Apple's Studio Display vs. Dell's Latest $655 27-Inch UltraSharp Monitor

Last week, we compared the Apple Studio Display to the much cheaper and feature rich Samsung M8 Display, and the comparison was popular with MacRumors readers, so we thought we'd pit the Studio Display against yet another competing option, Dell's UltraSharp 27-inch "U2723QE" 4K USB-C Hub Monitor.


Priced at $655 on sale, Dell's 27-inch UltraSharp display is the same size as the Studio Display, but it's 4K rather than 5K and it maxes out at 400 nits brightness rather than 600, so the HDR isn't as good, nor is the color accuracy.

It has a simple design that's not up to par with the design of the Studio Display, but it does come with several USB-C and USB-A ports, as well as an HDMI port and a DisplayPort. It also supports 90W power delivery, so it's going to work with any of Apple's notebooks, though it won't charge the 16-inch machines at full speed.

We go into much more depth on the Dell 27-inch UltraSharp Display and the Studio Display in our video up above, so make sure to check that out for a definitive answer on whether the Studio Display is worth the premium over the more affordable Dell monitor.

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Top Rated Comments

john katos Avatar
28 months ago
27" 4k is not retina. Over and out.
Score: 53 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannyyankou Avatar
28 months ago

27" 4k is not retina. Over and out.
A 27 inch 4K monitor becomes retina at about 21 inches away. So in that sense you can say it qualifies as a Retina display. I myself have a 27 inch 4K monitor from LG and I can't even differentiate the pixels when I put my face up to it.

But also it's almost a full $1000 cheaper.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mousekiks Avatar
28 months ago
Studio display doesn’t support HDR…
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4jasontv Avatar
28 months ago

Another comparison to a non-retina, low-PPI display. 4K 27" is really not that sharp - it's only as sharp as the original non-retina iPhone (around 160 PPI)

This absurdity has to stop.
That's a tad misleading given the distance one holds a phone is very different from how far away a monitor sits.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
turbineseaplane Avatar
28 months ago

I'm the opposite.. I only bought it because it has a webcam and speakers in one package
Both would have been good honestly

If you are a multi monitor user, multiple sets of cameras/speakers are a mess and a waste
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
turbineseaplane Avatar
28 months ago

I think the Studio Display is absurdly overpriced for a 6 year old panel, but the Dell is only 4K, does not have a camera and does not have a six speaker array. About they only thing similar is that they're both monitors.
I wish Apple had made a version of the ASD with no webcam and no speakers.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)