its color accuracy isn't as good, but that's the trade-off you need to make with a mid-range monitor, and it's only a concern for photo and video editing.

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  4. Best Budget Dell Monitor

    Dell offers budget-friendly monitors targeted for productivity and office work, and if that's something you're looking for, the Dell S2721D is a good choice. It's a basic monitor that doesn't have the high-end features of the Dell S2722QC, but it's good enough for work. At 27 inches in size, there's enough space to open two windows next to each other, and the 1440p resolution provides decent text clarity, but it isn't as good as a 4k monitor. It's also good if you want to use it in a bright office, as it gets bright enough to fight glare and has impressive reflection handling.

    If you want to get two of these displays to place next to each other, it has thin bezels, but it's best to buy a dual mounting arm as the ergonomics are limited. Still, it has wide viewing angles that ensure the image remains consistent no matter where you're viewing from. The color accuracy is mediocre, but this isn't something to be concerned about unless you're a professional photo editor, in which case, you'll likely go for a higher-end model. Note that this monitor is difficult to find at retailers, and it's best to buy through Dell's website.

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  5. Best Cheap Dell Monitor

    If you want something cheap for the office or if you need to buy multiple monitors to supply your entire company, you can easily find a decent cheap monitor from Dell, like the Dell S2421H. While you won't get the same features and performance as the higher-end models, it does its job as a simple office monitor, especially if you need it as a secondary display. It has a small 24-inch screen, which is good if you're limited in space, and while its 1080p resolution may not seem appealing, the pixel density and text clarity are decent, so it isn't much different from the Dell S2721D.

    You won't have issues using this in a room with a few lights around because it has good reflection handling and okay peak brightness, but don't place it opposite a window with direct sunlight. It has limited ergonomics, so you'll need a mounting arm if you want to easily adjust it, but if that isn't a problem for you, it's a well-built display. Like most budget-friendly monitors, it doesn't have a dedicated sRGB picture mode, so its accuracy isn't the best, but it's decent enough that it won't bother you during office use.

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Compared to other brands


  • Great ergonomics. Many Dell monitors have easily adjustable stands, allowing you to place the screen in the ideal viewing position. They're designed with multi-monitor setups in mind.
  • Good office features. Their office monitors tend to have good office features, including USB hubs and Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes for multitasking.
  • Great color accuracy. Dell monitors typically have good pre-calibration results and accurate colors.
  • Limited availability at retailers. Dell monitors aren't sold as much at retailers as other brands, so if you want to buy one, it's best to get it directly through their website.
  • Limited gaming options. While their Alienware lineup offers great gaming features and some have great performance, you can find better value with gaming monitors from other brands.

Dell vs ASUS

ASUS monitors typically have better motion handling and are more gaming-oriented than Dell monitors, offering more advanced features. Dell has a wider range of models for office use 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 better suited for office use. However, most LG monitors offer better motion handling and more advanced gaming features.

Buying a Dell monitor is generally a pretty safe bet, especially for office use. Like most brands, performance varies greatly, but even cheaper models perform well for most uses. While they offer great gaming performance with their Alienware lineup, some models don't have as good motion handling as monitors from competing brands.

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:

  • P:​ Professional
  • S: These monitors are typically for home offices or small businesses
  • U: UltraSharp monitors
  • UP: UltraSharp, with PremierColor
  • AW: Stands for Alienware, which differentiates Dell's gaming monitors

Most Dell model numbers end with one or more letters, used to identify certain features. This isn't a complete list, but here are some of the most common suffixes:

  • E: Ethernet port
  • W: Ultrawide aspect ratio
  • H: 1080p resolution
  • D: 1440p resolution
  • Q: 4k resolution
  • F: AMD FreeSync support
  • G: NVIDIA G-SYNC support

Between the lettered prefixes and suffixes, there are four numbers: the first two represent the size, and the latter two represent the model year. The model year sometimes indicates the year after it was released, and not necessarily the year it came out. For example:

  • U2723QE: UltraSharp 27-inch model with a 4k resolution and an Ethernet port. 2023 model, but released in 2022.
  • AW3821DW: Alienware 38-inch display with a 1440p ultrawide resolution. Released in 2020 as a 2021 model.
  • S2421H: Entry-level S Series model with a 24-inch screen and 1080p resolution.

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 15, 2022: Moved the Dell Alienware AW3423DW to higher up in the recommendation to highlight differences with the Alienware lineup; updated text for clarity, including making sure info is updated in the 'Compared To Other Brands' section.

  2. Aug 17, 2022: Restructured article to reflect Dell's focus on office monitors; added the Dell U2723QE, Dell S2721D, and the Dell S2421H in their respective categories, and renamed the Dell S2722QC as the 'Best Mid-Range'; added the Dell Alienware AW3423DW as the 'Best Alienware Monitor' and removed the Dell AW2521H, Dell S2721DGF, and the Dell S3422DWG.

  3. Apr 13, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.

  4. Jan 13, 2022: Replaced the Dell S2721QS with the Dell S2722QC because it's newer and has a USB-C input; added the Dell S2721DGF as the 'Best 1440p Gaming Monitor' and renamed the Dell AW2521H as the 'Best 1080p Gaming Monitor'.

  5. Oct 07, 2021: Removed the Dell U3818DW, as it's no longer available. Added the Dell S3422DWG as the 'Best Dell Ultrawide Monitor'.

Conclusion

Dell monitors range from basic, small monitors 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 in their Alienware lineup, 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. Usually, buying a Dell monitor is a pretty safe bet, especially for office use.

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