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Best monitor I've ever owned.,
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This review is from: Dell Ultrasharp U2713HM AH IPS 27 inch Widescreen Monitor with LED (Accessory)
I bought this monitor for one purpose; high resolution gaming! Coupled with my upgrade from a GTX 660ti to a GTX 780, this has added far more quality to my gaming experience than I could have ever imagined. My first impression was "Wow this is huge!". Upgrading from a 1980x1080 24" to a 2560x1440 27" is certainly taking a bit of getting used to, and I've had to put my monitor as far back as my desk will allow just so it doesn't feel like I'm being blinded!
So it's big, that much is a given but how does it perform? I for one was a little apprehensive about even purchasing a 1440 monitor as the main two contenders (This and the Asus PB278Q) all had a fair amount of reviews from people saying they had received faulty panels with dead pixels or backlight bleed, and the Asus' factory's attempt at colour calibration was said to be non-existent. I eventually bit the bullet under the idea that these reviews were a fairly long time ago and I could only hope that the manufacturers had addressed the issue, especially considering how widespread these problems appeared to be. I also opted for the Dell due to their returns procedure being miles better than Asus'(All of my mobo's and GPU's have been Asus models for a fair few years now), for the reported better calibration and I wanted the best possible recourse if I ran into any problems.
The set up was easy enough, the stand slots straight into the screen as you'd expect, it's height adjustable and there's your standard VESA mounting holes in the back if you choose to use them. I can't really say mine is flimsy or unstable like other reviews seem to have experienced, as mine feels pretty secure. A nice little feature is all the visual cables you may need come in the box, but at a fairly premium price this really is something you'd hope to come with it (apparently the Asus models don't do this). Most of us will obviously already have these, but an extra set of DVI-D, HDMI and Displayport cables is always a welcome addition in my opinion and was actually helpful since I then set up my old 1980x1080 Acer as a second screen. Included in box is a print out from the Dell factory with a colour calibration chart, so you can rest a little easier knowing that there's a fairly high chance they've done your panel the justice it deserves. There's obviously controls on the monitor to fiddle with this yourself, but I'm not particularly well versed in calibration, so I figured I'd leave it to the professionals.
All set up and ready to go, I booted up to Windows and thankfully no dead pixels. Obviously as a gamer I wanted to jump right in and test my new resolution and card on some fairly demanding games, with Battlefield 4 being my first choice. I'm not really a fan of this title but holy hell, what a difference the higher resolution made! My next step was Skyrim with the HD textures installed. Once again I was blown away. This is far by the clearest and sharpest display I have ever had the fortune to see. The colours, contrast and brightness as far as I'm concerned are fantastic, no need for me to meddle with them. Aside from 4k (which I have yet to experience sadly) this is the best I could ever have hoped for in a home environment.
Finally though, why the 4 stars? While it comes flabbergastingly close, this monitor is only almost perfect. Whether its just the environment I use it in I don't know, but every now and then the anti-glare coating on the panel works a little too well and my vision is obstructed by the sheen. Aside from this minor and rarely occurring detail this monitor is excellent, and I wish I could've given it a perfect score.