Found Guilty And Sentenced To Use A Dell Monitor

Recently, I had to give up one of my favorite pieces of electronics — my M1 iMac. The process wasn’t easy. It was love at first sight when I saw the new, colorful M1 iterations of the iconic Mac desktop. The aluminum and glass combination was sturdy, aesthetically pleasing, and the choice of colors made the machines feel personal. I was grateful to be able to afford a refurbished version. My previous iMac, which I had to give to my son for remote schooling, is over 10 years old (yes, he’s still using it and perfectly happy). I bought the blue iMac with the funds I acquired selling my Star Wars pinball machine.

Unfortunately, not long after getting my new machine, I realized that it was going to be a problem working from home with it. It couldn’t be used for work, since I had to use my company-provided MacBook Pro. I had to get a monitor that would work with both a personal machine and a work machine. I set out to find a screen (and a new computer) that would fit my work-from-home needs. It was almost a foregone conclusion that I would get a Mac mini (I’m not switching to Windows for many reasons). However, the monitor was something I was not sure about. The Apple-made Studio monitor starts at $1500, so that was out of the question.

After a lot of research, I ended up choosing a mid-range Dell.1 I had high hopes for the device. It had USB-C, HDMI and display port inputs, so it would allow me to switch between my work and personal machines. It had a good resolution that was reviewed as crisp and vivid. Unfortunately, the monitor has been a disappointment in many ways.

In summary, I hate this monitor and the horse it rode in on. Perhaps it’s a good monitor to use with a PC, but it’s terrible with a Mac. I wouldn’t wish in on my worst enemy. It’s really a shame that the PC and monitor manufacturers have such lower quality standards than Apple. No matter how many issues I have with Apple, their hardware and software combination blows away their competitors. It’s not even close.

Dude, I hope you’re not getting a Dell. 

  1. A Dell UltraSharp U2520D 25 Inch QHD (2560 x 1440) LED Backlit LCD IPS USB-C Monitor↩︎