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Great eventually, but initial setup required some fixes on Mac
on December 7, 2013
Upgraded to this from 2 older Dell monitors, which still work great but are too small for my needs.
I was torn between the 24" Dell U2412M and a similar HP model, but then saw a great deal Cyber Monday deal on Newegg for this one, which sold me. I am very happy with it overall, but largely because I got a huge discount.
I really like the (rather odd/non-standard) aspect ratio.
The wide screen is perfect for video/graphics work w/lots of palettes & menus that I can now leave off to the side instead of dragging them all the way to a separate monitor. Some people complain that it isn't tall enough, but it's slightly taller than my old ones & 2x as wide, so I'm happy.
The stand isn't great. It swivels at the base, but the height is fixed. If I were much taller it'd have to put this on a phone book. The cable management is also kind of dumb - just a hole in the stand which leaves things exposed, instead of the older approach of clipping cables behind the stand.
2 stars lost for screwy setup and troubleshooting I shouldn't have had to do...
First, there are 2 full-size DisplayPorts on the back, which is cool, but only 1 works with a single monitor and there's no label or indication which one. The 2nd one is an output for "daisy chaining" DisplayPort 1.2-compatible monitors, so if you plug the computer in there you get no signal. Would've been easy to label "input/output" but they don't.
Second, don't attempt to daisy chain or enable DisplayPort 1.2 in the settings menu unless you actually know what that means. I didn't, and it didn't work as I expected...
If you enable 1.2 without a 2nd monitor properly attached (or if your video card isn't capable of supporting it) your monitor goes black. There's a warning about this, but they DON'T say you also lose access to the DisplayPort menu, so you can't easily reverse it! To fix it you have to press & hold the menu button to select DisplayPort as the source. After holding it for a few seconds, the DisplayPort 1.1/1.2 dialogue pops up & you can disable 1.2 to go back to single-monitor mode. This was screwy too & took a few tries. Generally the monitor menu isn't all that intuitive.
Finally, and most importantly:
The monitor looked AWFUL out of the box & hooked up via DisplayPort to my 2011 Macbook Pro.
It was worse than a cheap netbook screen and very disappointing.
If I hadn't known better it would've gone right back in the box, but it's an easy fix.
The problem is with DisplayPort & Macs specifically. Probably not an issue w/Windows.
The monitor can use either RGB or YCbCr color space.
OS X by default ONLY outputs YCbCr, which results in a grainy, illegible display that's missing a lot of color information.
The solution is to "Force RGB Mode" in Mac OS X to fix the picture.
This link explains the process (or Google "Force RGB mode Mac"):
Download the Ruby patch linked in the explanation (right-click/save as to save it to your Home directory), and run it in Terminal. This creates a display profile that overrides the default. Once saved in the proper location, you restart & the monitor should look great.
Overall, I'm very happy w/the end result, but primarily because I paid 50% less on sale and because I was able to troubleshoot some incredibly bad settings myself. If I'd paid full price & didn't know how to fix the defaults, I'd be upset.