The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is the replacement to the Dell U2518D and it's a good overall monitor. It's very good for office use because it has wide viewing angles, impressive ergonomics, great out-of-the-box color accuracy, and its 1440p resolution makes text clear to read. It also has a USB hub with a ton of connectivity options, including a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt mode, allowing you to display an image from a device and charge it at the same time. If you're a photo editor, you should be happy to know it has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space and it has impressive gradient handling. Unfortunately, with its IPS panel, it can't display deep blacks since its contrast ratio is low and it has mediocre black uniformity. Luckily, it has excellent gray uniformity, so solid colors across the screen, such as on a web page, look uniform without many dark areas.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is a good monitor for most uses. It's best-suited for office use as it has wide viewing angles, impressive ergonomics, and a high 1440p resolution. It's also great for media creation because it has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. Even though this monitor isn't designed for gaming it still provides a satisfying gaming experience with its extremely low input lag and impressive response time. It also supports HDR10 but the HDR experience is limiting as it doesn't get bright enough to truly bring out highlights.
Very good for office use. The Dell UltraSharp U2520D has a high 1440p resolution and its 25-inch screen is big enough for multitasking. It has wide viewing angles, so you can share your screen with others and not lose image accuracy. Sadly, its reflection handling is just okay and it doesn't handle direct sunlight well. On the upside, it has impressive ergonomics, so you can place the monitor however you like.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is good for gaming. It's not designed to be a gaming monitor and it lacks features like variable refresh rate and black frame insertion. However, it still has an extremely low input lag and an impressive response time for a 60Hz monitor, resulting in minimal motion blur. It's an ideal monitor for casual console gamers.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is good for consuming media. It has a high resolution and wide viewing angles, so you can watch the latest videos online with a few friends. Unfortunately, it doesn't handle reflections well and it's not ideal for dark room viewing as it has a low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity. However, its stand has impressive ergonomics, allowing you to place the monitor how you like.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is good for content creators. Its 25-inch screen provides a high pixel density and the stand has impressive ergonomics. The monitor has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing and it also has impressive gradient handling. It's not ideal for working in bright environments as it doesn't handle reflections well. However, it has wide viewing angles if you need to share your screen with others.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is okay for HDR gaming. Its HDR experience is a bit limiting as it doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights and it has just decent coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content. It's good for gaming as it has an impressive response time and extremely low input lag but it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and it doesn't support any VRR.
We tested the Dell UltraSharp U2520D, which is the only size available for this model. There are other models in Dell's UltraSharp lineup, some of which are listed below.
|Model||Size||Panel Type||Resolution||USB-C inputs||USB 3.0 inputs||Notes|
|U2520D||25"||IPS||1440p||1x DisplayPort Alt mode, 1x downstream charging||3|
|U2419HC||24"||IPS||1080p||1x DisplayPort Alt mode||4|
|U2421HE||24"||IPS||1080p||1x DisplayPort Alt Mode||4||RJ45 ethernet input|
|U2719DC||27"||IPS||1440p||1x DisplayPort Alt mode||4|
|U2720Q||27"||IPS||4k||1x DisplayPort Alt mode, 1x downstream charging||3|
|U2721DE||27"||IPS||1440p||1x DisplayPort Alt mode||4||RJ45 ethernet input|
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Dell UltraSharp U2520D doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.
Our unit was manufactured in May 2020; you can see the label here.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D performs well for a 1440p monitor. Although you won't get the same gaming performance as 1440p monitors with a higher refresh rate, you don't necessarily need that for office use, so this is a very good office monitor compared to its competitors. See our recommendations for the best office monitors, the best 24-25 inch monitors, and the best 1440p monitors.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is better than the Dell UltraSharp U2721DE. The U2520D supports HDR, it displays a wider SDR color gamut, has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy, and it has a quicker response time. The U2721DE handles reflections better and it has a wider vertical viewing angle.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is a bit better than its predecessor, the Dell U2518D. The U2520D has a better SDR color gamut, quicker response time, and much lower input lag. However, the U2518D has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy and it handles reflections a bit better too.
The Dell UltraSharp U2720Q is a bit better than the Dell UltraSharp U2520D, mainly because it's a bigger monitor and it has a 4k resolution. The U2720Q also has slightly better ergonomics as it has a wider tilt range. The U2520D is better for gaming since it has a much quicker response time and a lower input lag.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is better overall than the Dell U2719D. The U2520D has a wider swivel range, it has much better black uniformity, it displays a wider color gamut in SDR, and it supports HDR10. This monitor is also a bit better for gaming because it has a quicker response time and lower input lag. Meanwhile, the U2719D has better out-of-the-box color accuracy and it handles reflections better.
The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is a bit better overall than the Dell UltraSharp U2520D. The ViewSonic is a much better choice for gaming as it has a 165Hz refresh rate and G-SYNC support. It also has a much quicker response time and lower input lag. The Dell is a slightly better choice for office use as it has better ergonomics, significantly better out-of-the-box color accuracy, and it has a higher pixel density since it's a smaller screen.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is much better than the Lenovo Q27q-10, despite the smaller size. The Dell has much better ergonomics, it supports HDR (although this doesn't add much), and it has a much faster response time, despite having a lower native refresh rate and no variable refresh rate support. On the other hand, the Lenovo has better reflection handling, so it might be a better choice for a brighter environment.
The Lepow Z1 Gamut and the Dell UltraSharp U2520D are very different monitors. The Lepow is a compact 1080p portable monitor designed for on-the-go use, while the Dell is a more traditional 1440p desktop monitor. The Dell performs better for most uses, but if you need a monitor that you can carry with you in a backpack, the Lepow is an okay choice, as long as you don't mind its low screen brightness.
The UltaSharp U2520D has a simple office-oriented design that's in line with other Dell UltraSharp monitors. Its body is black and grey and it has a square-based stand.
This monitor has the same stand as other Dell monitors. It's smaller than the Dell U2518D and doesn't take up a lot of space. It supports the monitor well but there's still some wobble.
Impressive ergonomics. The UltraSharp U2520D has a very wide swivel range and you can rotate it into portrait mode either clockwise or counterclockwise.
The back of this monitor is very simple. It can be VESA-mounted and it has a quick-release button to take it off from the stand too. The stand has a hole used for cable management.
The UltraSharp U2520D has a good build quality. It's made out of plastic that doesn't give any sort of premium feel to it but there aren't any obvious build quality issues.
Mediocre contrast ratio, which is expected from an IPS panel. Blacks appear gray when viewed in the dark.
This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The above video is for reference only.
The UltraSharp U2520D has very good peak brightness. It gets bright enough to combat glare and the screen's brightness remains consistent with different content. The UltraSharp U2520D doesn't get as bright as the Dell U2518D, but it's brighter than the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q, and much brighter than the ASUS VG246H.
The peak brightness in HDR is just okay. It gets bright enough to bring out some highlights but it still doesn't give you a true HDR experience.
Like most IPS panels, the UltraSharp U2520D has a great horizontal viewing angle. The image remains accurate from the side, which is ideal for sharing your screen with others.
The vertical viewing angle is alright but it's nothing special for an IPS panel. You lose some image accuracy if you mount the monitor too much above eye level.
The UltraSharp U2520D has excellent gray uniformity. There's minimal dirty screen effect, and solid colors across the screen such as on a web page or document are uniform. The screen is extremely uniform in near-dark scenes.
Mediocre black uniformity. There's visible clouding throughout and a lot of backlight bleed in the corners. This gets distracting when watching dark scenes in dark rooms.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D has great out-of-the-box color accuracy. Most colors only have slight inaccuracies to them and the color temperature is slightly warmer than the 6500K target, giving the image a red/yellow tint. Unfortunately, gamma doesn't follow the curve well so most scenes are darker than they should be.
The color accuracy is near-perfect after calibration. The color temperature is much closer to the target and the gamma follows the curve well, but some bright scenes are still over-brightened.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.
The UltraSharp U2520D has an outstanding SDR color gamut. It has near-perfect coverage of the sRGB color space and it has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. This is an improvement from the Dell U2518D.
The UltraSharp U2520D has remarkable color volume. It displays most colors at different brightness levels but due to its low contrast ratio, it can't display dark colors well.
Decent HDR color gamut. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content but it's a bit limited. It has decent coverage of both the commonly-used DCI P3 color space and the wider Rec. 2020 color space.
The HDR color volume on the UltraSharp U2520D is just okay. It's limited by its color gamut and low contrast ratio, as it can't display deep, saturated colors well.
The UltraSharp U2520D shows no sign of image retention after displaying a high contrast static image for 10 minutes.
Update 09/23/2020: We incorrectly listed it as 10-bit, when it's in fact an 8-bit monitor. The review has been updated.
Impressive gradient handling. There's noticeable banding in dark grays and greens, and some more in blues and reds.
The UltraSharp U2520D displays no signs of color bleed, which is ideal for photo editing.
Okay reflection handling on the UltraSharp U2520D. It handles a moderate amount of light well but struggles in bright rooms. This is good for most office environments, but you shouldn't place it in direct sunlight.
Good text clarity, similar to most 1440p monitors. You can make text more clear by enabling ClearType (top photo).
|Overdrive Setting||Response Time Chart||Response Time Tables||Motion Blur Photo|
The UltraSharp U2520D has an impressive response time, especially for a 60Hz monitor, which is ideal for console gaming. The recommended Overdrive setting is 'Normal' since there's a lot less overshoot than the 'Fast' setting.
The UltraSharp U2520D has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain.
The UltraSharp U2520D doesn't have a black frame insertion feature.
Update 01/18/2022: We tried to see if we could overclock the refresh rate to 75Hz. We can create a custom resolution and set the refresh rate to 75Hz, but it skips frames, so we don't consider that the max refresh rate.
The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. It doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology either. If you're looking for a smaller gaming monitor with a high refresh rate and VRR support, check out the Dell Alienware AW2521HF or the ASUS VG246H.
The UltraSharp U2520D has an extremely low input lag for a 60Hz monitor, similar to the Dell UltraSharp U2721DE.
Note: the monitor only supports 10-bit HDR over DisplayPort and not HDMI. However, we can't test HDR input lag over DisplayPort.
This monitor's 1440p resolution and 25-inch screen is good enough for multitasking and it fits in most home office setups.
New on the UltraSharp U2520D compared to the Dell U2518D is the USB-C inputs. One USB-C input is a downstream charging port while the other supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which allows you to display an image from a device and charge it at the same time. There's also a USB port with B.C. 1.2 charging adaptability, which allows you to charge devices with a higher current. Also, you can daisy chain your screen to a second monitor with the DisplayPort output.
The main features on the UltraSharp U2520D are with its connectivity options. You can daisy-chain a second screen or charge your devices with the USB hub. It also supports HDR10, but other than that, it has limited features.
There are four buttons and the power button underneath the monitor to control the on-screen display.