37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2014
Best monitors I've ever bought. I'm very surprised at the quality of image and colour, considering the price. They are worlds apart from monitors that don't cost must less.
I bought two and use them side-by-side for web development and none of my other monitors come close for quality or clarity.
Those extra 120 pixels (16:10 vs 16:9) make a colossal difference in my opinion and I can't personally stand ever having to use a 16:9 monitor of any size.
I searched online for the best profile set-up and quickly came across these settings which I now use and everything is perfect for my eyes:
Preset Mode: Custom Colour
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2014
I had for many years a 19 Dell Monitor which was fully adjustable and incorporated a hub. I decided to upgrade to a 24 inch monitor and first chose an Acer because of the price and good feedback. Fair enough it was a good monitor although not adjustable and no hub. I also found the screen was very bright and had to turn the brightness down so I sold it at a small loss. I had my eye on this 24 inch Dell monitor and although more expensive had all the features of my earlier Dell monitor with the 24 inch size in a better proportion as it was not as wide but a bit higher than the Acer. The picture is sharp and clear but does not glare so have been able to leave it in its default settings. I intend to keep it for many years as I am sure there is none better for the price on the market. Definitely worth 5 stars
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2013
I'm a gamer, programmer and I also occasionally watch films etc at my PC. Forget worrying about the deeper technical details here: if you're a graphics professional you'll be looking at a different price bracket entirely.
The quality of this display is, I'm sure, the best you can get for this money. Very low reflection, no visible ghosting that I can make out, and the colours and contrast are perfect. Plus, it's 1920×1200, which in this age of the wide screen boom is very refreshing, not just for games, but also when I have to switch h to programming mode.
A special mention should also be made of the stand and usb hub capability : you can rotate the screen through 90 degrees should you need, with a simple cable management solution ensuring that you don't rip out your connectors as you do so (assuming you have slack of course!). And the hub is perfect for your wireless mouse receiver, xbox 360 dangle, phone or memory stick needs.
No dead pixels to report, and I'm sure this screen will be on my desk for the next 3 years at least.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2013
Basically monitor choice can be divided between superior colour/image quality in IPS or superior fluidity with 60/120/144/etc TN panels. As a gamer/multimedia user with no interest in 3d at all I chose image and colour quality of the dell ultrasharp and do not regret it, as you're only going to be getting much over 60fps with an expensive dual card setup if you like to crank settings to max, and the colours/quality of a TN is going to be *nowhere near* this. Not recommended for solid FPS gamers however as a sole monitor, even a good 60Hz TN is visibly faster and smoother if you're prone to noticing these things.
It's also 1200 pixels vertically, none of that 1080 malarky, much nicer for a PC screen.
With large screens viewing angle is also important, TN just are not suitable for larger upclose displays, they look hideous with weird colour shifts all over the place. IPS monitors like this dell have hugely reduced issues here to the point I don't notice it.
The build quality is excellent, the menus very easy to use, connectivity decent (a nifty USB hub but no HDMI, easily solved with an adapter), the stand is fantastic and the monitor has a VESA mount capability. Reasonably thin bezels too, useful if desired.
Only 4 stars because mine has 2 dead pixels near the edges (now named Tyler and Marla), very hard, even impossible to notice most of the time but still taking a star away, it's a £200 monitor afterall, not some cheap tat. Yes I could send it back, but getting upset over such a tiny thing just isn't cricket.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2014
If you want a monitor for graphic design or print-production work then this is the one.
The colour accuracy is astonishing, as it comes, out of the box, and without further calibration.
Text is razor sharp.
Photographic images are uncannily vibrant.
The format is entirely functional (not just for widescreen movies).
And the value is exceptional.
And of course, it has a matte finish, otherwise I wouldn't have touched it with a barge pole.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2014
I have been using my previous Dell 2007 WFP Monitor for about 5 Years and had scanned, Photoshopped, printed and filed hundreds of old colour and monochrome negatives using the excellent colour rendering of this old monitor.
I noticed recently that its brightness and colour accuracy had become degraded, and decided that it was time to retire it to the games computer and obtain a replacement.
I had seen a lot of reviews for the U2412M and thought that this would be THE ONE to get and ordered it without really looking at the specification! An enormous cardboard box arrived and I proceeded to unpack it. This was a very well packed item and it was quite difficult to actually get at the monitor inside; talk about boxes within boxes!
Eventually, and surrounded by discarded packing material, I realised that it would be very difficult item to repack if I wished to return it for any reason. However, there was no need to worry about this, as everything was, as usual, just what I wanted. I was a little alarmed by the huge size and shape of the screen (foolishly, I had not bothered to check this before ordering) but have grown to love it.
Despite the fact that the assembly and commissioning instructions were printed on the usual postage stamp sized sheet, everything went perfectly and, on switching on, it was ready for use, even self selecting the correct input. There was a fuller instruction manual on the driver disc, but this was unavailable until after the installation was complete! I did search the disc before loading the drivers but, as I was looking for a PDF file (it was not!) could not find anything in the usual places!
I have been using the monitor for several weeks now and have got used to its large screen size. The image is crisp and bright, with perfect colour rendering that matches the printer I use. As I also do a lot of work with spread sheets, the larger size and shape of the screen alows a large number of rows and columns to be seen without loosing readability.
All in all, I can definitely recommend this item as suitable for most of the work that you might need to so on it
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2015
Had for over 2 years now and it has proven to be completely reliable.
Incredible monitor at an extremely good price. As others are saying, this monitor is 16:10 in aspect ratio. This means you have extra height compared with a 16:9 monitor. This is great for documents and everything really because say you have an A4 document in portrait, it can fit more onto the screen. Whenever I go to use a 16:9 monitor now it feels like a toy and useless really. I would always strongly recommend having the 16:10 ratio, it is significantly better than 16:9.
Colour on the screen is the best I have ever had or seen. Text is very clear, as is everything really. Just very high quality.
Also worthy of comment is its stand - the best I have seen on a monitor. It is adjustable in height by a long way simply pushing the monitor up and down. Many monitors can only be tilted back and forth. This monitor is extremely adjustable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2015
With all the choices and different variables on offer, I researched, compared and "agonised" over a monitor for days, but the 16:10 ratio, screen adjustability every which way, and the consistently favourable comments seen about this Dell model persuaded me. After a month of use I couldn't be more pleased.
I retained a 19" almost-square Acer monitor and added the Dell for a dual set-up, and it's given me the best of all worlds. I couldn't watch widescreen media properly and wanted to - square screens not good for this - but the PC's a busy work tool as well, and I wasn't overkeen on the usual 16:9 widescreen ratio, as screen-height was "thin" and not ideal for various applications used or productivity. This 16:10 Dell offers the extra real estate height-wise when needed for work stuff, and for seeing more page-depth online than a 16:9, but it's great for widescreen media as well. I still use the older Acer for most of the work, but now in the Dell can have the browser visible for research etc as I go along, do some work in it when it's better suited - very wide spreadsheets for instance - plus watch films/DVDs/live TV properly and various other things.
Having odd-shaped/sized monitors wouldn't be to everyone's taste in a dual set-up, but it's perfect for what I do. Being able to take the Dell down to its lowest position with the stand adjustment means in physical height the two are almost an exact match, and the mouse moves smoothly between the two with screen resolution for both set the same. I really like the Dell's non-reflective screen, but found the out-of-the-box brightness setting rather too much so turned it down. It's robust and solid - the stand's built like a tank - and some might find it a bit utilitarian-looking overall, but I don't mind it looking business-like at all. A very good buy indeed.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2013
It's a great value monitor. Wanderful colors and most notably is 16:10 which is a black swan in those days where the monitor market is plagued by those terrible cinema screens. I wander why general consumers doesn't just buy a tv + xbox instead of ruining the pc world. Anyway that said ofc this dell is not a perfect monitor. Be warned that there are eveident backlight bleedings in almost each one of those guys (just google it). Mine is no exception. Fortunately for me it's acceptable. Maybe a little more that what I wanted on the bottom left angle, but not enough to bother for getting a replacement. Also because frequently this results in obtaining an even worse screen. So... look at you wallet. If you are on a budget I'd say this one is your guy. But if money is not a concern just go on something more expensive and more qualitative because this screen is far from perfect. Your call.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2015
I was working from home this week and, for the second time, one of my two screens at the physical office, went offline. I informed Tech Services and about half an hour later, via GoToMyPC, I realised I now had two new screens! Tehy didn't fit on my home office setup though. Anyway, I got into the physical office next day to fnd two U2412M taking up 3/4 of my desk, and trust me it's a big desk.
They are excellent although I have to say in a dual screen environment it takes a bit of working out where best to position them. They upgraded all 8 of us at the same time to these beasties. Some people prefer to sit central, along the "join" between the two. I prefer one directly in front of me and the other to the side at an angle.
Physically you can take a piece of A4 paper and hold it against the screen. Vertically the visible area is about an inch taller than the paper. This means your taskbar cuts off nothing at all. This is brilliant for me as I write software that produces reports, I've always wanted to be able to have 2 A4 pages next to each other in portrait.
I think this monitor is so good I bought one myself and it is being delivered tomorrow! Battlefield Hardline, Friday night, crisp new monitor, few tinnies, what's not to like eh? Seriously buy one! Incidentally, the blooming price went down from £191 to £188 since last night!