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on December 27, 2013
The monitor feels like it is built nicely. It doesn't weigh much but I don't see that as a negative.
According to the specs the monitor looks very good on power usage, 20 to 30 watts depending on what is on the screen and brightness settings.
The stand is easy to assemble and attach. You don't get height or pivot adjustments (just tilt) but I didn't expect to get height adjustment and pivot adjustment in a cheap monitor.
There are power, DVI-D and VGA connectors to use. Dell must be sitting on a pile of VGA cables that they want to get rid of because that is all they threw in the box for connecting to a PC. I can't even remember the last video card that I got that had a VGA port. You'd think they'd leave the VGA cable out and have that as an option in a different package. So no major problems so far, I already had a DVI cable.
Where things fall apart for me is actually looking at this thing. I expected poor viewing angles from a cheap TN panel but what kills it for me is that I see dithering out the wazoo. I don't recall any other TN panels that I have had in the past looking this bad. Borders between objects are all dotted up, text looks bad, and everything is just generally rough looking.
I gave the monitor to my kid as a Christmas present because he had a 19" 4:3 monitor and he doesn't know enough yet to see these things. It appears to be fine for him to play games on. Once he gets older and we get him a real monitor he will appreciate it more because I am sure he will see the difference immediately.
Overall not worth more than the $99 I paid for it and you'd do well to avoid this if you care about image quality in any way.
Edit: I was messing around with the monitor setting some more and found that the "Image Enhance" setting was on, by default I am guessing, I don't remember turning it on. I turned it off and things look a bit better. I am bumping my rating from 2 to 3 stars.