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Pros: We have half a dozen of these monitors in our office. Newegg's latest price reduction spurred another buy. We are a photography shop, and use these panels as second or third displays for holding palette panels, open documents, etc. The U2412M is getting to be old and is being replaced by the U2415. Expect more screaming deals as the U2412M is phased out.
The U2412M offers excellent viewing angles and color fidelity (after calibration). Black levels are very low, giving superb contrast at useable brightness levels. Five of the displays we own (including the one purchased last week) show very little backlight bleed. The sixth is worse, but still at a comparable level to similarly priced monitors from HP or NEC.
The aspect ratio of the display is 16:10 rather than the more popular 16:9. This gives more useable desktop area for actual work. Unless you use your monitor mostly for watching videos, this is a good thing.
If you use a hardware-based monitor calibration tool, the U2412M supports DDC calibration. All adjustments are carried out automatically in the monitor itself, minimizing banding and other visual artifacts.
Lag is middle of the pack. This likely reflects the age of the design. Lag performance was very good by 2011 standards, not so great in 2015.
Finally, the adjustability of the U2412M is very good with the exception of not going high enough for taller people.
Cons: Out-of-box color and gamma calibration are all over the place. As mentioned above, this isn't an issue if you have a monitor calibration tool available.
The panel in the U2412M is a 6-bit one rather than 8-bits as are found on better quality displays. This leads to some visually jarring transitions if you are editing pictures or videos. This is the main reason that none of our 2412M displays are used for actual editing. Compounding this issue is that backlight uniformity is not a strength of the U2412M. Luminance varies significantly across the screen.
As other reviewers mention, there is no HDMI port. If you have a free DVI or DisplayPort outlet on your video card, this isn't a real problem.
The stand provides excellent adjustment except if you are tall enough to want the screen fairly high off your desk. The maximum height is on the short side.
Overall Review: Even at four years after it was introduced, the U2412M remains an excellent overall performer in its price range. It is a comfortable screen to work with. Color accuracy and useable contrast are good, and viewing angles excellent. A 1920x1200 resolution is superior to the 1920x1080 usually found with similarly priced monitors.
You can find sub-$250 monitors that outperform the Dell U2412M in any single area. Besting the combination of features requires more cash.
I would not recommend using the U2412M for critical photo or video editing unless you are on a student budget.
Pros: Great colors, better than my old 20" TN by far. Probably not as good as more expensive IPS's, but those are pricer and come at a cost of response time.
Very very good viewing angle uniformity with colors. Vibrant images pop and will look consistant across the whole image (no slight washouts at edges depending on your viewing angle or FoV).
16:10 aspect ratio makes this monitor feel giant, and is great for working on compaired to 16:9
Stand build quality is pretty good, and the aesthetics overall are very sleek and feel like they are quality.
It has a power-usage meter, and the menu system isn't a pain to work with.
8MS response time means for games it moves identical to my old TN panel I had. In other words, I don't have any ghosting issues at all, or notice the 3-4ms higher response. As such, great for games unlike most "full" IPS monitors.
Lit scenes and vibrant images have pretty great contrast. About on par with a quality TN brand.
Cons: There is one major fault with this monitor however, and why I docked it a point.
On primarily dark scenes or with black+white, viewing angles on blacks are absolutely terrible. IPS monitors have an effect that is seldom mentioned by reviews: they produce a mirror-like black sheen caused by how the backlight interacts with dark areas.
This isn't noticable at all on most scenes, and the only time you might notice it at all is when windows first powers on with a black screen. But if you are viewing a dark scene or are working with a lot of black areas that don't have lots of light/color involved, it is very apparent.
Essentually, the effect is this: dark areas when viewed directly look fine (about as fine as you can get with a backlit monitor of course). However dark areas at slight angles to your FoV will dramatically lose contrast and become washed out (which is opposite of what happens with lit, colorful images on this monitor). (CONTINUED BELOW)
Overall Review: So, if you use this monitor at 2' and are playing a game that is very dark, when positioned straight at the monitor your corners and edges will lose almost all contrast, making it hard to distinguish a sword from the background (for example).
This isn't a game breaker, and the monitor still looks miles better than my old TN, but I feel like this is an important detail everybody seems to leave out. Look it up - IPS monitors have this drawback. Contrast and blacks look great on normal/lit scenes at any viewing angle, but with dark scenes you lose almost all contrast if the viewing angle is just a few degrees off (which WILL be noticable somwhere on the screen if you sit close to the monitor). Now if there is a lit area in a dark scene (i.e. a torch) the torch will still appear as vibrant as ever - this only applies to areas in the picture that predominatly are dark.
Pros: Great gaming performance
1920x1200 (I know its in the specs, but 16:10 monitors are getting hard to find)
TN Panel performance out of a IPS Panel (8ms response time, sub 10ms input lag, which is delay from mouse click to monitor response, this can be a problem on some IPS monitors)
excellent viewing angles (no color shift on the edges)
good stand with tilt, swivel, etc (should proably go without saying but my last samsung had a horrble stand)
Good controls. Like most LCD monitors the default brightness was waaaay to high. this one scaled down nicely.
no backlight bleed :)
no dead pixels :)
Cons: price (a little more than I wanted to spend but you definately get what you pay for with this monitor)
Overall Review: Normally I would select a TN panel for gaming due to faster response time and lower input lag, but I worried about viewing angles and color shift in the corners on such a large monitor. I ended up going with IPS, and it was a great decision, this monitor has amazing performance and color I highly recommend it.
Pros: Excellent build quality
A lot of picture tweaking options
Awesome height/tilt adjustment range
Dim, non-intrusive standby light
Rock solid base
Cons: None. Gamers will look at the single-sided spec of "response time" (8ms) and claim that's too high. How did these guys ever game five years ago??
What they forget about is input lag, and in a recent review of this monitor, it blew away the two "faster" TN panels it was up against- negating the slower response time. I have gamed on this monitor and everything looks awesome. And bigger. And sharper. And with way better color.
Let's clear up the misconception about HDMI inputs: the only difference between HDMI and DVI is sound. HDMI can carry sound; DVI can't. This monitor has no speakers, so it's not needed.
People whining about no HDMI are those who want to hook up other sources to their monitor (ie XBOX). What they fail to mention is that $5 adapters are available with zero signal loss.
I'm glad Dell omitted this jack- I'll never use it and it keeps costs down for all of us. Rest assured, even the latest $1000 video cards use DVI, not HDMI. Stop confusing people, gamers!
Overall Review: I originally ordered a sub $200 TN monitor, thinking that newer technology would surely blow away my 5 year old monitor, but it was actually worse in terms of color depth, black levels and overall "pleasantness" to look at. Text was awful.
I purposely waited return it until this Dell arrived and I could see them side by side for a day. WOW- the difference was dramatic, and I was finally able to be excited about a new monitor. The U2412M made the other "HD" 16:9 monitor look positively washed out (I set both monitors to the exact same video settings). Even with the TN monitor tweaked to the max, it got beat by the Dell right out of the box.
Not only did the Dell have superior color and black levels, it was actually sharper, too. Small txt and details were noticeably clearer, and somehow the picture just had a better depth of field. It was more like looking through a window vs looking at a picture.
The 16:10 ratio is awesome- definitely looks larger vs 16:9.
Pros: I speak spanish, so I may have errors.
I wanted to make this review because when I bought this monitor I was worried about the reviews than comments about the antiglare screen making the screen look a little dirty even if is is less than others models. Well, the true is than I'm very "picky" about this kind of problems and even if I put my eyes close to the screen with a white screen I swear I cannot see none of that (maybe my last screen was to dirty, hehe). I don't see any of it, I bought mine in november 2011.
- The colors are impressive, I have took hours in from of my tvs calibrating them but I don't see any problem with the colors of this monitor even when defaults settings. The photos on this screen, the high definition ones looks incredible, almost like if they were real. If you are a gamer to put an example looking at Liara T'Soni from mass effect blue skin and eyes in this monitor is beautiful, truly.
I will continue on conclusions the pros
Cons: - You need to play a lot with the brigthness and contrass because the monitor is to bright and have to much contrast, at least for me.
- Now, the worst, maybe I got a lemon but the screen on the right side is a little more blue, like 10%, I have only notice that when I read a page than the text goes from one side to the other, other than that I don't notice it, and as I said I'm very picky about this kind of details. This is not a problem for me since I'm to happy with the monitor but I'm looking with dell about this. There are comments on the internet about this and other models having this problem, don't know if it is general problem.
Overall Review: Pros (continued):
- The blacks are for all intents, perfects, that but on the right side than have a little glow. Other than that the perfection of the blacks helps the great colors to make the photos looks alive.
- The stand is what I would call, ergonosgasmic. You can put in what ever height you can think, tilt it, turn it, put it upside down, a luxury.
- For gaming. Reviews say it has an excelent response ratio, I havent tested it with a fps online but so far I haven't notice. But I can Highly recomend this monitor for gamming because of the colors, blacks, extra resolution 16:10 and more than anything because it has an excelent low level of motion blur, my last benq 24 inchs has A LOT of it, but with this things looks so much smooth. MW3 and Skyrim are highly enjoyable on this.
- Movies and youtube: Because of the colors, blacks and good motion blur movies looks better
- 16:10, you will look back for that resolution when you use it.
Do I have to say I'm pleasant with this m
Pros: I've had this monitor for a week and it performs well at every task. I use the monitor mainly for gaming, movies/TV shows, photo editing/manipulation and web browsing.
Gaming is flawless with no noticeable lag or ghosting. I play mostly FPS games.
The contrast, color and black levels are impressive and are quite an improvement over my older monitor that uses an MVA panel. If you like the deep blacks of MVA/PVA panels, this one won't disappoint.
Although this monitor uses an e-IPS 6-bit+FRC panel, the color is comparable to a more expensive 8-bit sRGB monitor. I haven't noticed any dithering or rainbow effects in games, movies or images.
Viewing angles are good but not stellar. But they are superior to any TN panel.
No stuck pixels.
Much lighter and thinner over my 24" LCD monitor that uses CCFL backlighting.
The on-screen controls are easy to navigate.
Several color presets for easy set-up. See Other Thoughts for my custom color settings.
Cons: There's some wobble with the stand and it feels a bit cheap.
No HDMI port, but you can always use an adapter. Doesn't come with a display port cable.
IPS glow can be slightly distracting, but you don't see it if you are looking at the monitor straight on.
Overall Review: There's some minor backlight leakage on the left side of the screen, but it's minimal because I use a lower brightness setting. Looking at it straight on in a very dark room, the leakage is just barely detectable. It's not something I ever notice in the dark areas of games and movies.
Panel uniformity is good. I notice no color tinting or darker/brighter areas of the screen.
I use these calibrated color settings that produce very neutral grays:
Contrast is at 75 (default) and brightness is set at 15. I use this monitor in fairly dark room, so anything much higher is too bright for me. Adjust to your own room lighting.
Mine is a rev. A01
Pros: This is a great monitor... when it works.
I previously had a Dell ultrasharp 20" monitor and decided that during my last system upgrade I would upgrade my monitor to 24". Since I was happy with the performance of my last Dell, I felt confident that I would experience the same level of performance out of another one.
I have been using this monitor for 6 months and during that time I have been gaming, editing photos, and working with 3D rendering. This monitor has performed fabulously! The color was clear and bright and the performance was as I expected, until today. (see cons below) I would have rated this monitor 5 eggs if not for my experience in trying to get warranty service on it.
Cons: Heaven forbid you should have a problem with a Dell monitor as Dell's customer support has fallen to levels even Sprint would chuckle about.
I was working with this monitor today and stepped away for about 30 minutes. When I came back the monitor was black and the power button was slowly flashing on and off.
After checking my video cards (EvGA gtx 680 ftw) and determining that the problem was indeed the monitor, I turned to the Dell troubleshooting guide.
Low and behold, this particular problem was not listed in the troubleshooting guide for the monitor so I turned to Dell Support. What a mistake.
Dell's customer support wants a service tag, but (as they tell you on their own web site) Dell monitors do not have service tags. So contacting them through the web site is useless.
Now call the 800 service number and after arguing with the automated system (that also wants a service tag and account phone number) you are finally routed to an overseas call center who also wants a service tag.
Now having no service tag, the call center personnel now want the order number, what? you ordered it from Newegg? please contact Newegg for their order number for the monitor because without a service tag, or order number they cannot do anything to help you.
What is the point in offering a 3 year parts and labor warranty on your product when your customer cannot get through your customer service system to take advantage of it?
Overall Review: I really did like Dell products and have purchased many items from them, but this experience (which is no reflection on Newegg's customer service) has soured me so much that I will NOT be purchasing items from Dell any longer. I caution any one seeking to purchase this or any other non-service tag item of Dell's that your road to Dells customer service will be a bumpy one at best.
Pros: + 1920x1200 resolution - critical for my needs
+ Excellent viewing angles
+ Quick startup
+ No dead pixels
I use my workstation primarily for Linux software development, and am still using an older 24" 1920x1200 CCFL backlight TN monitor. I bought and hooked this monitor up as a second display for more screen real estate. I'm impressed. I ran the Lagom online monitor tests and dragged the browser full-screen back and forth from the TN to this IPS display. Even though the TN screen was on DVI and this IPS on the VGA output of the video card, it did better on every test except the inversion pattern, where it had a bit more flicker, and that might just be the VGA connection. The black level test was way better (much more black detail) and the viewing angle test was no contest--IPS by a mile. Compared to the CCFL display the turn-on time of the IPS monitor is almost instantaneous, and there's almost no appreciable warm-up time. Colors are vibrant and crisp.
Cons: - Some of the menu selections are coarse (eg sharpness has only 10 steps between 0 and 100)
- The menu buttons feel great, but it would be nice if they were a bit further from the power switch (clumsy fingers == oops).
- The display is cooler (more blue) overall, probably due to the LED backlight, which took me a day or so to adjust to coming from a warmer CCFL backlight. But wow, the white on this IPS monitor is just outstanding.
- Only a subset of menu selections are available for custom programming on the top two menu keys. The one I'd most like to have (Energy Smart mode on/off) isn't one of the available choices.
Overall Review: Some other quick positive notes:
+ The top two menu keys can be user-defined as shortcuts for some menu functions, including input source select.
+ The cable-routing hole in the stand is convenient and useful - a nice touch.
+ An 'LCD conditioning' menu item removes minor burn-in, according to the manual.
+ The LED backlight puts a lot less load on my UPS, particularly when the Energy Smart setting is activated.
Both of my monitors are matte (I can't stand the reflections on glossy GTG screens), and this IPS screen's matte surface is indeed slightly more 'shimmery' than my old TN display, primarily on those crisp white backgrounds. However, if I hadn't known to look for that due to the online reviews I'd seen, I don't think I would have noticed it. It sure doesn't bother me, and I'm typing into white background terminals daily. Those reviews had me concerned, but now I don't see the issue. It seems to be a personal thing--you won't know until you try it out for yourself.