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The best Dell monitors in October 2021

Best Dell monitors: Dell monitor best buys
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The best Dell monitors offer some of the best displays going, and the top Dell monitor deals can often turn up a great price. Dell offers a very wide range of models suitable for all kinds of uses, so it's important to get the one that's right for you. Whether you want a monitor with incredible colour accuracy for creative work, an immersive experience for gaming or a sharp 4K display to view films, you'll find an option in our list of Dell monitor deals.

If you'd prefer a laptop, try our list of the best Dell laptops. It's also well worth checking out Dell's XPS range – get a good deal with our best Dell XPS deals guide. We also have guides to the best 4K monitors overall, the best monitor arms and the best portable monitors. Meanwhile, read on for our guide to Dell monitors best buys 

Our Dell monitor best buys

The best Dell monitors

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01. Dell P2720D

The best Dell monitor overall

Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: QHD, 2560 x 1440 | Display Type: LED-backlit LCD monitor

Excellent overall
USB-3 port
Good colour accuracy for office work 

The Dell P2720D monitor is the perfect all-rounder in function and design, and our top pick of the best Dell monitors. It offers a near-perfect combination of looks, resolution, features, size for a cracking price, making it number one in our Dell monitors best buys.

Its 27-inch screen is the standard size for office monitors these days, and it's a perfectly good size for watching your favourite media on – especially with its 1440p (QHD) (positioning itself between 4K and the lower 1080p). The monitor is easy to adjust up and down, swivelling left and right on its base, turning the screen clockwise and anticlockwise. Its design also has thin bezels, giving it a sleek look.

Along with HDMI 1.4, its USB-C connection means you can easily connect with your laptop, and charge it at the same time. Its slightly higher-end sibling, the P2720DC (note that added 'C' at the end there), offers more features, such as being able to daisy-chain to another P2720DC monitor, which automatically configures display settings. It also comes with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, for either accessing or charging other devices. 

If you're a specialist, and you're looking for the perfect gaming Dell monitor or a monitor that's aimed for watching 4K films on, or perhaps something that will reflect your design work as accurately as possible, keep on reading. For everyone else who's looking for a fantastic all-rounder, the Dell P2720D, or its bigger brother the P2720DC, is an ideal option. 

The best Dell monitors

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02. Dell SE2416HX

The best cheap Dell monitor

Screen size: 24-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: Full HD (1080p) 1920 x 1080 | Display Type: LED-backlit LCD monitor

Great price
Looks great
IPS panel

If you want a good monitor, and you want a great bargain too, the Dell SE2416HX monitor is one of the best cheap Dell monitors out there. This is an in-plane switching (IPS) monitor, so it's got wide viewing angles and good colour accuracy. The brightness of the monitor is not going to compare to the other Dell monitors on this page, but for under $200/£200, that's a fair trade-off. 

In these working-from-home times – especially when your spare room is your new office – getting an inexpensive yet solid quality monitor is essential, and the Dell SE2416HX does the job. Again, if you want a monitor to play high-speed, HD films and games on, this is not your best option (see below for them). But if you need a reliable monitor for work, and a handy second monitor to consume media when your main screen is occupied, the Dell SE2416HX is an absolute bargain. 

Best Dell monitors: Dell UltraSharp U4021QWCB endorsed

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03. Dell U4021QW

The best Dell monitor for a home office

Screen size: 40-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: WUHD 5120 x 2160 (DisplayPort: 60 Hz, HDMI: 30 Hz) | Display type: LED-backlit LCD monitor

Huge screen
Incredible connectivity
IPS panel
Screen surround doesn't feel premium
Expensive

If you're setting up a permanent home office, you might want to spend a bit more on your monitor to really get it right. The Dell U4021QW is one of Dell's more expensive offerings, but if multi-tasking on a giant screen is an important part of your job, it is well worth it. 

Designed for content creators and those working with data, the gorgeous, curved 40-inch display (the first of its kind) is perfect for side-by-side tasks. It has a resolution that'll knock your socks off at 5,120 x  2,160 pixels (though the brightness doesn't quite match up at only 300 nits). 

If connectivity is your jam, the number of ports here should sway you. Included on the ample list of ports (situated on the back) are a DisplayPort 1.4 connection, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 connector, plus four types of USB ports, an audio jack and an RJ45 port. Talk about productivity.

Dell U2720Q

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04. Dell U2720Q

The best 4K Dell monitor

Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: UHD (4K) 3840 x 2160p | Display Type: IPS, W-LED-backlit

Native 4K resolution
Amazing colour gamut coverage
Sleek design
IPS panel

The Dell U2720Q is a stunning 4K monitor, and one of the best Dell monitors at the higher end of the spectrum. If you're looking for a primary monitor for media, with a super-sharp, 4K pop to it, the U2720Q takes some beating. 

In fact, with its massive 1,300:1 contrast ratio and its 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, this 27-inch model is somewhere in between the high end 27-inch 4K monitors, and the next level, fully fledged pro models. Basically, if you do work where colour is important, this is a great choice. And if it's doubling up as a monitor for watching HD films, it's also a great choice. Less so for gaming, as it doesn't quite have the refresh rates that make a great gaming monitor (more on that below), though it's still perfectly fine for the majority of gamers. 

Connectivity includes two USB-C ports – so you can connect and charge your laptop to it – plus a display port connector, an HDMI port and three USB-A ports. And as with most Dell monitors, the ergonomics are great. If you want to make an investment and need the high specs, this is Dell's best 4K, colour-accurate monitor. 

best Dell monitors: Dell S3221QS

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05. Dell S3221QS

The best cheap Dell monitor for a curved 4K display

Screen size: 31.5-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Display Type: W-LED, back-lit

Elegant design
Great looking screen
Unique multitasking features like PiP
Affordable
No USB-C
Slow response rate
Not true HDR

The Dell S3221QS offers a gorgeous curved 4K display at a very reasonable price. It boasts a unique, simple but elegant design that sets it apart from both gamer-centric screens as well as your run-of-the-mill black office monitor. 

The stunning 4K VA panel makes everything look superb, from movies to video games, and it has a host of welcome features such as decent speakers and an interesting picture-in-picture functionality that allows you to display two different computers in the same display. It's a neat trick and makes up for the lack of USB-C connectivity. This is one of best Dell monitor deals if you're looking for quality and style at a good price.

best Dell monitors: Dell Alienware AW2521H

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06. Dell Alienware AW2521H

Our Dell monitor best buy for gaming

Screen size: 24-inch to 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16.09 | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Display Type: IPS panel

Fastest refresh rate going (360 Hz)
Nvidia Reflex performance analyzer
Excellent HDR
Low input lag
Average SDR contrast
No FreeSync
Expensive

If you believe the best gaming monitor is about speed, the Dell Alienware AW2521H  is the monitor for you. It offers what is currently the fastest refresh rate available on any screen at 360 Hz, and the lowest available input lag for an astoundingly smooth response. This monitor also boasts a NVIDIA 'Reflex' feature, which measures input lag and helps to reduce it.

Like most Alienware monitors, the build quality is excellent and the stand offers a range of ergonomic adjustments. It also has good reflection handling and great peak brightness. It covers the whole sRGB colour space and has outstanding colour accuracy out of the box. However, despite a better contrast ratio than many IPS panels, blacks still look a little greyish, so it isn't ideal for gaming in the dark. All in all, though, this is a superb gaming monitor from Dell.

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Beren Neale

Beren Neale is the deals editor at Creative Bloq. After editing several creative and design magazines - including the graphic design mag Computer Arts - he found his home on the biggest global art and design website, helping digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need.