on 31 December 2014
As anybody can tell from the price that this unit is being sold for, it is not a device that would satisfy anyone requiring anything more than a very basic audio system. However with that point made, this small unit is a simple, but in my opinion a much better sounding, alternative to the inbuilt speakers found inside most small TV's and PC monitors - it doesn't pretend to be any thing else.
Dell have hit the mark with this unit being extremely simple to install and powered from the monitor itself, there is only one flying cable that connects into the PC audio out jack - and off you go. Sound quality for a unit this size is more than adequate for chat applications, listening to YouTube dialogue/music and for listening to any other audio media as long as you're not too critical.
The two 3.5mm headphone sockets and the off / on / volume control are in easy-to-get-to locations at each end of the unit and although some people complain in their reviews about the white led strip which iindicates that the unit is 'active' - I personally find it quite decorative.
If there is a negative criticism to make, and it Is a fairly minor one, it would be nice to have the ability to also disconnect this audio cable at the soundbar itself (since it is wired directly into the unit) so moving the monitor around at a later date wouldn't require me to scrabble around the back of my tower unit to locate and pull out the jack plug. But I'm just being extremely picky here.
For the price and performance - and even the neat looks of the device, this was money well spent.
Well done Dell !!
on 29 May 2015
Fast dispatch - item arrived bang in the middle of the estimated delivery period 12-14 May 2015.
Fitted to P2210 monitor with minimal fuss and the DC power socket on the base of the monitor means that there is only a single cable running to the PC sound card - even though the P2210 isn't listed as compatible as it isn't an Ultrasharp monitor. You need to check that there is a 12V dc power socket under the bottom edge of the monitor and that it has two locating clips on the rear of the monitor at the bottom (spaced approx 12cm apart). If your monitor has these, it is likely this soundbar will fit (see bottom of this review for a full list of compatible monitors taken off the euro.Dell.com website).
Soundbar fits underneath the monitor and (a) looks classy, (b) saves desktop real estate and (c) has easily accessible controls and sockets.
Sound is pretty decent too. OK - it lacks in bass (it's not a piece of HiFi) but what do you expect for a slim-line computer speaker?
For me, the benefits of just one cable (rather than 2 or 3 or more that other speakers would require) and the fact that it attaches to the monitor itself - meaning it is unobtrusive and doesn't take up extra space on the desk - outweigh the lack of bass mentioned above. Another benefit is the easily accessible on/off volume control on the rhs and two headphone jacks on the lhs of the unit.
What I don't like is the bright white LED strip (behind the speaker grille) that illuminates when the speakers are on - what is wrong with a simple red (or nowadays, fashionable blue) to indicate that the unit is powered. That said, it is a minor gripe.
Full list of compatible monitors (UltraSharp and Professional Series Flat Panel Displays)
Dell 1708FPf, 1908FPt, 1909W, 1909Wf, P170S, P170St, P190S, P2010H, P2210, P2210H, P2210T, P2310H, P2311H, SE198WFP, SP1908FP, SP2009W, SP2208WFP
Dell Professional 1909W, P170S, P190S, P2010H, P2210, P2210 AIO, P2210 PLHD, P2210H, P2211H, P2310H, P2311H, P2311HM
Dell UltraSharp 1707FPV, 1708FP, 1708FP-BLK, 1708FPt, 1907FPV, 1907FPVt, 1908FP, 1908FP HAS, 1908FPC, 1908FPT, 1908WFP, 1908WFPt, 1909W, 1909W AIO USFF, 1909W All-In-One, 1909W SFF AIO, 1909Wb, 1909Wf, 2007FP, 2007WFP, 2009W, 2009WFP, 2208WFP, 2208WFP AIO SFF, 2209WA, 2407WFP, 2407WFP-HC, 2408WFP, 2707WFP, 2709W, 3007WFP, 3007WFP-HC, 3008WFP, 3008WFP Superview, U2410
Hope this helps,
on 26 September 2014
First, and most importantly - the sound quality. It is NOT top-tier, but if you're looking for that, you'd be looking at dedicated speakers anyway. I personally use these for casual gaming and listening to music, and while I can't hear the artists take breaths between lyrics, it's certainly good enough for everyday use.
Now, with a model U2412M monitor (I can't vouch for any other models), no additional products are needed to run this thing. It comes with a power cable (which is short, and draws power directly from your monitor) and an audio cable (longer, and runs into your audio source - i.e. the green sound slot on your computer).
The product is larger than the image would suggest - it spans about 2/3 of a 24" monitor (width-wise), and it extends about an inch underneath the monitor bezel, so bear that in mind if you prefer keeping your monitor lower to the desk.
All in all, these have replaced my old speakers, and my desk looks a lot neater now. If you're looking for top-notch audio quality, though, I would certainly advise looking elsewhere.