The Dell XPS 13 is one of the best laptops around, but even so, it has a small display. In a home or office situation, you may find that you want a larger display that gives you more screen real estate to multitask with. Thankfully, you can easily turn the laptop into a desktop PC by getting your hands on a great external monitor, giving you more space to work. And while there are numerous quality monitors on the market that will work well with the Dell XPS 13, there are some that we feel truly rise above the rest as the best external monitors for the Dell XPS 13.
The Razer Raptor 27 might be the only display you ever need for your desk. It has a QHD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and excellent color reproduction. It works with G-Sync and FreeSync, if you ever want to use it for gaming, but it's also one of the absolute finest monitors ever made and a perfect choice to use with the latest XPS 13.
This stunning-looking LG 27-inch 4K display has near-perfect sRGB color reproduction, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 5ms response time so everything looks nice and crispy, while HDR10 support will ensure media content really pops. It has multiple display inputs, including two HDMI and a DisplayPort, while the overall design will look slick in any home or office environment.
Bezels be gone
If you love Dell's monitors and want to match your XPS 13 with one, there is this 24-incher. It has plenty of ports, including USB-C, for the easiest, single-cable connectivity to the laptop, and full VESA compatibility for easy multi-monitor mounting. It's a stunning monitor to match with an equally stunning laptop.
The AOC 24B2XH offers 1080p resolution, a 24-inch panel, and IPS display technology. Throw in multiple inputs, a solid price, and how it has almost no bezels, and you have quite the PC monitor. Despite its low cost, it also has a premium style about it, and though you will need an adapter or dedicated cable to use it with the XPS 13, the quality at such a low price is hard to ignore.
LG has a new series of 38-inch 4K monitors ranging from a modest $900 to this ultimate version priced at $1,500. The difference? With the LG 38WN95C-W, you get the usual wide color gamut, an anti-reflective layer, auto-brightness adjust, built-in speakers, and a 144Hz refresh rate for silky smooth motion. Add 94 watts of power for your laptop, and you can have an ultrawide monitor that does it all.
Lenovo's ThinkVision M14 is ultralight, yet it has a 14-inch 1080p display with 99% sRGB color and 300 nits brightness. Connect it to the XPS 13 with a single cable and one of two USB-C ports, prop it up with the swivel stand, and enjoy an extra display for bonus productivity on the road. It's not a huge extra carry, and the convenience is definitely worth it.
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The Dell XPS 13 is one of the best Windows laptops money can buy, but with the latest hardware inside, it's more than capable of running a full desktop experience. With a great laptop, you should get a great monitor, and with options like the Razer Raptor on the table, you'll have a stellar desktop PC experience from your laptop.
Another great option is the LG 38WN95C-W ultrawide monitor, which gives you significantly more screen space to work with even compared to traditional external monitors. The LG 38WN95C-W specifically also offers a stellar color gamut, great contrast, and a 144Hz refresh rate, making it one of the best ultrawides available and one of the best external monitors for the Dell XPS 13.
It's also worth recognizing what portable monitors like the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 can add to your laptop experience. Having extra screen space when you're at home or in the office is one thing, but with this slim, light, exceptionally well-made portable monitor, you can have a similar experience on the go.
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