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As a rule, I rarely hear enthusiastic opinions about monitors. Most of the time it is more of a problem such as “The monitor does not recognize my MacBook Pro” or “The monitor does not come from standby when you wake up your Mac”. Recently, however, my reader Jörg wrote me an email that is exactly the opposite: a hymn of praise for his new Dell monitor.
Hello Jens, I got the DELL U2520D ordered, the old mac mini works perfectly with the Dell display port cable and mini display port adapter from Dell, at the same time it is switched automatically when I connect an iPad Pro or my Macbook Pro with USB. It's a Dream. maybe helpful for you & your readers.
Before he bought it, Jörg wrote me a question that I unfortunately could not answer correctly:
Question about monitor for use with the old Mac world and the new USB C world at the same time
Hello Jens, I have a Macbook Pro 2020 (USB C), an iPad Pro 2020 (USB C) and a Mac Mini 2013 (Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort). I would like to order a monitor that runs with all 3 devices (for the Mini with an adapter or similar). Which monitor can you recommend? which adapters or docks do I need for the old Mini to be able to use all 3 devices? Many thanks in advance
Since I haven't dealt much with monitors lately, I don't have an insight into new innovations and unfortunately I couldn't help Jörg.
He then did it himself and finally the Dell UltraSharp 25 USB-C Monitor U2520D ordered, which offers all important interfaces:
Thanks to the automatic signal detection, it can also switch to the corresponding source if, for example, an iPad Pro is plugged in that was not previously connected. This saves you having to fumble in the - mostly terrible - on-screen menus of the monitor.
Of course, I've also read the reviews of previous customers about the Dell monitor and it has collected quite a few 4 and 5 star ratings:
All in all, good value for money and I really see this monitor will be with me for a few years. (translated)
As for the video quality, it is really fantastic and should be more than adequate for everyday office work / media use. (translated)
The picture is extremely sharp, as the combination of 25 ″ and WQHD (2.560 x 1.440) resolution ensures a high pixel density. So the text is still sharp even when zooming in and there is plenty of space for different windows. For those who are used to high resolutions (e.g. from the Retina display in MacBooks), I would not recommend full HD for monitors larger than 24 ″.
Top connectivity! I use the monitor on a MacBook Pro and a Surface Pro7 via USB-C. Both devices are recognized and supplied with power without any problems. The 3 USB 3 (A) and one USB C port allow great flexibility!
Excellent docking station with a sharp picture. I've compared different USB-C monitors over the past few weeks and got stuck with this one.
But there are also some negative opinions. The following points were criticized:
In addition, maybe a few tips, questions and answers that are of interest to us Mac users.
I hope Jörg's monitor recommendation also meets your taste. If you want to take a look at the Dell U2520D, you will find it here on amazon.
One positive thing to note is that it is a monitor that is quite affordable and still has a great picture and the practical dock function. This should make it an exciting device for many Mac users.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.