In a continuous avalanche of monitors in the 16:9 format, Dell goes against the grain and launches a new 24-inch 16:10 model with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The panel type this time around is an e-IPS and it is more affordable than its predecessor at just $399.
Dell is in the middle of releasing its 2012 line of monitors and the UltraSharp series is the one that receives the most attention, and for good reason–Dell’s premium lineup has a knack for scoring excellent reviews across the board.
The 24-inch U2412M is a model that many have looked forward to for its 1920 x 1200 16:10 IPS panel and the fact that it is actually cheaper than its popular predecessor the UltraSharp U2410 by utilizing the more affordable e-IPS technology.
In spite of its appealing price tag, the U2412M offers a nice feature set. Its e-IPS panel is of the anti-glare type with W-LED backlighting and an 8 ms response time (gray to gray), 300 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio (static), the 178-degree viewing angles that IPS monitors are known for and 16.7 million colors (6-bit + A-FRC, 71% NTSC).
The accompanying stand can be adjusted in all possible directions (tilt, pivot, height adjustment) and it is also possible to rotate the screen to portrait mode. In terms of connectivity you will find Display Port, DVI and VGA ports as well as an integrated USB hub. The memory card reader of its predecessor U2410 appears to be missing, however.
It also comes with Dell’s PowerNap software–a power management tool that lets you dim the screen or allow it to turn off altogether when going into screen saver mode. You will also be able to view the current power consumption right in the OSD menu.