Dell UltraSharp U2713HM Computer Monitor Review
A flexible, highly usable monitor with no target buyer.
The Dell U2713 (MSRP $799) is currently being sold alongside the popular, older U2711—albeit with some changes to features and specs. Rather than an upgrade to the U2711, like we expected, the U2713 is something of a hybrid. Both are quite expensive for 27-inch displays: the U2711 carries an MSRP of $999, and the U2713 an MSRP of $799. Both, however, are available for $800 at the time of this review, so it’s clear that they are meant to fulfill separate roles within the monitor market.
Dell touts the accuracy and spectrum of the colors that the U2711 can display; it is allegedly capable of a color gamut that is ≥99% of the NTSC gamut, which means it displays in both sRGB and AdobeRGB formats. No such claim is made for the U2713: we can thus safely assume that color accuracy is not its greatest strength.
Based on Dell’s marketing for the U2713, it looks to be a high-end consumer monitor with flexibility—rather than color accuracy—as its selling point. We assume Dell means to offer the U2711 as an ideal high-end display for graphics-intensive professional work, and the U2713 as a high-end catch-all for everyone else. At least, for $800, that’s what it ought to be.
Overall, the U2713 gets the job done: it’s versatile in terms of design flexibility and port options, and its high-speed 3.0 hub and slick menu interface make for comfortable multi-tasking across a wide range of interests. While its performance specs didn’t blow us away, they didn’t bar any kind of general use either. This monitor is very open-ended, but we’re still not sure who it specifically benefits.
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