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Dell S2740L 27" Monitor with IPS LED Panel Details with ultrawide angle: When it's on, you're there.
Get a front-row seat with the sophisticated S2740L 27" monitor, featuring ultra-wide viewing, edge-to-edge glass and our Image Enhance feature.Sophisticated styling: Experience a lifelike view with a virtually frameless 27" screen featuring edge-to-edge glass.Superb performance: Images come alive with color-boosting Image Enhance, ultra-wide viewing IPS Panel and Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 max.) in a 16:9 widescreen format.Versatile connections: Connect to a laptop or desktop with VGA and DVI-D (HDCP). Explore HD viewing options with HDMI. Connect to devices with two USB ports.
Be comfortable: Set your preferred viewing angle with extensive tilt adjustability. Tilt the S2740L panel up to 4° forward or 21° backward.Stay versatile: Connect to your laptop or desktop with VGA and DVI-D (HDCP). The HDMI port lets you explore high-velocity HD entertainment options. Connect to multiple devices with two USB ports.Organize your screen: Tile your applications with Easy Arrange software so you can see them all clearly at a single glance. Even select your preferred desktop design layout.
1080p or higher resolution
Do you know how hard that is to find? It seems like IPS displays lack VESA mounting. I have no idea why. I would have settled for the 24 inch version of this monitor, but again, it lacks VESA mount (which is weird). My next plan was then to order a Korean 2560 x 1440 IPS monitor off Ebay (Like Catleap) but after much deliberation I decided I didn’t want to play Russian roulette and risk a getting a bad display with no warranty or dead pixels and then have to spend more money to ship it back, or even worse, be out of a warranty (which is not unheard of for those displays).
So after comparing many other displays, I decided to go with this one as it was the only one that met all my requirements. The only reason I was hesitant to order it was because of the reflective screen (more on that in a minute) And I am happy I did. The colors are perfect after downloading an ICC profile for the monitor (which was calibrated with a Spyder Pro). The blacks are indeed blacks. Almost like looking down into an abyss. The whites are white. My screen has a more warm hue to it (yellows) but you can mess with the settings to change this, however, the whites are still very accurate.
The construction of the display is solid. The weight is distributed evenly throughout the panel and feels sturdy. The best way I can describe it is like holding an iPad. It feels like it’s one solid object instead of a cheap plastic shell housing components (like other monitors I have used). I love the Edge-to-edge glass and this thing seriously looks stylish and commands attention, as I have come to notice from friends who have asked about it.
It has a powered USB 2.0 hub which I have been using. Mainly to charge my iPhone 5/iPad mini. Works great. And will still transfer/sync stuff. The HDMI port DOES use HDCP (I confirmed this through the NVIDIA control panel/HDCP) , meaning, you can watch Blu-Ray movies from either your Blu-Ray player on your PC or if you are hooking up the monitor via HDMI to a Blu-Ray player or PS3.
Again, the colors, brightness, and contrast are amazing. This was a huge upgrade, as I was using a 26" Vizio TV, which of course, does not have a high end panel.
Now, let’s get to the cons:
Reflectivity. When you hear people say this thing is reflective, they are NOT kidding. This thing is like a mirror when it’s not on. If you are in a darker room, or if it will be in a corner or with its back to a window, then you will have no problems.
When I ordered it, I knew I was going to be a "worst case" user. My office has 6 large windows. Two of which are directly behind my computer chair. With nothing outside of them to block the view of the sky and sun. I had orange curtains that are more for decorative purposes rather than function. So they did not do much to block the sun.
With that said- when the monitor is on, and you are doing stuff, you will hardly notice the reflections unless you are stop to look for them. OR the content you are viewing is very dark. For example, I was trying to watch the "Blackwater Bay" episode of Game of Thrones. Dark, dark episode as a good chunk of it takes place at night. The glare from the reflections was distracting (this was during the brightest part of the day- and again, a giant window directly behind me). However, when I put up "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" which is a bright documentary, I did not notice or was distracted from the glare.
I have since rearranged my office so there is no sunlight coming from behind me. I repeated the same viewing of "Blackwater Bay" and there was a marked decrease in reflection, and it looked great, even during the brightest day.
So really, the big take away here is: Placement and content are big factors for glare. If you are in a bright spot but watching bright content- hardly any glare- but bright spot, dark content – noticeable, but not terrible, glare.
The other thing people have talked about is how things will "reflect off of themselves" within the display. To explain this, pretend you are looking at a desktop icon. If you start viewing the monitor from an angle, and keep going, at a point you will notice the icon is reflecting itself within the glass. The best way to describe what it looks like is if there was a dimmer color shadow of the icon behind it. A duplicate. Almost 3D-holographic.
I personally do not think it is an issue as looking at the monitor in a normal way (directly from the front) on or even at regular angle (such as maybe turned in your computer chair, or tilting your head) does not produce this hologram. But if you are deliberating moving at an angle and looking for it, you will see it.
This is more of a personal preference thing, but as soon as I mounted this thing next to my other two monitors- it ruined the others for me. I spent more time tweaking the other two monitors (which are cheap $150 Acer ones) trying to get them to match my Dell than adjusting the Dell. The difference in quality between them and this one is noticeable and bothersome. And lastly, to put my money where my mouth is, I am ordering another one of these Dell monitors today to replace my other two. I am pretty excited!
All in all, if you are still reading this, then you are really, really trying to find the best product for your money. The Dells2740L is a serious contender and one you should seriously consider.
Guys, I appreciate all the support. This has been the first review I’ve done that has become the top review for a product. I’ve enjoyed all the interactions with other owners of this wonderful product.
But technology moves on and even I will not buy this today if I were looking for a new monitor. There are many new higher resolution options and prices have dropped sufficiently for them to be more compelling than this. I will still continue to use and enjoy this monitor, but find myself also using tablets more often to enjoy my content. The nexus 7 2nd gen has become my go to device. I have been watching Breaking Bad on it, more than on this monitor. I guess it is more comfortable to lie down than sit! I have reviewed the nexus as well, although not as comprehensively as this but do have a look if you found this review useful. The world is progressing and so must we – and that’s a good thing!!
Just watched the Matrix Trilogy in 1080p on this monitor – amazing how it has been 14 years since the first Matrix movie and 10 years since the sequels! This time, the sound was via Klipsch x10 earphones, since my daughter destroyed one side of my Soundsticks!! Throughly enjoyable – the combination of a compelling story, razor sharp visuals and perfect sound reproduction.
I’ve been watching Band of Brothers on this monitor in 720p format – there is nothing like viewing a first class production like this, in blu ray quality on this beautiful screeen. And the Soundsticks really crush those bullet and airplane sounds! A great way to relax on a quiet New Year’s morning after a night of too much food and way too much wine!
A few weeks ago, I was looking for an external monitor for my Sony Vaio Sb18, which is a wonderful machine, but sporting a screen that was disappointing by Sony’s high standards. I’ve always loved the Apple 27 inch screen and was pleasantly surprised to find that Dell had a new model that looked similar, but at just 1/3 the price.
The biggest difference, of course, is the resolution. Many high end 27 inch monitors, like Apple, run at 2560×1440, while this monitor has a more pedestrian 1920×1080 resolution. Let me begin by saying I am a big fan of higher resolution screens. When the iPad 3 was launched early this year, I replaced my iPad 1 with it, primarily because of the higher resolution screen. And what a difference it made to reading e-books and pdfs on it! Likewise, all my mobile phones were chosen with a heavy emphasis on their screens. Nonetheless, I ended up buying a 1920×1080 resolution 27 inch monitor, even though there are plenty of choices in the higher res department: why? A couple of reasons:
If the higher res screens were 20-30% more expensive, I would have likely gone for that option. However, at 2-3x, it really doesn’t make any sense
2. It isn’t just the resolution
There can be big differences in the quality of two screens with the same resolution! The Dell s2740l ‘makes up’ for the lower res by having excellent colour rendering (the blacks are really black). The glass to glass surface adds additional depth to movies and pictures.
3. What do you watch most?
For me, it is movies and tv series. I like to watch them in high definition, either 720p or 1080p. Guys, it makes no difference whether your screen is 2560×1440 or 1920×1080 for that because the limitation is the quality of the video! You’ll have to wait for the day where 1440p videos become the standard for ‘super’ high definition, at which point, those high def screens will be a lot cheaper!
A review of this monitor will not be complete without mention of its reflectiveness. Yes, it is more reflective than most screens because of the glass to glass surface. This is a personal preference and a tradeoff. Because I’ve used Apple screens for a long time, I have gotten used to the reflectiveness to some degree. There is also an important tradeoff, which is the little coloured dots when the background is white on any matte display, which I personally dislike more than the reflectiveness of the glossy screen. But this is Your call.
I was seriously considering some of the Dell Ultrasharp models, given how positive the reviews were but 1) they were mostly matte surfaces and 2) they were very big and bulky, which is something I didn’t want. Also, I wanted a HDMI connection and was quite surprised to find that some of the older Ultrasharp displays did not have this option.
After using this screen for more than a month, I must say, I’m very pleased. I almost look forward to being in front of it after a long day’s work, just surfing the net or watching a video, enjoying the huge real estate and lovely design. If you are someone who uses your notebook often at home and squint at a small 13 inch screen, you should really consider this set up.
It is a shame to see Dell’s stock (and HPs as well) get pounded daily because of weakness in the PC business because they do make some of the best monitors. This monitor is excellent value for money while still getting a beautiful, very able screen.
Note: the screen does not come with speakers. I have paired mine with the amazing Soundsticks III (I have reviewed that separately), which collectively looks beautiful and look and sound perfect together.
DIMENSIONS: Important note about size – the Amazon description gives the size of the monitor in the box, not the actual measurements.
- Actual screen dimensions without the frame is 23 1/2″ wide X 13 1/4″ high.
- Screen dimensions including the 7/8″ frame is 25 1/4″ wide X 15″ high.
- Height including the base stand is between 18″ and 18 1/2″ depending on how much it is tilted.
(These are physical measurements, not to be confused with stated “screen size” which is measured diagonally, which of course is 27″ in this case)
RESOLUTION: AMAZING! I have it set at the maximum 1920 X 1080 and I LOVE IT! I can fit so much on the screen its amazing. Photos and graphics are vivid and clear, text is crisp and easy to read with Outlook emails, and everything just “pops” with vivid clarity. One important note is that 1920 X 1080 is a widescreen format, and gamers might want a 1920 X 1200 format. But otherwise there is NOTHING lacking in the visible resolution.
WARRANTY: 3 Years. This is somewhat confusing, as I have seen this same monitor listed on different sites with both a 1 year warranty and a 3 year warranty. Even the Dell website shows this monitor as having only a 1 Year warranty. So I called Dell customer support, provided the serial number of the S2740L purchased from Amazon, and they confirmed that it DID have a 3 year warranty when purchased separately, and I got that in writing. If you were to purchase this same monitor as part of a Dell computer system, however, it would ONLY HAVE A 1 YEAR WARRANTY. This doesn’t seem logical, but that’s what they said. So if you plan to buy this monitor, buy it separately and not as part of a system.
- Edge to edge glass looks VERY sexy and sleek.
- Minimal frame, only 7/8″ wide border means maximum screen size for the space it takes up.
- Amazing color and clarity; deep blacks, bright whites, no dullness at all.
- Super thin! I had that same surprise like when I first took my Kindle out of the box – WOW it is is thin!
- External power supply! I was specifically looking for a monitor with an external power supply. First, the power supply is the most likely thing to go bad in a monitor. A bad external power supply is so much easier to replace. Second, the external power supply can be kept further away from the user, keeping more harmful EMF radiation further away.
- Excellent low-profile base, looks sharp and very balanced. Not likely to fall over.
- Comparable almost to the Dell UltraSharp – If you are a professional graphics person and you have the extra dollars, the Dell UltraSharp has reportedly better true color and better rendering, but you truly would have to be a professional to notice or appreciate the difference. Unless you do graphics for a living, this is definitely good enough.
- 3 Year Warranty! (When purchased separately – See above)
- A minor thing, but the glass is so shiny that it could reflect distracting light. Consider where you are using this, you may need to change the angle or change the locations of your lamps. This is a very small trade-off for the quality, but worth considering.
- Height of monitor not adjustable, but another very small thing, and a worthwhile trade-off for the stability of the base.
BOTTOM LINE: You would have to spend hundreds of dollars more to get only a slightly better monitor. Buy this, you won’t be disappointed.
The only slight issue I have with it is that it has a glossy screen. On the up side it can makes things look a bit more striking and picturesque than a matte screen, but it reflects the lighting in the room a bit more than I was used to from other monitors. Fortunately that has not been enough of an issue to make me return the product because it’s not so reflective as to be overly distracting.
If what you want is a monitor that has a larger presentation at 1920×1080 stretched across 27 inches, over 1920×1200 on a 24" screen, then this works beautifully for that application.
I’m running Windows 7 x64 and previously connected my old monitor to PC via VGA. I plugged in the power and HDMI cable to this new monitor and everything worked right away (defaulted to highest resolution available) without having to install any drivers first.
Will follow up with an update in a few days/weeks.