Dell UltraSharp U2412M

8/4/2012 11:42:52 AM

Dell's U2412M is aimed at the business market, which might excuse the fact that it’s twice the price of a budget 24in monitor. You get a lot for your money, though.

Unusually, the IPS screen has 1920x1200 pixels rather than the usual 1920x1080. This may not sound much, but in practice it’s a significant amount of extra space.

Description: Dell UltraSharp U2412M

The fully adjustable screen can be raised or lowered, and you can switch it to portrait mode or swivel it 45° either side. It also has a four-port USB hub, which is handy for attaching devices to your PC. The screen has a matt anti-glare finish, which is suitable for office environments with fluorescent lighting.

An onscreen display helps you adjust image quality. Controls consist of four unmarked buttons; press one, and a menu pops up telling you what it's for. When the display first appears, you can adjust brightness and contrast and choose image presets. Some presets allow hue and saturation adjustment, while others don't. Strangely, the color temperature setting is also a preset, even though it applies its changes no matter which preset you’ve already chosen.

Viewing angles are excellent, so you can view the screen from almost any angle without a reduction in image quality. Reflections are almost non-existent. Colors aren't as accurate as on other IPS panels we’ve seen, though. In our tests, blues and greens were out of kilter, which made reds stand out more.

However, colors are still deeper and more natural than those of any budget 24in monitor we've seen, and only in a side-by-side comparison with a better IPS panel would you notice a difference. The U2412M also has a DisplayPort input, which could be useful if you have a modern AMD graphics card and want to have a multi-monitor setup.

Description: Dell UltraSharp U2412M

The U2412M is a good monitor with a lot of desirable features, such as an adjustable stand and a four-port USB hub, but compared with the latest batch of budget IPS monitors it looks expensive. Fans of the larger resolution should save up a bit more for Hazro's HZ27WC or buy two ViewSonic VX2336s-LEDs.

Technical data

Price: $299

Verdict: Great for desktop and gaming, but its expensive compared to new budget IPS panels

24in widescreen LCD: 1920x1200 native resolution, VGA, DVI inputs, four-port USB hub, 1x DisplayPort

Part code: 860-10148


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