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Dell S2740L review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £298
inc VAT

Excellent brightness and contrast levels, but its glossy display will drive you mad


27in screen size, 1,920×1,080 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

It’s very easy to get distracted by the Dell S2740L. Not because of its eye-catching frameless 27in IPS display, its 1,920×1,080 resolution or its low-end price point. Instead, all we could think about was just how shiny and glossy it is.

Dell S2740L

The screen itself is set roughly 3mm away from the edge-to-edge glass. This causes both the display and the 3mm inlay to reflect back on each other, making the screen appear to extend past the edge of the monitor while simultaneously reflecting a thick black line down the edge of the display. It’s very off-putting, and tilting the screen and lowering the brightness and contrast levels did nothing to stop the effect.

It’s a shame, really, because that extra glossy display really makes colours look fantastic, and our solid colour tests produced some of the brightest and most vivid reds, blues and greens we’ve ever seen. Blacks were truly black and our solid white images made our AOC i2352Vh reference screen look positively grey in comparison.

Dell S2740L

The S2740L’s wide viewing angles were equally stunning, although these were marred by reflections in either direction. This made viewing our high contrast images almost impossible in our brightly lit office, as the reflections completely obliterated all level of detail in the darker areas of each picture. Dark scenes in games and films were similarly frustrating to view. In darkness, its contrast levels are excellent, although we still had a few issues with reflections, even in near total darkness.

It fared reasonably well in our image tests, and our colour calibrator revealed it was displaying 96.3 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut straight out of the box. This figure is considerably higher than Dell’s own estimate of 84 per cent, but this score is still less than we expect from an IPS panel. We’ve seen cheaper TN panels score higher than this, and IPS panels are traditionally meant to have more accurate colour coverage. We weren’t able to increase this figure after calibration, which leaves the S2740L as a good but distinctly average IPS monitor.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***


Viewable size 27 in
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Contrast ratio 1,000:1 (8,000,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness 270cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle 178°
Vertical viewing angle 178°
Response time 7ms
Response time type grey-to-grey
Screen depth 18mm
Base (WxD) 642x216mm
Screen elevation 92mm


Portrait mode no
Wall mount option no
Height adjustable no
Internal speakers none
Detachable cables yes
USB hub 2-port USB
Integrated power supply yes
Kensington lock lug yes
Display extras headphone output
VGA input yes
DVI input yes
S-video input no
Component input no
Composite input no
HDCP support yes
Audio inputs 3.5mm line in


Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 21W

Buying Information

Price £298
Warranty one year RTB

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