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Dell UltraSharp U2410 24” IPS Monitor Review

by AkG     |     May 25, 2011

A Closer Look at the Dell UltraSharp U2410



As with most of Dell’s UltraSharp line, the U2410’s appearance is utilitarian yet surprisingly elegant in some areas. However, one of the main areas of contention is its base; gone is the space saving v-shaped design from past generations. It has been replaced by a monolithic and frankly quite ugly rectangular slab that does a great job of providing a solid foundation but not much else.

Many current generation TN-based monitors have gone with decidedly thin profiles due to their move to cool-running LED lighting. The U2410 uses the tried, tested and true fluorescent method which necessitates a slightly thicker profile but in all reality, we’ll take performance over sexy looks any day.


Even without the razor-thin looks of the competition, the U2410 still cuts an impressive figure with a black and gray color scheme that should fit into anyone’s décor. Its straightforward thin bezel is also a welcome change from the oddball designs we’ve seen in the past.

Dell is able to accomplish this by opting to move the buttons from their typical bottom edge “row” orientation to a stacked layout along the bottom right hand corner of the bezel.



Another thing which makes the U2410 stand out from the competition is the fact that it uses capacitive touch buttons. These provide next to no feedback but Dell has tried to overcome some of this limitation by making each button with a square hole through which an LED can shine. This means when a button is touched, the blue light gives some visual reinforcement and the raised edges of the hole give some tactile feedback.

Unfortunately, even with near instantaneous button response and Dell’s subtle design touches, navigating through the menu layouts with the capacitive, vertically positioned buttons can quickly become a lesson in frustration.


In what is increasing become the de-facto standard for “professional” grade monitors, Dell has included a USB multi-format flash card reader built right into the side of the monitor. We still find it unforgivable that Compact Flash is not one of the supported formats but we have yet to see one with this included on any monitor in the sub-$600 price range. It should also be mentioned that the flash card reader is still only USB 2.0 rather than the newer USB 3.0 standard.



The selection of inputs is on the U2410 is very good and certainly above average even for this highly demanding niche. There is a VGA, two DVI ports, DisplayPort, HMDI, component and composite ports plus a USB hub.



While the slab-style base may be a step back design-wise from past generations of Dell monitors, it still retains the excellent range of motion its predecessors were known for. As with many professional grade monitors it can easily be changed from landscape to portrait and back again. This coupled with 45° off center axis swing and 24° degrees of tilt (from +3 to – 21) and 100mm of height adjustment, makes it the U2410 one of the more versatile monitors on the market.
 
 
 

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