Best External Monitors for Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Windows Central 2020

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is one of the best convertible Ultrabooks around, but even so, it has a small display. It's easy to transform the small 13-inch laptop into a desktop PC with an external monitor, providing more space to work and play. There are some great choices out there to make your XPS 13 2-in-1 experience even better, and we rounded up a few recommendations.

Stunning 4K: LG 27UD68-W

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This stunning-looking LG 27-inch 4K display has near-perfect color reproduction, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 5ms response time, so everything looks nice and crispy. The XPS 13 2-in-1 can hook up using only a USB-C cable and has some nifty built-in features that include LG's Screen Split and game modes.

$500 at Amazon

No bezels: Dell UltraSharp U2719D

Dell's stunning 27-inch monitor has an almost entirely bezel-free design and a 27-inch display. It has inputs for HDMI and DisplayPort, an IPS panel with excellent color reproduction, a VESA mount, and a resolution of 2560x1440, so everything you do will look nice and sharp.

$445 at Newegg

Budget choice: Dell E2216HV

The Dell E2216HV offers a 5ms response time, 1080p resolution, and 85% color gamut support. It only supports VGA input, so you will need an adapter. However, for that price, it's an excellent monitor. Since it's only 21.5-inches as well, it's a perfect choice for those tight on space while still giving plenty of additional screen real estate to your laptop.

$130 at Newegg

Work wide: LG 34WK650

This 34-inch Ultrawide monitor gives you acres of display real estate to get your work done and benefits from a Full HD resolution all the way across. It has a bunch of connectivity options, including HDMI and DisplayPort, and it even supports HDR10 and a 99% sRGB color gamut, which is fantastic to see on an affordable ultrawide monitor such as this.

$397 at Amazon

Big screen: BenQ EW3280U

Another monitor that hooks up over USB-C, this 32-inch goliath features a 4K panel with HDR support. Not only that, but it supports 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, along with low blue light and anti-flicker modes, as well as boasting powerful sound from its built-in speakers. The additional e-paper mode designed for reading protects your eyes by turning your monitor into a giant e-reader.

$800 at Newegg

Portable screen: ASUS ZenScreen

An extra screen at home is great, but an extra screen you can take with your laptop on the road is even better. This is a 15.6-inch USB-C portable touchscreen monitor with a Full HD resolution IPS display and support for digital inking. It also works both landscape and portrait, making it plenty versatile.

$250 at Amazon

Choosing the right monitor for your XPS 13

With a great laptop, you should get a great monitor, and with options like the LG 27UD68-W on the table, you'll have a stellar desktop PC experience from your laptop.

Our top LG 27UD68-W pick comes with a USB-C input, allowing you to use a single cable without any pesky dongles to connect the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. It's 4K, also has AMD FreeSync support, a refresh rate of 60Hz, and has a slim design to complement Dell's gorgeous notebook.

The Dell UltraSharp U2719D is another great choice, especially if you're looking to spend a bit less, with a 1440p display and super-skinny bezels, this is a joy to look at all day, every day. And if you need something a little more portable, you can't go wrong packing the ASUS ZenScreen in your bag with your XPS 13 2-in-1.

Don't forget your cables

The XPS 13 2-in-1 doesn't have regular HDMI or DisplayPort outputs, instead of relying on USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. So you'll need the right sort of cable to hook up the laptop to any of these external displays.

USB-C to HDMI cable ($28 at Amazon)

With no HDMI on the XPS 13, you're instead left relying on the Thunderbolt 3 port, and this cable will make the magic happen.

Thunderbolt 3 certified USB-C cable ($20 at Amazon)

To connect to a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 monitor, get one of these Thunderbolt 3-certified cables.

USB-C to VGA adapter ($12 at Amazon)

If you're using a monitor without USB-C, you can still convert to the older VGA standard with this affordable adapter.

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