Best External Monitors for Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 in 2022

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (Image credit: Windows Central)

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.

Choosing the right monitor for your XPS 13

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With a great laptop, you should get a great monitor, and with options like the LG 27UL550-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 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 cable

USB-C cable (Image credit: StarTech)

USB-C to HDMI cable ($29 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 VGA (Image credit: DteeDck)

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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