"Glad I chose this over the Apple monitor"4.0 starson by reng2005
Pros: Beautiful display.
Full-featured and versatile.
When it's on sale, it's a great value.
Cons: The base is hollow.
Summary: I just received my Dell U2713HM 27-inch 2560x1440 monitor, and it is a beaut...
I was surprised that it arrived so quickly. I only ordered the monitor on Tuesday and it arrived in two (business) days! Dell had estimated May 13 delivery date; Christ, that's overly conservative!
After I unpacked the monitor and set it up on my desk, I connected the Mac mini to it with a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable ($20 at Canada Computers). But for some reason, the monitor did not come on. No joy for me—I started to panic.
I connected the monitor to the Dell PC (using DVI) and it worked fine. I did a little digging on the Internet and eventually figured out that I had to tell the U2713HM to use DisplayPort via the monitor's menu.
Then I wanted to try swiveling the monitor and adjusting its height. I couldn't figure out how to do it. After watching the CNET review video, I realized I had to **push** the monitor down from its top height. (And, of course, you have to pull the monitor up from its low height.) There is no latch or button, which is what I was looking for. It's actually quite elegant.
To swivel, you twist the supporting column overcoming the stiff resistance. You can also twist the monitor itself, but I worry about excessive torque damaging the monitor. (I'm rather OCD that way.)
Initial examination shows no hot or dead pixels. For the next 30 days, I will monitor (no pun intended) the situation. If I return the monitor within 30 days, they give me a brand new one. After 30 days, they give me a refurbished unit.
Despite user reviews complaining about the "sparkly" matte finish on the Dell monitor, I don't see any issue with it. The display is gorgeous!!! And it really cuts out the glare from my room's floor lamp. If I had purchased the Apple Thunderbolt/Cinema Display, there is no doubt that the glare would be bothersome. Users who complain about the matte finish are really quite OCD.
The U2713HM has its own USB hub giving me 4 additional USB ports. This is extremely well-appreciated, as I've used up all 4 USB ports on my Mac mini.
So based on my preliminary review of the Dell U2713HM, I highly, highly recommend this monitor. It is the best $600 I've spent in over a decade! Great value. Excellent quality. The monitor comes fully color calibrated from the factory. The display is exquisitely beautiful.