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REVIEW: Dell U2713HM

Introduction

With the U2713HM, Dell recently presented a new 27-inch monitor that should carry on from the successes of the U2711. Of course, those are big shoes to fill, with the earlier model having received equally positive ratings from customers and the trade press.

Like its predecessor, the U2713HM offers an IPS panel with an unusually fine resolution of 2.560 x 1.440. The monitor also offers a full ergonomics package, all common ports and a USB hub which has been upgraded to Version 3.0 as compared with the U2711.

So much for the commonalities – the U2713HM also differs clearly from its predecessor when it comes to some of the key data. The switch from CCFL backlight to the more modern LEDs will certainly prove interesting for the buyer. This should make the model very economical and still allow it to cover an extensive colour space.

We were able to get our hands on a test model of this interesting monitor even before its official market launch and carry out some in-depth testing on it. This review will show whether the U2713HM is a worthy successor to the U2711 or whether it is merely its baby brother. Although successor is not the right word in this case, since the U2711 is still available and is not being replaced by the U2713HM.

Scope of supply

The box the U2713HM reaches the customer in is large and heavy – no wonder, since the monitor together with the sturdy stand already makes up a considerable weight of more than 8 kg. Although this is cumbersome, it leads us to believe that the manufacturing quality is high and the monitor is sturdy.

Scope of supply with the U2713HM.

The large, one-piece stand also contributes to the bulky packaging, weighing almost 2 kg by itself. The screen is attached quickly and securely to the stand using a simple locking system; there is no need for tools.

In terms of cables, Dell includes a Dual-Link DVI cable for digital usage as well as the still obligatory analogue VGA cable. A USB-3.0 upstream cable is also provided. In addition, a getting started guide and a software CD containing the monitor driver and a detailed PDF manual are also included.

Design and mechanics

The U2713HM comes in the typical design of Dell’s business series, like the U2412M or the U2312HM for example. Therefore, there are no distracting, sensitive high-gloss surfaces; in general, the design is simple and functional, but is still successful.

The U2713HM viewed from the front and back.

The frame of the monitor is matte black. The inside of the frame is also matte, which effectively prevents the screen content from being reflected. Apart from the DELL logo located in the centre of the lower section of the frame, the frame has no stickers.

The power button, which is illuminated by a white LED when the monitor is on, is located on the lower right hand side, along with the unlabelled and very discreet OSD buttons.

Frame of the U2713HM.

The excellent stand, as is we have become accustomed to based on other Dell monitors, is very sturdy and has a high metal content. It holds the screen securely in place and offers the full range of ergonomic features: height adjustment, rotation, tilting and pivot. An elongated hole is also provided as a cable routing solution about halfway up the stand.

The sturdy stand has a high metal content.

The manufacturer has also thought of wall mounting: if you remove the stand, a different compatible mounting system can be attached via the VESA100 screw holes.

The vertical tilting angle of the monitor can be adjusted between 5° forwards and 18° backwards. Adjusting the angle requires some degree of strength, but there is a precise, high-quality feel to it. The considerable weight and the consequent sturdiness of the U2713HM mean that the angle can also be adjusted using one hand.

The U2713HM in maximum forward and backward tilting settings.

A track system in the stand allows the height of the lower edge of the monitor to be adjusted to between 4.5 and 16 cm above the desk surface.

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