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5.0 out of 5 stars Best IPS monitor in this price range, June 7, 2012
This review is from: Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Personal Computers)
First off, please ignore all the comments about not for photography or it lacks the full color spectrum and all the complaints about the anti-glare coating. I will say right off the bat that yes you can see the coating but really only if your screen is showing pure white. It isn't as bad as most people say though. I like to call it the "Twilight Effect(tm)", it is a small rainbow shimmer that appears when your monitor is showing bright colors. It's not a strong shimmer and really only shows if you are up really close and are shifting viewing angles. However this coating does do a wonderful job at preventing any sort of reflections or shine even in super bright light which for me is a way better trade off because if you get glare it is going to be way more obvious and disruptive then a little "Twilight Effect(tm)" on your screen. If you're ever in a room with windows, in an office with bright lights, or even if you're ever mobile then glare will be far more of an issue than this shimmer will be. However if you're a graphics guy or something similar and never plan to have your monitor see the light of day in fear that it will melt under the bright sun rays (in true vampire style)then sure go get yourself one of those super shiny glass covered Apple displays.

As for all the ""Professional Photographers" that keep complaining about the color spectrum of this monitor, I must ask you why you are looking at an entry level budget IPS panel for you exactly matched color spectrum? You seriously think you are going to have a $300 monitor that will be able to display photos taken with your $3,000 lens. You're just looking in the completely wrong place with this one. You are going to have to do like you did for all that fancy Canon of Nikon gear and just bend over and take it and pay $1,000+ for a truly accurate professional level monitor. Seriously you didn't skimp out on any of your camera gear so don't skip out on your monitor either. I know there are a couple good ones around the $500 or so range but the true pro models that meet all standards are really expensive.

For all of you amateur/semi-pro photogs, this would include anyone that doesn't plan to print or intends to print at the drug store, this also includes anyone sharing your photos on a web site or saving images as jpg, png, or gifs, this means anyone that isn't shooting on a DSLR and with all the high end fancy settings options set or even if you are shooting on a DSLR but really only with your kit lens because it zooms to any focal distance you would ever dream of using, basically this means that 90% or more of users are either never going to get the chance to notice a difference or are just not going to really care enough to pay double the price for a monitor that can show more colors but no one else will see them unless you print them on a calibrated cmyk printer. As for everyone else on earth if you do happen to have gear that can work in these color ranges just remember that if you are not setting everything correctly along the entire process then it isn't going to make a difference. Or if you are going to share your digital images with basically anyone on earth then those missing spectrum colors won't matter. Not only will not show for them but it will actually mute and wash out the colors and if will look worse than ever.

If your someone who does photography as a hobby or on a small level or only digitally, if you edit your own videos or web shows, if you want something that will display way more colors while watching your dvds and blue rays and you don't want to sell a kidney to do it then this monitor is one of the best out there. If all of this same stuff applies but the 1920x1200 (16:10) isn't important to you and you are perfectly fine with 1920x1080 (16:9) then take a look at the ASUS PA Series PA238Q or the cheapest and nicest looking of the all the AOC I2353PH. They are both also very highly rated IPS panels for cheap. Just remember if you plan on doing video editing that the extra 120 lines of vertical pixels in the Dell monitor means you can view your footage full HD and still have a time scrub/ tool bar at the bottom of the screen.

Anyway before you can really make a good decision takes a little bit of time to think how you are going to use your monitor the most and then find something that fits your needs. Don't bash a monitor (really anything) because it doesn't do what you want it to do. That would be more your fault for looking in the wrong place or not spending the time to make sure it will suit your needs. If you open a box and you pick up your item and it falls apart well then that is something to complain about but deducting a star because a monitor doesn't have an HDMI port and you need an HDMI just means you did a really crappy job at reading the specifications line in the product listing. Seriously though you are obviously already online and it's not like they are hiding facts about their monitor to hope to dupe you into thinking it will have an HDMI port when it really won't (OH I can just hear the maniacal laughter now). Well anyway if you are not a professional and you want something that's still fairly high end yet still affordable then you won't be disappointed with the quality of this monitor and color of this monitor once you set it up properly.
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Initial post: Jul 4, 2012 11:47:06 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 4, 2012 11:47:21 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 7:55:51 AM PDT
Jordan Grosz says:
haha thanks

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 12:22:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 2, 2012 12:29:18 PM PDT
OH MY, I LOVE WHAT YOU SAY HERE.....

".........As for all the ""Professional Photographers" that keep complaining about the color spectrum of this monitor, I must ask you why you are looking at an entry level budget IPS panel for you exactly matched color spectrum? You seriously think you are going to have a $300 monitor that will be able to display photos taken with your $3,000 lens......."

I CANNOT AGREE WITH YOU MORE.....so many people take that "I'm a professional" approach to their comments OR go as far as to say they are professional. Like that can be proven on a review section of Amazon??? Or like it even matters?!?!?!?!?

Additionally, there is a real cheese ball who wrote a review stating that this monitor is not for photography because he uses Adobe color space and this monitor is not good enough for those (or himself) who use Adobe. He then makes an argument essentially stating no one should be photographing in SRGB. WOW, then insults more people on the way on his down hill slide. I guess everyone else is wrong and he is right.

As for you and your review, thank you. I always appreciate objectivity and those who see things "as they are".

Signed,
A "NOT SO PROFESSIONAL" LOL =)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 10:12:27 PM PDT
DorianLS says:
Thanks for the very helpful review.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 10:21:20 PM PDT
DUMPDUMB says:
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Posted on Oct 25, 2012 9:22:15 AM PDT
Mayo says:
"...just bend over and take it and pay $1,000+ for a truly accurate professional level monitor."

guy, if you're ever in new york truly tell me because i must shake your hand.

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 12:33:36 PM PDT
I shoot with a DSLR and pretty expensive glass and still think that this monitor is pretty decent for... hmm... occasionally-paid amateurs who still take their work seriously. The prints I've had made haven't shocked me or deviated in any noticeable way from what the monitor displayed. I just wanted to add this so that people who are semi-serious about photography aren't dissuaded from getting an affordable monitor. Yeah, it doesn't do 100% of AdobeRGB, so don't kid yourself. If you need that, buy a different screen. But, honestly, unless you're a pro working for other pros, this monitor isn't going to produce any disasters. Reputable review sties, with more wherewithal than I, have calibrated the screen with very good performance results that are within a hair's width of professional screens. But, as you say, that hair's breadth is what makes a thousand (or two or three) dollar monitor worth that much.

Great review. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 6:17:52 PM PST
C. Ortiz says:
The review clearly states its a good monitor, but should not be expected to be a professional grade.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 8:34:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2012 8:35:19 AM PST
Jimh615 says:
I love this review!!!!!! Nail on the head, Thank you !!!!!
Wish I could think of something to add....can't.
BTW: I own a 5D2 and L glass......I'm a pro wanna-be.........a very serious amateur......I use three 4:3 entry level monitors .....and because of your review I will buy one of these. If I ever sell a picture to a major clearing house and they tell me the picture could have been edited better and I can trace that issue to an inexact monitor, I will then buy a very expensive monitor..........and I will assume my old eyes will be able to tell the difference.
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