Best External Monitors for Dell XPS 15 in 2022

XPS 15 9570
XPS 15 9570

The display on the Dell XPS 15 is amazing, but it may not be large enough to work on when you're at a desk. External monitors are a great way of turning your portable laptop into a desktop setup. You can also extend available screen real estate by using the built-in panel with an external monitor to the side, allowing you to increase your levels of productivity tenfold. Here are some of the best computer monitors out there.

Choosing the right external monitor

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Any of the monitors in our roundup will work well with the Dell XPS 15 so long as you have the correct cabling to connect the two together. If we were to make a suggestion to consider, it would be the Dell UltraSharp P2720D, largely down to the quality of the panel. You'll be able to get a lot done, and everything you do on your XPS 15 will look spectacular on either display.

Cables to connect your Dell XPS 15

The XPS 15 (9500) does not come rocking HDMI or DisplayPort. To keep the design looking clean and to make it as thin as possible, Dell had to remove these ports and instead rely on just a single Thunderbolt 3 port to handle video out. This means you'll need to pick up a cable to connect your XPS 15 to a monitor we recommend (unless it allows for Thunderbolt input). Luckily, we rounded up two cables below that will come in handy.


USB-C to HDMI (Image credit: CableCreation)

Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI cable ($15 at Amazon)

With no HDMI on the XPS 15, you're instead left relying on the Thunderbolt 3 port, and this cable will make the magic happen.

TB3 cable

TB3 cable (Image credit: Nekteck)

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.

Thunderbolt 3 to DisplayPort cable ($18 at Amazon)

When your display takes DisplayPort, this cable will make it possible to hook it up to your XPS 15.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.