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Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24” IPS Monitor Review

Author: AkG
Date: October 19, 2011
Product Name: UltraSharp U2412
Part Number: U2412
Warranty: 3 Years + 3 Year Pixel Guarantee
Purchase at NCIX: UK
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Gaming Performance



Pre-calibration


Post calibration

Before we being let’s preface the results by saying the U2412M is not meant for professional gaming. With an 8ms response time, the Dell can certainly be used in this area but it exhibit an occasional dropped frame or “hiccup”. This is the nature of the IPS beast but it will rarely –if ever- be noticed by the end user. To our eyes there is very little difference but you may feel differently, and we strongly recommend trying one before buying as some people are more sensitive to this kind of issue than others.




In terms of absolute gaming performance the Dell UltraSharp U2412M is a bit of a mixed bag. The out of the box colors are subtly off and it can be a tad distracting at times. For example skin tones, appear pinkish, grass looked a tad washed out and some reds are over exaggerated. Some shadows were bit darker than they should have been and some highlights were a tad muted and muddy. However, with only minor tweaking this minor color hiccup was easily resolved.

What wasn’t easy to solve was the U2412’s tendency to display noticeable ghosting in many fast paced games. Even when in game mode, it occurred from time to time. It was never enough to be distracting and unless you are actively looking for it you may never notice it. So in return for deeper, richer colors you get the occasional hiccup which isn’t usually present on TN-based panels.


[h2]Movie Performance/h2]

Pre-calibration


Post calibration


Much like our gaming impressions, the UltraSharp U2412M provides very good picture quality when watching movies but still exhibits ghosting every now and then. With the default colors corrected it provides a rich and immersive experience which was well beyond what a TN panel could provide. As long as the movie’s color pallet has not been “artistically enhanced” the colors will be deep and true to life but if there are any video transfer inaccuracies these too will be faithfully reproduced.

The only thing which became conspicuous by its absence was “warm” and “cool” preset color modes. The Dell UltraSharp U2412M may indeed have a Movie mode, but many movie buffs have strong preferences for either one of these two extremes and there is no fast and quick way to change from one to the other. You can set up a custom color pallet to get what you prefer, but this is a less than optimal solution as you only get one custom color preset and we prefer to leave this in reserve for more important things than movies. You can also see from some of the above images that even when calibrated, the monitor’s blue shift did creep in every now and then.
 
 
 

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