Dell UltraSharp U2713HM a non-glossy alternative to Apple's displays

On-screen performance is impressive

Dells $799 UltraSharp U2713HM is a 27-inch LCD that uses an in-plane switching (IPS) panel and LED backlights to provide a high-end, 2560-by-1440-resolution display that compares favorably with Apples offerings but costs considerably less. Unlike Apples Thunderbolt Display (), the U2713HM lacks Thunderbolt ports and a glossy screen, but some users prefer a nonglare display and have no interest in using Apples latest peripheral connector.

Simply unpacking the U2713HM gives the impression that Dell considers this display to be a high-end product, especially in comparison with the company's $400 S2740L (). Packaged with cardboard rather than styrofoam, the box contains all of the necessary cabling. Setup is straightforward: You attach the one-piece stand to the display, plug the power cord from the monitor into a power outlet, and hook the included dual-link DVI cable to your computer. (Mac users may need to purchase an adapter, depending on their Macs available connectors.) In addition to DVI, the display has DisplayPort, VGA, and HDMI connectors.

Interestingly, instead of the U2713HM polling the available ports when it started up, I had to manually select the DVI connection from Dells on-screen menus. Once I did that, the U2713HM fired right up and displayed in its native WQHD (2560-by-1440-pixel) resolution.

The monitor itself is rather nondescript, with its thin, matte-black plastic bezel and nonglare screen. Its silver and black stand offers impressive flexibility, permitting height adjustment, tilt, swivel, and pivot into portrait mode. Other niceties include a USB 3.0 hub with one upstream and four downstream ports, and a three-year warranty.

The U2713HMs on-screen performance is impressive. It sailed through our battery of test images, displaying accurate colors, smooth gradients, and excellent viewing angles. Text at small point sizes was very legible. Our solid-color test screens showed no dead or stuck pixels, and color was uniform across the display.

Bottom line

If youre looking for a reasonably priced, high-resolution 27-inch display, and if you prefer antiglare screens, the Dell U2713HM is a great choice. It excelled in our on-screen performance tests, and it offers a wide variety of connection options and a flexible design.

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