Dell U2412M Review: Budget IPS Gaming Monitor

Dell U2412M

Introduction

The Dell UltraSharp U2412M certainly lives up to its name. Aptly called ‘UltraSharp’, this 24-inch monitor and the top-notch quality IPS-panel does offer the same sharpness as the bigger version of this amazing display, the Dell U2715H. The visual quality, calibration, adjustability, ease of setup, and the ergonomic design are sufficient reasons to dub this as potentially the best gaming monitor for the money paid.

Specifications

  • 24 Inches Screen
  • 1920×1080 Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • 16:10 Aspect Ratio
  • 60Hz
  • 8ms Response Time
  • Ports: VGA, DVI, DisplayPort
  • Other Ports: 4x USB 2.0
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2
  • Dynamic Contrast: 2,000,000:1
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.27mm

Performance

It is common for gamers to seek after monitors that have the fastest response time and the best refresh rates as these would give them the upper hand in any game. If you are competing in First Person Shooter games such as the Call of Duty or Counter-Strike, these elements would enable you to engage in smooth gameplay that is free from stuttering artifacts and tracers. An IPS display such as that of the Dell U2412M enhances visuals that results in an enjoyable experience even for an amateur or average gamer.

Upon the first use of this monitor, you could see how the graphics come to life because of the 1920×1200 resolution, LED-backlit screen. The 16:10 widescreen ratio is also a big plus to the different customized applications you need for gaming and computing. Regardless of what game you play, you would instantly see that the screen goes blur-free all the time. The dynamic contrast ratio of 2 000 000:1 and the response time of 8ms (gray to gray) also contribute to keeping the images crisp, ghost-free, and sharp.

Another upside of the Dell U2412M is its wide viewing angles. This means that you will find no deviation in the color contrast when you view the display from any angles or sides. The consistency in the color quality and sharpness of the images are two of the advantages of an IPS panel over a TN Panel. The 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution is particularly helpful for those who needs an extra screen space. When it comes to TN panels, you could easily spot its difference from IPS panels as the colors from top to bottom tend to be a bit inconsistent in the shade when you look at it from different angles.

This 24-inch Dell U2412M monitor thrives despite adopting an old school 16:10 ratio to allow an extra 120 pixels of resolution. Thanks to IPS technology, the image quality you find on screen remains superb and sharp. Many may not pay much attention to the 1,920 x 1,200 resolution but the extra pixels actually allow the screen to be extended for up to about 1 inch. For gaming and business purposes, an extra screen space can bring advantages

There is no doubt that Dell has produced a monitor that is ideal for people, who are both keen on gaming and computing. The blur-free viewing and the high response rate of 8ms can make any novice gamer experience high-quality graphics as well as ghost-free images. The IPS technology makes it possible for views to truly enjoy an array of rich, accurate, and vivid colors.

Features

Users and gamers will certainly appreciate the widescreen 16:10 panels, the LED backlight, and the infused IPS technology of this monitor as they all contribute to the superb viewing experience. One of the things I could highlight is how powerful this monitor is. Not only does it comes with high-quality color, it is also packed with flexibility. Gamers or professionals all have the preferred view and position while working. The DellU2412M can be adjusted from a different angle and height. You can tilt it or pivot it — you can practically do anything to achieve your desired position and comfort.

With eco-efficiency in mind, this monitor is designed with utmost customization. You will find that with a touch of a button, you can change the settings on energy usage, color temperature, and the text brightness. Yes, you can actually switch from cooler to warmer colors by accessing the temperature slider. This monitor is also eco-friendly as the panel itself is completely mercury and arsenic-free.

For non-gamers, the Dell UltraSharp U2412M is also a monitor that can easily be appreciated. So far, the initial experience of using this monitor has been completely stress-free. Even the non-tech savvy can easily understand how to adjust the settings. If you press any of the four tiny buttons you can find at the bottom of the screen, the menu will pop up on the screen. The buttons are the pressable type and not touch-sensitive ones. The legends of the buttons are also readable even in a bright environment.

The IPS panel also comes with a LED backlight. Once you turn it on, you could instantly see that there isn’t any sign of bleeding or unevenness across the 24-inch diagonal. You would also find that the display does not get too hot and that the temperature across the entire panel remains even. The panel also comes in a matte anti-glare (AG) coating. Both back housing and the stand of this monitor feel sturdy. In addition, the entire panel is adjustable for up 115mm in height to better suit your workstation and style.

Design

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The monitor has a number of comfort-enabling features that make it suitable to your style and workstation. You can adjust the height, swivel, or pivot it. It also has features that are tailored to cater the viewing preferences of gamers, professionals, and students. The color temperature can be adjusted, too. It also has a Text Mode option that adjusts the brightness of the screen and makes it suitable and comfortable for reading.

This monitor is equipped with a technology called PowerNap to let you control the monitor brightness or program it to conserve power or place it in sleep mode. This is made possible through the use of a software designed to automatically dim the brightness when the images become overly bright. Users also have the option to activate the energy usage bar for consumption monitoring. Everything can be adjusted with just a quick touch of the OSD button.

These are two of the most qualities that you get from the Dell U2412M. The monitor itself is made from eco-friendly materials. The LED panel is both mercury and arsenic free. The circuit boards are made from halogen-free laminates. Overall, the panel is designed to consume less energy compared to other monitors available on the market today. This Dell monitor is also CEL and CECO compliant and has successfully met the ENERGY STAR 5.1 rating.

Connectivity

The Dell U2412M has versatile connectivity. You can easily connect peripherals such as the mouse and the keyboard on any of the four (4) USB ports that are conveniently located at the side of the monitor. There are also other ports you can find at the back. This monitor has one VGA, one DisplayPort, and one DVI ports. These ports are designed to provide top-notch quality when HD content is onscreen.

Conclusion

Dell U2412M is one monitor that you can use for both general computing and gaming. For a beginner or an average gamer, this could be a good starter monitor to invest in. Dell is confident with the quality of its monitor and proves it by giving buyers a Premium Panel Guarantee. This means that they will replace the bought monitor if users found just a single bright pixel within the prescribed warranty period. As a conclusion in this Dell U2412M review, if you are a new gamer and still unsure of which monitor to purchase, this Dell monitor can be a good place to start.

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