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351 of 375 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great monitor for those looking for something better, April 11, 2012
This review is from: Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor (Personal Computers)
When you do a search for a 24" monitor, and you find dozens available in the $150-$200 price range, why in the world would anyone consider this monitor when it costs about twice as much? If you're just looking for a monitor that delivers basic performance, you wouldn't. But if you're looking for a monitor that will deliver a great picture, provide lots of desktop space for your programs, and backed with a great warranty, then you should definitely consider this monitor!

There are plenty of bullet point reasons to consider when comparing monitors:

- Most monitors made today are 1920x1080. This one is 1920x1200. Those extra 120 pixels can make a difference depending on what you are working on. Imagine the difference between viewing a PDF file a full page at a time instead of having to scroll. Imagine being able to see more of that photo of your kids that you're working on. More vertical height means that you can see more E-Mails at once, and less scrolling when reading web pages.

- Most cheap monitors are made with lesser quality TN LCD panels instead of higher quality IPS panels. This Dell UltraSharp has an IPS panel that delivers great color without oversaturation and its viewing angles are very good. With TN, you get color shifts depending on how you're looking at your monitor (especially vertically). Not so with IPS. While not capable of the wide gamut that the U2410 can deliver, that feature is only needed if you are editing files in the Adobe RGB color space. If you don't know what that is, you don't need it because you aren't using it. The more common sRGB color space is supported on this monitor, which is what most people would want to use.

- Most cheap monitors do not have height adjustments. This monitor allows you to move the panel vertically to get the right viewing angle. For most people, the best position is to have the top of the monitor line up with your forehead. With cheap monitors, you end up stacking your monitor on top of old catalogs or phone books.

These are just some of the things you should consider when buying a monitor. Whether they are important to you is your choice, but you should be aware of them and make an educated decision.

What would I change on this monitor?
While it has two USB ports on the side, it would be nice if the monitor had a built-in card reader. Doing so would help reduce the clutter of having an external card reader or depending on having a card reader built into your PC or printer. This isn't a deal-breaker by any means, but it would be nice to at least have an SD reader available.

I like the fact that this monitor doesn't come with speakers built-in, but the AY511 soundbar that can be added is unnecessarily expensive and requires a power adaptor. There are situations where having very basic speakers would be very nice, and an unpowered speaker bar that was in the $30 price range would be a great addition. The AX510 seems like it should work, but Dell doesn't list it as being compatible with the U2412 monitor.

I haven't yet fully calibrated this monitor with color profiles, and I'm not sure that I will go through the effort, as the controls allow for getting a pretty good picture without needing that extra step. I have it adjusted for a broad range of greyscale display and the colors are vibrant without being oversaturated.

I am very happy with the performance of this monitor, and while the price was higher than your average big-box store flyer special, it represents a great value in my opinion. Even though I'm using it for personal use, I would not hesitate to use it in a professional environment as well. It's an excellent business monitor, and after being fully calibrated, I think it would serve photographers and graphic designers very well. If you need Adobe RGB, you'll have to go up to the U2410, but many photo labs use sRGB, and this monitor does that with no trouble.

While this monitor is more expensive, I feel that it delivers what's important. A monitor is your primary interface with your computer, and if you care at all about image quality, you'll give this monitor very serious consideration before thinking that you can save money and be just as happy.
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Initial post: Aug 2, 2012 12:51:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 2, 2012 12:52:58 PM PDT
Your comment "those extra 120 pixels can make a difference" is an understatement, and a very good point.

If I may help support your statement, its actually 120 pixels vertically times the width of the panel which is 1920 pixels. SO, the actual count of pixels added distinguishing a 1920x1200 panel from a 1920x1080 panel is an additional 230,400 pixels!!!!!!!!!!! WOW. All that in just another few inches of real estate.

When you think of it this way, the jump from 1680x1050 resolution to 1920x1080 which everyone likes is only about the same as 1920x1080 to 1920x1200!!!. 16:10 ratio is the only way to go but there just are not any choices other than Dell.

1680x1050 = 1,764,000 (standard TN panel)
1920x1080 = 2,073,600
1920x1200 = 2,304,000

I like the 16:10 Ratio too, I just don't know about Dell and the 'matte screen' thing!!!

Thanks for the review!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 4:51:07 PM PDT
S. Jentsch says:
Yes, when taken over the entire width of the monitor, the extra pixels definitely add up!

I have had no issue with the anti-glare coating on this monitor. I have used a Dell 2408 monitor extensively and I would equate the coating on the U2412 to that monitor. It's definitely not glossy like so many cheap monitors and laptop screens, but that's a good thing as the glare on those screens can make them almost unusable with a certain amount of stray light in the room.

By the way, I picked up the Dell AX510 speaker bar (w/o the power supply) from a 3rd party seller, and it works just fine with the U2412M LED monitor. No power supply needed and it was a great price.

Overall, I would purchase another of these monitors without hesitation, and I recommend it to my clients as a great step up from the usual crop of 1920x1080 budget monitors. Perhaps the anti-glare coating has changed, or varies from lot to lot, I don't know, but based on my personal experience, I would buy it again.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 10:28:51 AM PDT
nwtim says:
Very nice review.

You mentioned that you weren't sure if the AX510 speakers were compatible with the U2412M monitor. I actually got the AX510 speakers ( and can confirm that they do indeed snap right into the bottom of the U2412M display. It's a very sleek add-on and I love that they are powered from the monitor's own power supply. I would love it even more if Dell offered a small accompanying LFE to better handle the low end, but the AX510 doesn't sound too bad for $34.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 7:37:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2013 7:38:52 PM PST
brycen says:
The Dell AS501 Multimedia Sound Bar Speaker definitely fits this monitor, it snaps right in, draws power from the monitor and (most importantly) sleeps with the monitor. The connection is analog, and there's no buzz when silent. The only downside? An annoying blue light. Note: the Dell PowerNap software is a resource hog, so better to use the OS sleeping function. I did not find any problem with the anti-glare coating.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 1:36:43 PM PDT
JD says:
Would you recommend this for someone that does a lot of photography but is not a professional photographer. I do volunteer work for a botanical garden as well as nature photography, use Light Room and Photoshop. I have a Dell XPS laptop but do all my work off external drives. Any other suggestions for a medium price monitor?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2014 11:09:04 AM PDT
BYuen says:
This monitor would probably provide the best bang for your buck. Hard to find any better within the price range.

If you want something better, try the Dell U2413 which has a better wide color gamut
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