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Dell UltraSharp U2312HM review

Verdict

With superb image quality, excellent build and a great warranty, Dell’s UltraSharp U2312HM is as good as sub-£200 monitors get

Review Date: 11 Jul 2012

Reviewed By: Sasha Muller

Price when reviewed: £142 (£170 inc VAT)

Buy it now for: £159
(see more store prices)

Overall Rating
6 stars out of 6

Features & Design
6 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Image Quality
6 stars out of 6

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UtraSharp monitors are no stranger to PC Pro, but Dell has taken its 23in model back to the drawing board for 2012. Swapping the CCFL backlighting of its predecessor for more power-efficient LED technology, the U2312HM has an IPS panel and a smart, adjustable stand for less than £200.

Compared to most displays at this price, the U2312HM is smart and attractive. The stark, square lines of last year’s model have softened into a more elegant, curved figure; the combination of black and silver making for a monitor that looks every penny of the asking price.

Dell UltraSharp U2312HM - side

It has some welcome practical touches, too. It takes only one hand to adjust the stand height or swivel it from side to side, and it’s possible to pivot the screen into a portrait orientation. The stand holds the monitor stable, with none of the wobble of cheaper models, and an oval cutout makes it easy to route cables behind.

Around the back, there are plenty of connectivity options: D-SUB, DVI and DisplayPort are all present, and the four-port USB 2 hub is split between two ports at the rear and two on the panel’s left edge. The only thing missing is a set of internal speakers.

As you’d expect with its IPS panel, Dell’s U2312HM delivers a luscious image. The LED backlight pushes the maximum brightness to 352cd/m2, and there’s no serious backlight leakage. A slight halo of light peeks in from both edges under close inspection in a dark room, but it isn’t enough to impact on day-to-day performance. More importantly, the backlighting is even across the panel.

Dell UltraSharp U2312HM - front

The Dell breezed confidently through our tests. Colour accuracy is up with the best models here and, combined with the high-quality backlight, the U2312HM gave a sterling performance with all of our test images and clips. The 926:1 contrast ratio means there’s plenty of detail in darker scenes, and the average Delta E of 2.7, while not the best in the group, enabled the Dell to deliver vibrant colours and natural skin tones. If there’s a weakness, it’s that the panel’s 6,152K colour temperature is warmer than the 6,500K ideal – a trait that lends images a rosy tint – but it’s a minor criticism.

Should power consumption be a concern, the U2312HM’s LED backlight is more frugal than the other IPS monitors here. We measured the maximum power draw at 32W, and dropping the brightness to a more sensible everyday level of 120cd/m2 saw that figure halved to 16W.

While Dell’s website lists the U2312HM for £238 inc VAT, several online retailers sell it for considerably less. Even at that higher price this monitor would be worthy of recommendation, but for less than £200 we’d snap it up in a flash. With top performance and the reassurance of a three-year on-site warranty, Dell’s UltraSharp U2312HM strides straight onto the A-List.

Author: Sasha Muller

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User comments

so close

I've been thinking about pulling the trigger for a U2412M for so long, and now am waiting for this years model to come out.

If its 19:9 brother fares this well, i'd love to know what you think of the 2412.

By khellan on 11 Jul 2012

Warranty claim

The 3 year manufacturer warranty is only available when bought direct from Dell store. Otherwise the seller has to honour the warranty.

By curiousclive on 13 Jul 2012

@khellan

The U2412 I have is brilliant and at 16:10 format gives much more of a page without scrolling.Also circles are actual circles unlike most wide screen monitors.

By curiousclive on 13 Jul 2012

@khellan

here is a link to Dells site if you want to look

http://search.euro.dell.com/results.aspx?s=dhs&c=u
k&l=en&cs=ukdhs1&k=U2412M&cat=all

By curiousclive on 13 Jul 2012

ask and ye shall receive

thanks Clive and @pcpro!

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/monitors/375823/del
l-ultrasharp-u2412m

By khellan on 17 Jul 2012

ask and ye shall receive

thanks Clive and @pcpro!

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/monitors/375823/del
l-ultrasharp-u2412m

By khellan on 17 Jul 2012

Up goes the price....

I was wondering about buying this, and went to Dells site to find that the price has increased to a whopping £209 ex vat and delivery.

By SteveCrook on 9 Aug 2012

Pricing

@SteveCrook

The pricing is from Amazon, where it's currently retailing at £178 inc VAT.

Kind regards,
Sasha Muller
PC Pro

By SashaMuller on 9 Aug 2012

Pricing#2

@SashaMuller

Well, I must admit that given Dells line of business, it never occurred to me that they'd be undercut on their own goods by Amazon...

Many thanks

By SteveCrook on 10 Aug 2012

Mountable

Planning on buying 3 screens soon so id like to know: A) are these screens able to be mounted on a tri-stand and b) are these the most up to date modle available atm? or would you have a better choise for a multi screen setup?

By Steve_Mac on 7 Jun 2013

Still The Best?

15 months on, is this still the best monitor in its class?

Looking to buy 6 for an office upgrade, for general office use - is this the best option, or are there others I should look at?

Current price is about £155 on Amazon and I don't really want to spend much / any more.

Thanks

By Calculator on 25 Sep 2013

Still The Best?

15 months on, is this still the best monitor in its class?

Looking to buy 6 for an office upgrade, for general office use - is this the best option, or are there others I should look at?

Current price is about £155 on Amazon and I don't really want to spend much / any more.

Thanks

By Calculator on 25 Sep 2013

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