Dell made sure the display on the XPS 17 is something special, but it may not be enough for your daily tasks. 17 inches of screen real estate is a fair amount for a portable PC, but should you need more, there are plenty of external displays that are ready to increase productivity. We've rounded up some of the best options for the Dell XPS 17.
Amazing Bezel-less Quality
Dell's P2720D 27-inch monitor has a 2560x1440 resolution and IPS panel for a stunning picture, and its lack of bezel makes it seem like the picture reaches edge to edge. Connect with HDMI or DisplayPort, take advantage of five USB-A 3.0 ports, and mount the monitor easily thanks to VESA compatibility.
There are many great 4K panels out there, and Dell's U2720Q is an excellent example. It has a minimal bezel around the 27-inch display, color reproduction is nearly perfect, and the adjustable stand lets you get the proper angle. Connect with HDMI, DisplayPort, or USB-C, and take advantage of a three-year warranty.
Best for design
If you need a professional-grade monitor with perfect sRGB and Rec. 709 color reproduction and HDR10 support, BenQ's PD2700U is a great pick. It has a slim bezel, the stand is adjustable, and the IPS panel provides wide viewing angles. Choose from preset color modes for design and editing tasks and connect with DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort.
This 34-inch ultrawide monitor gives you acres of display real estate to get your work done and benefits from a 3440 x 1440 resolution. It has a bunch of connectivity options, including HDMI and DisplayPort, as well as a 75Hz refresh rate, which is impressive to see on something this affordable.
This AOC Agon monitor's 35-inch panel is curved to better take in all the action, and it's supported by an adjustable stand with RGB lighting on the back. The 3440x1440 resolution is brilliant, it has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 4ms response time for a smooth picture, and it features G-Sync compatibility to match up with the hardware in your laptop if you configure the XPS 15 with an NVIDIA GPU. Connect with DisplayPort or HDMI.
This handy portable display from AOC won't destroy your budget. What makes this display interesting is the size, allowing you to pack it into your bag and take it abroad. It's perfect for using your Dell XPS 15 at a hotel while on vacation or a business trip. The 1920x1080 resolution will also allow you to get much more done with the power of two screens to work with.
Choosing the right external monitor
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Any monitor recommended in this collection will work well with the XPS 17, depending on your budget and what sort of monitor you're looking for. If we were to make a single recommendation, it would be the Dell UltraSharp P2720D (opens in new tab), not just because it's also made by Dell, but it's a killer display. Using this panel alongside your XPS 17 in a dual-screen setup will look awesome.
Cables to connect your Dell XPS 17
The XPS 17, much like the smaller XPS 15, does not come with any dedicated ports for HDMI and DisplayPort. This makes hooking up an external monitor a little tricky since you'll need to buy a connector as well as the additional display. Luckily, we've included some cables below that will allow you to connect the displays above to the XPS 17 without issue.
Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI cable (opens in new tab) ($19 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.
Thunderbolt 3 certified USB-C cable (opens in new tab) ($24 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 (opens in new tab) ($18 at Amazon)
When your display takes DisplayPort, this cable will make it possible to hook it up to your XPS 15.
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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.
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