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Dell UltraSharp U2412M review


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

Review Date: 16 Jul 2012

Reviewed By: Sasha Muller

Price when reviewed: £188 (£226 inc VAT)

Buy it now for: £214
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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

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/m2.

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.

Author: Sasha Muller

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User comments

Best Monitor I have ever had.

This is a brilliant monitor. The 16:10 aspect ratio really does make reading web pages much easier and will display HD very clearly with just a small border tp and bottom (hardly noticeable. If can afford ti I fully recommend this one.

By curiousclive on 16 Jul 2012

So am I daft

In waiting for this years' model, since its been about a year since this was released?

As far as I can see, the only thing that's missing in the spec lineup is HDMI, but I don't know of any monitors that have both, and I can always get an HDMI/DisplayPort adaptor. Its not a deal-breaker by any means...

By khellan on 17 Jul 2012

Are you daft?

Possibly, the U2410 (the Premier Color version of this monitor) has been out since 2009. An updated version of that I wouldn't mind!
Oh and it has HDMI.

There's a review here:

By profish on 19 Jul 2012

5 Stars for Image Quality?

How come you can give it 5 Stars when in your own words you say:
The overall colour accuracy is lower than we may have hoped – an average Delta E of 3 isn’t outstanding.
In fact not 5 Stars at all!

By neilc49 on 19 Jul 2012


I would give it 6 stars if I could as the image quality in real life not meaningless figures is brilliant. and better than my previous Dell 22" monitor

By curiousclive on 19 Jul 2012

Nice Monitor!

Great Review, This Monitor is one of the good monitor nowadays specially for people who are fund of playing games, because Dell Ultrasharps are Really designed for gaming. keep on posting!

By mark2012 on 25 Oct 2012

AG Coating

I think it's worth mentioning that this monitor has a very aggressive anti-glare coating that blurs / obscures the image a little too much for some people. I ordered one of these but promptly returned it when I saw the effects of the coating.

By Tom85 on 25 Apr 2013

I have not even noticed the AG Coating and believe it does not obscure the image anywhere near as much as a gloss finish would in normal lighting.

By curiousclive on 5 Nov 2013

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