If you’ve been enviously eyeing off a new monitor for Christmas, perhaps something in the 27-inch range, you can snap up a great deal on Dell’s Ultrasharp U2713HM right now. It usually goes for $849, but if you’re OK with going through a few steps, you can shave $316 of this price.
This combination of discounts was picked up on by OzBargain user “dealsforall”, and requires purchasing the monitor from Dell’s eBay store, rather than the company’s website. The display is already discounted by 20 per cent, bringing the cost down to $679. eBay is currently running a promotion where if you enter the following code:
You can get a further 20 per cent off, taking us to $543. You can stop there, but if you want to drop a few more dollars, there’s a cashback offer available where you can save another $10.
Yes, there are a few hoops you have to jump through, but nothing onerous and the OzBargain thread takes you through it clearly. As for the monitor itself, here are a few specs from Dell’s website:
Diagonal Viewing Size: 68.58 cm
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9)
Panel Type, Surface: In-plane switching, anti glare with hard coat 3H
Optimal Resolution: 2560 x 1440 at 60Hz
Contrast Ratio: 1000 to 1 (typical), Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 2 Million:1 (Max)
Our VGA connector can only support up to 2048 x 1152 (Bandwidth Limitation).
Our HDMI is 1.4 is compatible and can support up to 1920 x 1080.
Brightness: 350 cd/m2 (typical), 50 cd/m2 (minimum)
Response Time: 8ms (grey to grey)
USB 3.0 Hi-Speed Hub (with 1 USB upstream port and 4 USB downstream ports)
Note that you’ll need to get a dual-DVI or DisplayPort cable if you want to run it at the native 1440p resolution.