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Dell UltraSharp U2414H Black 23.8
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: When properly calibrated, this display has very good color reproduction and dynamic range - 100% sRGB color space, and roughly 84% of the Adobe color space. If you do photo editing or graphics work for the web, this display will fit your needs. People who regularly make prints might want to consider spending the extra cash on a display that covers most of the Adobe color space. If you only print occasionally or aren't bothered by very minor differences between what you see on screen and what comes out of your printer (though, there are ways of calibrating both to match), save your money and buy this monitor.

As one should expect from an IPS display, off-axis viewing angles are exceptional. I appreciate the plethora of DisplayPort and HDMI inputs - no clunky DVI or VGA ports here. The bezel around the top and sides is quite thin, and it constantly reminds me how ugly the bezel was on my previous display. Though it's a minor positive item, I like the placement of the white power light on the underside of the bottom bezel. When working in low light, it's not as distracting as it would be if it were on the front.

Cons: What frustrates me the most about this display is the flat capacitive menu input on the bottom bezel. I have perfect vision, and I constantly misjudge where the power and menu 'buttons' are in less than optimal light. The printing for the menu inputs is low contrast - dark gray against matte black (if you check the product images above, you'll understand what I'm getting at). There are no raised points or icons, so you can't really do anything by feel. The OSD menus are fine, once actuated, but operating the buttons to do anything is annoying.

Another minor complaint that I have is the pivot for the base to provide swiveling is a little stiff. More often, I find that I'm moving the stand when I swivel the display left or right.

Other Thoughts: Obviously, the few cons I have with this display are not enough to mar my otherwise great experience. I use this monitor for work with Lightroom for outputting photos to the web, and I calibrate my displays with a Datacolor Spyder 4. In terms of sRGB color accuracy and overall image quality, there is little to complain about, so long as you're willing to go through the effort to calibrate this monitor. People looking for Adobe color accuracy might want to look at more professional offerings available.

I can't really speak to performance beyond what I primarily use this monitor for, so please look to other reviews for comments on how it behaves when gaming or watching movies (I generally only watch the occasional YouTube video, which always look horrid in full-screen due to compression). I also can't speak to using this monitor when daisy-chained to another monitor - though it looks like all one needs to do is read the manual to make that work and not hook it up to a Surface Pro 3. (Why anyone would do that is beyond me, anyway.)

The only previous complaint that I can give credence to is the slightly non-uniform backlighting across the screen. This appears to be an issue across most large LED displays, regardless of their origins. Even though I mapped the hot/cold spots on my monitor, just to know where they were, the difference overall wasn't great enough to warrant a mention as a con. Most CRT displays weren't perfect in this respect, either, so the fact that it's still an ongoing issue with LCD panels is nothing new to me.

Again, overall, this is a fantastic monitor, and certainly a good value.

Crucial M4 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Purchased two of these directly from Crucial (unfortunately, I could not use business funds to buy them from NewEgg), one for a brand-new Lenovo T420s and one for a mid-2008 MacBook Pro 15". As a note, the 7mm drives are necessary for the Lenovo thin-n-lite products because the regular 9mm drives do not fit. Read, write, boot, and shutdown times are significantly better than the stock hard drives, as expected.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: To assuage the previous user who complained about how speed was not what was expected: a.) The SATA 6Gbps connectors riding on AMD 890FX/GX chipsets are slower than those that connect to Intel chipsets (something I've seen tested and replicated often), and b.) What manufacturer do you know that produces an SSD that actually hits all lofty, best-case-scenario, hardly-been-used drive speeds under real world conditions?

I'm not saying that anyone should lower their expectations; rather, people should be realistic and take any manufacturer's claims with a healthy dose of salt.

NEC Display MultiSync E231W-BK Black 23” Widescreen TN Panel, LED Backlight LCD Monitor 5ms 250cd/m2, Display Port, Height Adjust, Pivot, Tilt & Swivel, ECO Mode function – Carbon Footprint Meter, 3 Y
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: •Bright, sharp image - No problem reproducing text, haven't detected a hint of ghosting or smearing while playing movies or games.

•One of the few LED displays with height, tilt, swivel, and rotation adjustment - Not sure why more manufacturers don't do the same. The stand is fairly solid, and it uses a VESA 100m mount if you want to change it out for something else.

•Has all the benefits of LED - My energy consumption went down 10 watts after replacing my 4 year old 22" display. Powers on in only a few seconds and doesn't require time to 'warm up' to full brightness. Not nearly as warm over long durations of time.

•DisplayPort for the win - Works well with my Mac mini and a Mini DP to DP cable. I'm glad NEC didn't cheap out and go with an HDMI connector.

•Has auto-brightness adjustment and single-button Eco-mode - If you're into that sort of thing...

Cons: •It's a TN panel - Thought I'd put any debate to bed since NEC doesn't publish this information. You can move about 30° off axis horizontally without seeing color distortion. Vertical is less than 10°. Forget color accuracy if you rotate this into portrait mode.

•Native color leans towards blue - You can adjust the other color settings to compensate, but the blue tinge never goes away completely. Mostly evident when looking at white backgrounds.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this mostly for the power savings over my older display, the ergonomic adjustability, and the DisplayPort connector. While I wish this had an IPS panel, I can't really complain since the E231w costs significantly less than 23" IPS displays that would require a few trade offs on what I consider to be more important. I purchased this for home use, not for photography or art. If you're looking for color accuracy, keep looking. If you're looking for an adjustable LED display with full adjustability and a good set of connectors, and you're willing to forego a little color accuracy, this should be in your shopping cart.


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Display Name: Michael H.

Date Joined: 08/14/03

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  • First Review: 08/28/10
  • Last Review: 04/21/15
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