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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:

The S2740L has a good range of inputs, including a VGA input for older PCs, HDMI, and a DVI-D input that supports HDCP. There’s also a 3.5mm audio output for headphones or external speakers, and two USB ports. These are particularly handy for connecting your mouse and keyboard if you keep your PC on the floor and don’t want to crawl under your desk to attach things.

Dell S2740L

Unfortunately, the S2740L’s design makes accessing these ports another rather tedious exercise, as they’re concealed under a plastic lip on the back of the monitor and half obscured by its large, fixed stand as well. The stand’s 215mm square base will also take up a sizeable portion of your desk.

The S2740L makes a poor everyday monitor, but use it in a dark room where there’s no risk of reflection and images truly come alive. Sadly, it’s just not enough to outweigh its severe reflection problem, and there other 27in monitors out there like the award winning AOC e2752Vq that are both better and cheaper than the S2740L. The AOC may not have the Dell’s stylish design, but we’d swap it for the S2740L any day.

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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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