Dell UltraSharp U2412M review

16 Jul 2012

Dell hits the spot with an old-school 1,920 x 1,200 display that delivers superb image quality, great build and oodles of features

Price when reviewed: 
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5

The U2412M is one of a dying breed. With most PC monitors adopting the 16:9 aspect ratio and Full HD resolution, this Dell’s 24in IPS panel perseveres with the old- school 16:10 ratio to give an extra 120 pixels of vertical resolution.

That 1,920 x 1,200 resolution may not sound like a big deal, but the difference is tangible in use. Those extra pixels extend the screen by roughly the height of the Windows taskbar – a good inch or so. It’s enough to make the desktop feel more spacious, and particularly so in portrait mode, where the U2412M feels far less cramped than its 16:9 competitors.

Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Dell hasn’t compromised on quality, either. The IPS panel is lit by an LED backlight, and there isn’t a hint of bleed or any sign of unevenness across the 24in diagonal. That backlight is capable of scorching brightness if required, too – we measured it at a maximum of 356cd/m[sup]2[/sup].

Image quality gives little cause for complaint. The overall colour accuracy is lower than we may have hoped – an average Delta E of 3 isn’t outstanding – but our tests revealed few visual nasties. The high contrast ratio of 1,023:1 sees the U2412M pulling out detail in everything from the brightest onscreen elements to the murkiest of shadows, and gamma and colour temperature measure almost perfectly.

Dell UltraSharp U2412M - side profile

There’s barely anything to criticise. It takes only a single hand to adjust the Dell’s excellent stand, which tilts, swivels and rotates around into a portrait position, and an oval cutout in the stand’s rear neatly clusters cables together. D-SUB, DVI and DisplayPort inputs are all present, and an integrated four-port USB hub provides two rear-facing USB 2 ports and a further two on the monitor’s left-hand edge. Even the Dell’s onscreen display is a cut above, providing simple and quick access to all the monitor’s features and image presets.

Dell has put together a fantastic package with the UltraSharp U2412M. It’s a little pricier than some, but with great build and image quality, this 24in monitor is well worth shelling out the extra for.

Details

Price ex VAT £188
Price inc VAT £226
Overall rating 6
Image quality 6
Features & Design 6
Value for Money 5

Main specifications

Screen size 24.0in
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1920 x 1200
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 8ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 2,000,000:1
Horizontal viewing angle 178 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 178 degrees
Speaker type none
Speaker power ouput N/A
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 1
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 1
USB ports (downstream) 4
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output no
Other audio connectors none

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied DisplayPort, VGA
Internal power supply yes

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes

Ergonomics

Height adjustment 115mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? yes

Dimensions

Dimensions 556 x 180 x 514mm (WDH)

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