Dell has introduced as many as five new monitors as part of its 2013 S-series. Available in 27-, 24-, 23- and 21.5-inch sizes, the monitors represent a more affordable alternative to the company’s UltraSharp family, with prices ranging between $200 and $400 and features like thin bezels, edge-to-edge glass and IPS panels.
All five monitors have a 16:9 aspect ratio, a standard 1920 x 1080 resolution, LED-backlighting and 178 degrees viewing angles in both directions. The 27-inch, range-topping S2470L offers the most connectivity options of the bunch with DVI, VGA, HDMI and a pair of USB ports. You’ll get an IPS panel with a brightness of 250 cd/m², 1000:1 contrast ratio, gray-to-gray response time of 7 ms, a thin bezel and edge-to-edge glass.
The 24-inch S2440L is the only non-IPS model of the lot, featuring a VA panel instead with a 5000:1 contrast ratio and a 5 ms response time. It is priced at $300 and offers VGA and HDMI connections (no USB), as well as the same thin bezel, edge-to-edge glass design as its 27-inch sibling.
The three lower-end models ditch the edge-to-edge glass but still retain the small bezels and pack IPS panels. The 23-inch S2340L is priced at $250 and offers VGA + HDMI connections, while two 21.5-inch models are available for $220 or $200 featuring VGA + HDMI connections or VGA + DVI, respectively. The entire lineup comes bundled with Dell's Display Manager software to configure presets for specific applications.