The extra quality you crave.
While gamers tend to favour monitors with fast refresh rates, there are many other screens with better-quality images that are still suitable for gaming.
The Dell U2412M is popular among gamers and non-gamers alike, as it uses a high-quality 24in LED-backlit IPS panel. It also features a full 1,920 x 1,200 resolution for a 16:10 aspect ratio, rather than the more common 16:9. While not a true 8-bit panel, the Dell uses 6 bits plus advanced frame control to make up the difference. Round the back the U2412M has DisplayPort, DVI and VGA, however there’s no HDMI. You also get a four-port USB hub.
The downfall of many IPS panels is slow response times and ghosting. The Dell has a higher than average 8ms response time, which might put some gamers off. Despite our best efforts we couldn't get any ghosting in actual gaming, however. The extra dollars you’ll need to cough up for an IPS panel buys you excellent picture quality and rich and vibrant colours without going over the top. We found it very bright by default so unless you’re gaming outside, dimming it to your environment is a good idea. There's no appreciable light leakage, even in the darkest games and screen uniformity is excellent. The OSD is also excellent and gives comprehensive access to any and all settings you’ll need.
As we’ve come to expect from Dell, the stand is a cut above the norm with full height and rotation adjustments. This one’s also frequently on sale, so you can often pick it up for under $300.
Special features :
- 1,920 x 1,200 resolution 16:10 ratio
- Height & rotation adjustments
- Four-port USB hub
Pros : IPS panel, excellent colour, DisplayPort.
Cons : No HDMI, high response time, 6-bit.
Verdict : 8 out of 10. Highly Recommended!
Available from Dell, retailing for $399