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Dell UltraSharp U2212HM IPS-Panel Black 21.5
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Pros: LED backlight turns on quickly, stand is well made and highly adjustable

Cons: My current monitor is a 4-5 year old Samsung TN panel, nothing special. The product description and reviews (both on Newegg and from other sources) had me convinced this would be a considerable upgrade over my Samsung. Once setup and adjusted, I compared it side by side and to my great disappointment I saw very little if any improvement over my current monitor. Viewing angles were the biggest letdown, I saw at best a slight improvement over my Samsung. When rotating the display into portrait mode, even at a distance of over 3 feet, brightness and contrast (as well as color) shifts were evident at the top and bottom of the screen. I expected contrast levels to be a noticeable improvement as well but again, I saw very little if any difference between the two monitors. IPS panels (even budget panels) are touted for their superior color, both in accuracy and vibrancy, but again this monitor didn't meet those criteria. It works and obviously based on all the positive reviews, many people are happy with it, but if you're picky or looking for an upgrade over a decent TN panel, I suggest looking elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: I ordered from Newegg and returned this monitor a few days later, not sure whether I can find a reasonably priced upgrade for my Samsung. Manufacturers don't care much about the PC market these days so finding good quality displays can be quite difficult, its a shame that most people have better displays on their smartphones than they do on their laptops and/or desktops.


Jarrod M.'s Profile

Display Name: Jarrod M.

Date Joined: 12/26/08

  • Reviews: 1
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 05/06/13
  • Last Review: 05/06/13
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