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Digging In: Dell U2410 Review | PencilGym.com

Hooray!

i finally purchased a new monitor.

it’s not just any monitor, it’s the perfect choice for me, personally.

given i did read about the problems customers were having, i believed it was just a problem particular to that single unit they had recieved…and i believed right :D

the unit i recieved, is jaw-dropping gorgeous.

colors pop, compared to my dell 2005wfp 20inch IPS monitor. i believed that my good ol’ 2005wfp monitor was already amazing with regards to colors, viewing angles.

not! not until i got my hands on this bad boy!

it’s. amazing.

and im very very nit-picky about my “big purchases”, and this was one of it.

prior to getting this u2410 model, i had bought a dell 2408wfp (read/researched hype and rave reviews for the 2408) but i had troubles with it, viewing problems, extreme color shifting, making text and any work with the screen just uneasy and uncomfortable for me. i sent it back, waited a while (couple weeks how coincidental!) and picked up a sale/offer for this beautiful U2410 model.

Alright!

Here’s the “down-to-earth” review of this monitor you people have been emailing me to do! Forget CNET and other big sites that are rumored to be biased based off the money they are paid to put good word in for the product.

*Note! I’m no color/monitor geek professional. This U2410 is review is based off Out-Of-the-Box + eyeball/manual calibration (no 3rd party hardware color calibrators).

Aesthetics: woo, dam. does this bad boy look sexy. comparing it to the now-smaller-lesser sibling monitor dell 2005wfp, this u2410 looks absolute professional, and classy. the matte black “square block” of a stand, the nice thick matte silver neck, and the 4 sharp corners of the panel, along with touch-sensitive OSD buttons, and a single non-distracting blue led power button, this baby is beautiful. Compare it with the HP2475 and the NECs (wuxis) (other competitors in this monitor range), the U2410 has absolute class.

The Searing Sun: this screen came out of the box with Brightness 50 Contrast 50. Waaaay tooo bright for me, it caused me to frown and squint (and squeal). I have it set to Brightness 8  Contrast 45 now.

Colors of the Rainbow & Beyond: this screen came factory calibrated. it shipped with a factory color calibration report sheet (with a reported Avg. Delta E graph with everything under 2.1, which is rather excellent). Also, away from the ‘science’ of color, what i saw, was immediately a new world of color comparing with my old boy 2005wfp model. The colors on this U2410 pop. It’s not over saturated, not ‘sunburned’, or whateva other terms you coined in your past experiences with monitors.

the U2410 is stated as a 12-bit color monitor, an upgrade for the standard 8-bit and/or 10-bit average consumer monitor out in the market. It’s rated to have a color range past 1billion colors, not the typical “12.something million colors”.

So everything together, the color experience is absolute amazing.

Sure, i had to do some manual color tweaks, adjusting the display through the u2410′s on-screen menu options…but the controls are alot more detailed than what was available on the dell 2005wfp model. Depending on the Preset Mode you’re running, the options available to tweak will vary. But it’s still a fairly generous depth of color precision controls you can get.

The Black Blacks: Given this is an IPS monitor, with cathode lighting, i wasnt expecting the U2410 to shine at this area. and i was right. Some might be disappointed with the black levels, it certainly is not as deep as my ol’ 2005wfp model, neither is it as deep and black as the dell 2408wfp i had sent back. But it’s still really black-black. It has a black level reading of “2.0ish” for the scientific readers. :) (‘pro plasma’ screens have blacks levels as deep as 0.01, smaller the value the better black.)

The Whiter Whites: Whites are great. I had to adjust the gamma and contrast setting initially to get the white to be the white i was comfortable with (eyeballing again! no hardware color calibration here!). I was aided with the renown Lagom LCD Monitor color calibration screen tests website. (http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/)

Viewing All Angles: This is an IPS screen, viewing angles are spot on greatness. :D Comparing my viewing experience with the Dell 2408wfp (which is a PVA panel), that 2408 model and this u2410 difference was like night vs day. It was astounding to me at just how great the viewing angle on this u2410 is.

Gaming in the Fast Lane: I’ve played every game i’ve been playing recently on this U2410. Call of Duty 5, Killzone, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Counter Strike, Company of Heroes, Supreme Commander, Grand Theft Auto 4, Crysis. (Yes, notice the cross-platform titles in this list haha, that’s because i have hooked up my playstation 3 to the U2410 as well as my PC, i’ll be commenting shortly about the U2410 connections inputs.)
And this screen is excellent for every game in any genre. Drop-dead gorgeous! AND IN FULL 1080P HD! (yes, im coming from playing my ps3 on Composite video on my ol’ 2005wfp monitor).

Inputs galore: Yes, you certainly get everything you put your money down for. The U2410 has an entire barrage of inputs/outputs. It has 2 x DVI, Component, Composite, HDMI, Display Port, Speaker in/out for the Dell Sound Bar, 8-in-1 Card Reader, 4 x USB ports.
I have hooked up my Playstation 3, PC, laptop, and cable tv, all to this single screen. All i have to do is push the Input button on the U2410 to select a video source, and wee! I’m contemplating purchasing a nintendo Wii some time soon, and it’s gonna go up on this same monitor :D

The final experience: At the end of the day, i’m way more satisfied than i had been psyching myself to be! I had read alot of complaint about the U2410, common troubles like dead pixels, color tinting in the screen’s corners, and screen graininess (?)…all of which i’ve seemed to have completely avoided! This U2410 is yet another absolute awesomeness buy i’ve made, and i will forever recommend this screen to my friends and relatives. (if you can bring yourself to it’s price, i dropped down $500usd for this, and that was after a discount/sale of over a hundred bucks! but it’s certainly the best bang for your buck for a monitor of this sature!) I can say with confidence this U2410 is clearly the ultimate next step up from the dell 2005wfp!

It’s not often i shop for and buy a new monitor, the last time i did was in 2005, that’s a 4 year gap, and $400-500 in such a long time, i’m certain that’s really conservative already. And plus, i know well in heart that this U2410 is going to take me through another 5 years or more! woohoo! what’s not to like!

Yes, let it be made known, there is no perfect monitor out on the market, there is no “the One monitor”…every monitor to date has it’s own flaws, and when it comes down to the money, the Dell U2410 hits the very sweetest spot. The next competitor up to this behemoth would be Apple’s LED Cinema Display, retailing for $900 USD. Almost twice the cost of a single U2410. Further up the tier into the professional monitor zone, you can start looking at the NEC monitors, which start at $1200 USD and go up to $10,000USD! (all 24 inchers too)

Review Requests: Please email me your thoughts and questions and requests! Want me to “test” or write about another aspect of this monitor? Or leave a comment below too! :D

U2410 Pictures and Video:

I’ve made a video with my point-and-shoot camera of this screen “in life”, readers interested can easily check it out at youtube.com. (link will be added shortly)

meanwhile, indulge yourselves in the pictures i’ve taken of this sexy beast too! :D

If you like, i have made available the “Full Color Screen” test pictures i used in the following pictures, for download if you like. They are 1920×1200 resolution big, and just view in something you can set to ‘full screen’, good choice would be the standard Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, and going into Slide Show Mode (pressing F11).

Download here: Full Color Screen Test Pictures
Added: Wallpaper shown in photos here (Hi-Res 1920×1200 wallpaper)
Added: Youtube Video of the Dell U2410 24 inch Monitor

*Note: The Fuzziness/Graininess in the following pictures are not in/from the monitor! It’s from my point-and-shoot camera…crappy $200 consumer budget camera :/ Also bear in mind that this camera has White Balance, and i’ve not been successful with tweaking it to the right tone, so these pictures are not “true to your eye” compared to in real life.. i made them to give readers a feel and idea of what this screen is like in a home. (clik the images for full size!)

Full Black Test Screen (i need to retake the picture in a completely darkened room!)

Full Black Test Screen (i need to retake the picture in a completely darkened room!)

Blue Test Screen

Full Blue Test Screen

Black To White Gradient Test Screen

Black To White Gradient Test Screen

Full Green Test Screen

Full Green Test Screen

Full Red Test Screen

Full Red Test Screen

Full White Test Screen

Full White Test Screen

View Angle Test: Front

View Angle Test: Front

View Angle Test: Side Right

View Angle Test: Side Right

View Angle Test: Side Left

View Angle Test: Side Left

View Angle Test: Bottom

View Angle Test: Bottom

View Angle Test: Above

View Angle Test: Above

How helpful was my review? Did you like it? What else would you like to see with regards to this monitor? Leave a comment please! Hope this write up helps those that are having a tough time deciding what monitor to put down their money on!

Thanks all for reading! 450 reads and counting!(as of 10/15/2009) :D
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30 Responses to “Digging In: Dell U2410 Review, a normal guy’s review”

  1. 1
    Jodiuh Says:

    What in the hell?! lol

    My viewing angles do not look anywhere NEAR as good as that panel! Would you mind uploading that wallpaper so I can take pictures and compare?

  2. 2
    Sam Says:

    original posting here: http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/dell-small-biz-rfd-system-vote-winners-ultrasharp-u2410-24-ips-lcd-499-now-live-799235/14/#post9587085

    Brownbay said:

    quote “http://pencilgym.com/general/digging…-u2410-review/

    Just the type of review I was looking for… “

  3. 3
    Sam Says:

    original posting here: http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/dell-small-biz-rfd-system-vote-winners-ultrasharp-u2410-24-ips-lcd-499-now-live-799235/14/#post9587120

    Airey said:

    quote “It’s a new review, only uploaded yesterday, but he’s hit one point dead on:

    “…there is no perfect monitor out on the market, there is no “the One monitor”…every monitor to date has it’s own flaws, and when it comes down to the money, the Dell U2410 hits the very sweetest spot. The next competitor up to this behemoth would be Apple’s LED Cinema Display, retailing for $900 USD.”

  4. 4
    Dell 2408wfp or Dell U2410 - Page 2 - TechEnclave Says:

    [...] Re: Dell 2408wfp or Dell U2410 here’s a review of the U2410 that would more than likely answer all/any questions or doubts you have about the U2410.. i highly recommend it, i have ordered one just after reading this review i’m linking here, it’s really hard to ignore now after i read it lol. hopefully this review will help you guys as much as it helped me too! Digging In: Dell U2410 Review | PencilGym.com [...]

  5. 5
    Dale Blevins Says:

    Thanks for this review, it’s nice to see something that gives straightforward information to back up all the data review sites, ya know? Your shots of the monitor with your point and shoot are real world and show the angles perfectly! I’m in the same boat, which to buy…the 2408 or this new 2410? I think you’ve made up my mind for me….now if only you can tell me where you got it for that price!! Dell is showing it at $599 and I don’t know of any coupons at this time. Help me out here…so I can rush to get mine coming! :)

    Thanks again, really enjoyed it.

    Dale

  6. 6
    kenco Says:

    Vignetting isn’t too bad, but that clouding – yuck. Viewing angles are very good.

  7. 7
    Sam Says:

    @ Dale Blevins

    thanks for the comment and happy that it has helped you make that decision! i know i too had a really hard time choosing “that one perfect” monitor (although there really is no perfect monitor on the market)..

    the retail price for this U2410 is still a whopping $599 (pro grade competitors like apple’s start at only $899), and dell is really good with coupons/discounts… keep an eye out for discount code coupons from the Dell website, also you can keep watch for a “slickdeal” on slickdeals.net, that’s where i got the deal.

    happy hunting! (:

  8. 8
    Contra Mundi Says:

    “Would you mind uploading that wallpaper so I can take pictures and compare?”
    I’m not OP but…

    Here you go:
    http://img118.imageshack.us/img118/1745/ratchetclanktoolsofdestwn0.jpg

  9. 9
    Sam Says:

    Updated with Wallpaper File download and Youtube video of the monitor..

    x]

  10. 10
    donovan Says:

    Awsome review. straight off the cuff, no “baggages” [influence from producers]; thanks a lot for the effort. Mine is coming in a few days, I hope it would have no pink tinge or dead pixels – but here it has 3 year 2 days replacement warranty policy. Cheers.

  11. 11
    Jed Says:

    Hey man, could you possibly take some pictures of this monitor whilst your gaming on it with your ps3, I’m very interested to see if the image comes on full screen or with black bars at the bottom and top because of the higher resolution of the monitor.
    Thanks,
    Jed

  12. 12
    Cristian Says:

    What about text? I’m interesting in how good, i.e clear and sharp it looks.

    Also, is the monitor making any noise (something like a buzz from the power supply) at low brightness settings?

  13. 13
    Sam Says:

    @ Cristian

    Text is crystal. I stated in the review i was only able to use a regular budget consumer point-n-shoot camera, so the lens isnt good enough to capture detailed-closeup shots with focus.

    the buzzing sound ive read about that report too from other buyers, but i’ve not had any of that issue with mine either. again, the unit i have is absolute perfection. :)

  14. 14
    Leo Says:

    Of course it will have black bars, 1080p is a 1920×1080 resolution, so your going to have a 60 pixel bar on the top, and another 60 pixel bar on the bottom. If it DIDN’T have black bars it’d be far worse distorting the image and stretching it to 1920×1200 (which i hope id doesn’t do, eww!).

  15. 15
    Ryan Says:

    Thanks for the review, good to finally see an unbiased review of a product.

    One question though, where did you get the clock/date “widget” that shows up on the desktop? Thanks again.

  16. 16
    Mark Says:

    Great review thanks! I’m almost on the verge of getting one myself, but you know what the decision process is like….nightmare!!

    Could you tell me what software calibration program you used?

    Thanks
    Mark

  17. 17
    Josh Says:

    Hello. I just got the Dell U2410 and have been playing around with the color settings. I’m currently using the sRGB preset color mode. What color mode or settings were you using when you took the photos of the viewing angles? I put the same wallpaper on and compared and my colors were very different.

    There is one strange thing i’m noticing… the bottom of the screen looks a shade darker. eg: on this site with the white background, looking at the top of screen it looks normal but looking at the lower part of screen the white looks slightly yellowish. Any idea? I’m looking at it front on – no angle or anything.

    One thing I don’t like is the reflection from the bottom frame. They shouldn’t have indented the screen so much.

  18. 18
    John Ristevski Says:

    Hi Sam,

    I have just bought a Dell U2410 and put the same wallpaper on and I too have very different results to you. The colours are quite different compared to the screencaps you have on your site. The whites on my monitor are a bit off. Would you mind sharing your settings in terms of colour mode, gamma, etc?

    Thanks,
    John

  19. 19
    Sam Says:

    @ John Ristevski

    Heya

    Happy new year, im away on a trip right now, so won’t have those answers just yet, but i will get them for yah no worries ;)

  20. 20
    Daniel Says:

    Aparently he tested Fat Princess. From what I understand it’s not a game with heavy graphics, so the monitor can stretch easily to 1200 without distorting.
    What I want to see is for example GTA IV. Can anybody test that and put picture or movies on the web?
    Somebody test this monitor on real games, please!!

  21. 21
    Shaun Says:

    I had this monitor for a few months now and have it hooked up to my pc (Dvi), 360 (hdmi), and ps3 (hdmi). It works fine on all of them and I can confirm that if you set the monitor to Full mode it will distort the image vertically on the 360 and ps3 to fill the screen. Instead of using Full mode I use the Aspect ratio mode which displays black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, but does not distort the image. It is not a big deal for me personally, but if that sort of thing would annoy you it is something to take into account with this monitor. Overall this monitor suits my needs, I wanted a pc monitor as I have a small bedroom and 24 inches is great for it, and having all of my gaming done on the same screen. If you want a computer monitor that can also be used with gaming consoles with good image quality then this isn’t a bad choice.

  22. 22
    Pascal Says:

    I just bought this monitor and it rules! What are you using for displaying the clock + date on your wallpaper. Really nice!

  23. 23
    Ale Says:

    Hi, nice review!
    I only want to know what setup do you use for the ps3 because i have it and it look weird :S

  24. 24
    QX Yee Says:

    Hello there,
    Thank you for the review, I was seriously considering buying this monitor for my photographic needs.
    Seems like it’s the right one for me.

    I’m just curious though, what music did you use for the video review?
    Sounds really great.

    Once again, thank you for the effort you put in!
    QX

  25. 25
    Sam Says:

    @ Ale
    ps3 shown here is connected via the HDMI input

    @ QX Yee
    thanks for the comments x]
    alot of emails also asking about the music in the video lol… i really dont know, its one of the random standard-music tracks provided by youtube when you upload a video there.

    hope you have an equally amazing experience with your new monitor!

  26. 26
    D-VT Says:

    Thanks for your review. It was a struggle to find one that bore gaming in mind as well as graphics work- silly really, considering the level of connectivity that the monitor offers.

    Just out of interest: have you tested the Wii on it via component yet? I ask as the picture via component seems to be off by quite a bit (with lots of ghosting) but that’s probably another flaw to be addressed by firmware A02 if it arrives.

  27. 27
    Grafik Says:

    I think that ATI is one of the best graphic card…

  28. 28
    botchki Says:

    Just bought this. Can you put up the specific settings that you have your monitor set at? Thanks much.

  29. 29
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