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As part of setting up a home office for my work for Solinea, I needed a large display.

My go-to display has been Apple’s Thunderbolt Display. It’s got Thunderbolt integration, (somewhat dated) Apple design esthetics, and the right pixel count. But other aspects of this three and one-half year old display aren’t so good. It’s $1K, heavier and bulkier than other (newer) displays, and the dated panels and electronics have some attributes (like response time, meh color saturation, visual reflections, and an immobile stand) that compare unfavorably to new monitors.

I looked around, and the tl;dr is that I selected a Dell U2751H 27″ monitor. Dell sells a boatload of monitors with different specs, and if you need superb color accuracy for graphics work, or a gaming display, or a 4K display, it’ll cost ya.  For run of the mill coding, this monitor is just what the doctor ordered!

A crisp display, swivel base, great ports (five USB 3.0, two HDMI, DisplayPorts, Mini DisplayPort, and no space wasted for VGA!). Its specs are great, with crisp 2560 x 1440 at 60Hz resolution. The price? $600 list. I bought it new for $555 from B & H Foto.

This is a better monitor than the Thunderbolt Display for 45% less cost.

Some fine print:

It took two weeks to arrive, vs. the four days it would have taken the Thunderbolt Display to arrive.

The packaging was OK, but not as slick as Apple’s packaging. Nobody does packaging like Apple.

The installation instructions weren’t as painless as those of the Thunderbolt Display. But they were OK.

It puts a DELL logo front and center. But this is easily fixed by a strip of black electrical tape. 🙂

Buy this display!