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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect monitor for our uses (photography and spreadsheets). Sharp and bright, but not too much so., January 10, 2013
This review is from: Dell S2440L 24-Inch Screen LED-lit Monitor (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Personal Computers)
A month ago, I bought a new Dell computer with the S2440L monitor. After 8 years of using a 19 inch monitor, this opened a whole new world (sort of) especially since I specialize in nature photography. In fact, the only problem I had was that I found I was throwing out 5 year old photos that looked pretty good with XP and the standard 19" monitor. I also do a lot of work with spreadsheets monitoring bird nesting (mentioned for a reason - see below), and it was great having 12 months spread across the width of the entire monitor.

I didn't have to touch any menus or adjust anything when I powered it up with the new computer (Windows 7 if that matters). In days of yore, I remember getting a new monitor and having to diddle with brightness and contrast for two or three days before I was satisfied. But this was sharp and bright, but not too sharp or too bright.

My wife, whose just a little slower than I am to adapting to technology, liked what she saw, and so I bought a second Dell S2440L for her five moth old Windows 7 Dell computer. It arrived today, and I "assembled it" (if you call tightening one screw on the base, "assembling") and had it hooked up to her computer in less than 15 minutes. Turned on the computer and, of course, it had rearranged all the icons. (Why do they do that???) Anyway, she's happy as a lark because she does financial stuff for a number of companies plus our own, and she probably uses spreadsheets more than word processing or even email. She LOVES what it's done for Quicken as well, and now she's just sorry she didn't have this 5 months ago.

Now, fair warning, I bought these from Dell whose price was $250 plus tax, but as a 30 year customer, they didn't charge shipping which is the norm. Out of curiosity, I came to Amazon to see what they carried the computer and monitor and see what they got. Well, Amazon doesn't list our computers which as "commercial" types, but there was the monitor at $50 less than what Dell charged. I called Dell, and they immediately gave me a $100 credit on my credit card. There was no difficulty whatsoever (which is why we've been buying from Dell for 30 years). I'm sure if things were reversed, Amazon would have done the same. It's why I rank them both as my two favorite companies. If I could find one more, I'd never have to leave the house. Btw, Best Buy also listed the monitor for $200 last weekend, but Dell didn't ask anything more than Amazon's price.

For those who listed the base as being unstable or not substantial, pshaw (can't find the right adjective). The base is very sturdy and the monitor is well balanced. The monitor, btw, can be tilted but not raised or lowered. That is not a problem for us, but it may be a concern for others. Just raise or lower your chair. For those who said, "cheap plastic." Well, I never heard of "expensive plastic," and I doubt if you could find something encased in metal that would look or perform any better. Besides, you want a monitor that is stable enough, but doesn't weigh a ton. And the price is reasonable, very reasonable. Take a look at a comparable Apple!!!!
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