DisplayBuddy vs Dell Display Manager: Control Dell monitor brightness on Mac

DisplayBuddy is the best Dell Display Manager alternative for controlling your monitors on Mac

DisplayBuddy and Dell Display Manager (also known as DDM) are two widely used apps for controlling monitors. While Dell Display Manager only works for newer monitors from Dell, DisplayBuddy stands out by offering seamless compatibility with a wide range of monitors.

DisplayBuddy offers some important features which are absent in Dell’s Display Manager, such as the ability to control brightness, contrast and volume of your monitors, switch between monitor inputs, save presets and sync brightness across multiple monitors.

If you have a mix of monitors from multiple brands, say one from LG and one from Dell, DisplayBuddy will be the only app that lets you control both, while Dell’s Display Manager will only work with the Dell monitor. And ofcourse, DisplayBuddy has a much cleaner and simpler interface compared to DDM:

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Dell has recently launched a new version of Dell Display Manager, called the Dell Display and Peripheral Manager (DDPM for short). The new app has a better UI than the previous, but has extremely limited support for a set of only newer Dell monitors.

DisplayBuddy users have received 46 free updates in the past year, adding support for the latest Apple Silicon chips (M2, M2 Pro and M2 Max), support for Siri and Mac Shortcuts (“Hey Siri, set all my displays to 50% brightness”), as well as several useful features such as making your monitor follow the brightness of your Macbook’s screen, saving presets, and controlling display resolution and rotation.

To help users choose between DisplayBuddy vs Dell Display Manager, here is a detailed comparison of their capabilities:

Feature DisplayBuddy Dell Display Manager
Control the real brightness and contrast of monitors
Native brightness control for all monitors without touching the buttons

(only newer Dell monitors)
Control displays made by 
Includes the Apple Pro Display XDR, Studio Display & Thunderbolt Display
Control non-Dell monitors
Includes monitors made by Dell, BenQ, Samsung, HP, and many more
Use keyboard brightness and volume keys
Use the keys you’re already used to
Multi-monitor support
Manage all your displays at a glance
Control display resolution and rotation
Sync controls across multiple displays
Make all monitors follow one monitor’s brightness or contrast
Create Presets
Save settings across multiple displays and restore them with a single click
Use Siri to control your monitors
“Hey Siri, set all my displays to 80% brightness”
Supports Mac Shortcuts
Setup automations on the Shortcuts app to control your monitors as part of your workflow
Simple, intuitive design
Works on macOS Big Sur and above
Screen Split Feature (PBP / KVM Settings)

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