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First and foremost is that as far as electronics go, they’re not that exciting, and people don’t get very excited about them. But of course, not all displays are created equal, and after poring over a handful of enthusiast sites and heaps of user reviews on forums and online retailers, one brand reliably pops up as a producer of solid displays with great performance at an affordable price. Ready for this?
Yep, the same Dell that made the laptop you owned and didn’t particularly love in 2004. On FlatPanelsHD.com, a site that meticulously calibrates and reviews monitors and TVs, Dell’s UltraSharp line of panels routinely get ratings of “Highly Recommended” and crop up as leaders in all three of the site’s categories: Gaming monitors, Graphics monitors, and Office Monitors. Dell UltraSharps top CNET’s leader boards in both the 24″ and 27″ monitor categories, with overall ratings of Excellent and Outstanding, respectively. Again and again, Dell’s monitors are cited as those that deliver the best picture for your buck. Ok then!
Though Dell’s UltraSharp line includes eight monitors, ranging in size from 20.5″ to a whopping 30″, the 24″ U2412M is our overall pick. Why? First because 24″ is just a nice size for an external monitor–big enough for leaning back in your chair and enjoying a movie, say, or immersing yourself in a PC game, though not so big that it’ll overwhelm your workspace–but also because 24″ is the sweet spot for price. More on that later.
By nearly all accounts, Dell’s UltraSharp monitors look very, very good. And they’re IPS panels, meaning they’ll look great from any angle. They’ve got a nice sturdy build, and the displays can be positioned just so, with adjustable height, tilt, swivel and pivot. That might not seem like anything special, but imagine how frustrating using your laptop would be if you couldn’t tilt the screen back to any angle you wanted, depending on how and where you were sitting. The U2412M’s flexibility means that it’ll always be beaming right at you, no matter where it is on your desk or how high you like your rolly-chair raised. You can even turn the display vertically, say if you’re dealing with PDFs or editing photos in portrait orientation. The U2412M, unlike some of the other recent additions to the UltraSharp line, has a widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. It’s LED backlit, it’s got DisplayPort and DVI connections, and as a bonus you get four USB ports for plugging in whatever keyboards or meeces you might use.
But what really makes Dell’s UltraSharp displays standout is their price. They’re cheap. Really cheap. The U2412M can be had for just on Amazon. Let’s take a moment to compare that to FlatPanelHD’s other “Highly Recommended” 24 inch models. Professional-grade monitors like the Eizo CG243W and NEC PA241W?, respectively. A more evenly matched competitor, like HP’s LP2475W IPS monitor?. You could build yourself a Dell command center with the money it’d take to pay for just one of those other displays. The bigger Dell displays get significantly” model, and for the 27″–so getting the 24″ for just over three hundred bones is really a steal.
And then there’s always Apple’s lust-worthy Cinema Displays to consider–a monitor people do occasionally get excited about–but here, even moreso than with other Apple products, you’re largely paying for good design. The latest iteration of the ACD, the 27″ Thunderbolt display, costs a cool and comes with Mac niceties like a built-in MagSafe connector, FaceTime camera, and, of course, a super fast Thunderbolt connection, though the display itself isn’t a slam dunk over our third-of-the-price Dell by any means. Same colors (16.7 million), same contrast ratio (1000:1), and only slightly better brightness (375 cd/m 2 to the Dell’s 300 cd/m2). Frankly, it’s not worth it for most unless you’re thinking about the 27″ dell and are an Apple nut.
Naggles? There are a few. Some people find the anti-glare coating used on the UltraSharp line, among other IPS displays, a bit distracting (though most reviewers don’t mind it). And to cut costs, the U2412M is missing a few features from its older brother model, the Dell UltraSharp U2410, namely an HDMI port, card reader, and slightly expanded color palette. Dell’s still making the U2410 available as a step-up display from the U2412M more than our pick–but unless you’re doing professional design or photo work, you probably won’t miss the extra colors.