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This list of the best monitors is limited to the monitors which are available between $500 and $800. Dell and Asus are the brands that are chiefly behind some of the best monitors under $800, offering you a generous 27-inch display, making them a great option for designers and animators.

The large screen sizes of these high end monitors in the sub $800 bracket also cache some pretty pricey features like LED back-lit TFT LCD screens, which have excellent brightness, colour accuracy and response time.

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Dell UltraSharp U2713HM

Dell UltraSharp U2713HM


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Release Date
Sep 2012
Sep 2012
Oct 2012
Nov 2011
Feb 2010
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen (16:9)
Widescreen - 16:9
Widescreen - 16:9
Widescreen - 16:9
16:9
Brightness
350.0 cd/m^2
300.0 cd/m^2
270.0 cd/m^2
300.0 cd/m^2
350.0 cd/m^2
Contrast Ratio
1000:1
1000:1
1000:1
5000000:1
1000:1
Dot Pitch
0.23 mm
0.233 mm
0.27 mm
0.311 mm
0.23 mm
Max. Resolution
2560 x 1440
2560 x 1440
1920 x 1080
1920x1080
2560 x 1440
Response Time
8.0 ms
5.0 ms
8.0 ms
2.0 ms
6.0 ms
Screen Size
27.0 inch
27.0 inch
23.0 inch
27.0 inch
27.0 inch
Color Depth
16.7 million colors
16.7 million colors
16.7 million colors
16.7 million colors
Up to 1.07 billion colors
Monitor Type
LED Monitor
LED Monitor
LED Monitor
LED
Flat Panel LCD TFT (Active Matrix)
Viewable Picture Size
27.0 in.
27.0 in.
23.0 in.
27.0 in.
27.0 in.

  • The Dell UltraSharp U2713HM is an excellent monitor that will satisfy both the performance snob and the features diva alike.


  • The Dell UltraSharp U2713HM is a 27-inch IPS monitor that's packed with features.


  • If you're 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.


  • Well-priced and powerful, the Asus PB278Q is the best entry point for those seeking an extreme-definition monitor at a not-so-extreme price.


  • While not as stylish as the Samsung Series 9, the Asus PB278Q offers the same strong color and viewing angle performance for around $500 less, and it has a highly adjustable stand and an audio input, both of which are missing from the Series 9. The Series 9 has a USB hub, however, while the PB278Q doesn't. The IPS-based Dell UltraSharp 2713HM offers similar performance and a more robust feature set at a competitive price, which is why it remains our Editors' Choice for big-screen monitors.


  • Asus' PB278Q is quite nice indeed for the price, offering a no-frills premium panel for those who are looking to save pennies.


  • With the Dell S2340T you get a stylish 23-inch Windows 8 certified touch-screen monitor that delivers solid performance and offers some cool features. Its $700 price is over-the-top, though.


  • A 23in, Full HD touchscreen to bring out the best of Windows 8, but itâ??s seriously flawed.


  • One of the most flexible monitors on the market, the Dell S2340T gives us a glimpse of what to expect in 2013. It's easy to set up, and works beautifully well. However, it's eye-watering price means we won't be seeing it deployed by businesses before the year is out.


  • The Asus VG278H has great 3D performance and a fast refresh rate, but is just a bit too expensive for what it offers.


  • Factoring in the premium for the new LightBoost tech and LED backlighting, the £120 glasses thrown in, and the 27 inches of panel, the Asus VG278H certainly isn't a rip-off. For 3D lovers, this is a must-have, and for sceptics this could be a game-changer.


  • Overall, the NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 (in conjunction with the ASUS VG278H) isn't perfect, but it performs much better than its predecessor. The Full HD 3D movie and game playback are realistic. The large glasses and large screen size expand the field of view, making for a more immersive 3D experience. The flicker, though, is a sore point; we can't recommend watching 3D visuals for more than a few minutes.

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    - Movies on the Dell looked great thanks to the display's deep blacks and colors that look full and natural in the Movie preset.


  • The Dell UltraSharp U2711 display is a high end LCD monitor designed specifically for consumers interested in professional quality output. The UltraSharp U2711 unit is a 27" screen with a 2560 X 1440 resolution and a 1.75 inch deep IPS panel.


  • The Dell UltraSharp U2711 lives up to its name and displays an excellent array of colors. While it may have some trouble with the dark grays this monitor makes up for that in its numerous features and keeping a good track record, as far as Dell's go.