Dell UltraSharp U2410 Review

Dell UltraSharp U2410 Review

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Introduction
Yeah, Dell UltraSharp U2410 is my first IPS panel monitor (dump VA panel due to slowness). It is a 24 inch monitor with 1920×1200 resolution. It is hard to find 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio monitor nowadays. Most of them are 1920×1080 (16:9) Full HD format. By the way, Dell UltraSharp U2410 is the replacement of Dell UltraSharp 2408 Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor. Basically, Dell replaced the Samsung VA panel with LG IPS panel and V shape monitor stand with a solid rectangular base. What I like? It has the same 110% Color Gamut as 2408WFP but with higher color depth of 1.07 billion and crazy high 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Best of all, better viewing angle compare to cheap TN panel monitor.

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Dell UltraSharp U2410

Product Specifications
DISPLAY
Panel Size: 24-inch (518.4 mm) viewable area
Aspect Ratio : Widescreen (16:10)
Panel Type: IPS – In Plane Switching
Optimal Resolution: 1920 x 1200 at 60 Hz
Contrast Ratio: 1000 to 1 (typical)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 80,000:1 (Max)
Brightness: 400 cd/m2 (typical)
Response Time: 6ms (gray to gray) Typical
Max Viewing Angle (vertical/horizontal) : 178º vertical / 178º horizontal
Color Support: 1.07 billion colors
Color Gamut 110% (CIE 1976)
Pixel Pitch: 0.27 mm
Internal Processing :12 bits
Pixel Per Inch : 94
Support and Compatible with Industry Color Space : AdobeRGB (96% Coverage), sRGB emulates 72% of NTSC Color (100% Coverage) and xvYCC Compatibility

CONNECTIVITY
Video Graphics Array (VGA)
Digital Visual Interface – Digital (DVI-D) with HDCP
DisplayPort(DP)
Component
Composite
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
Built-in Devices
Media Card Reader and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Hub (with 1 USB upstream port and 4 USB downstream ports)

STAND
Height-Adjustable stand,tilt, swivel, pivot and built in cable-management
VESA Mount

Packaging and Accessories
Dell UltraSharp U2410 comes in a good packaging. Check out Dell UltraSharp U2410 Monitor Unpacking for more info and images. Basically, you will have Dell UltraSharp U2410 panel, monitor stand, several cables like VGA cable, DVI cable, DisplayPort cable, USB cable, power cord and CD user’s guide and documentation. Too bad that HDMI cable is not included. Anyway, DVI cable is sufficient for daily PC usage like gaming or office work.

Features
Dell UltraSharp U2410 has lot of features that normal monitors don’t provide. It has

  • Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture Multi-Views – I did not test it yet. Will cover this later
  • Flexible Viewing and Mounting Options – It has height-adjustable stand and tilt, swivel and pivot features. Perfect for multipurpose use. I love the pivot function, good to read e-book
  • Intuitive Controls – Hey, the buttons are touch sensitive. Just move your finger near it, the bottom blue LED will lights up. Touch it to bring up the selection menu.
  • Extensive Connectivity – Besides all the display inputs that I mention above, it has 4 USB ports and a xD/SD/MS/MMC media card reader. (no CF format). You can add on Dell Soundbar at below the monitor panel too.
  • Consistent, Accurate Color Out of the Box – Factory-tuned Adobe RGB and sRGB modes minimize the need for further color calibration. The monitor that I received has average Delta E of less than 4.
  • 8 Preset modes – Standard, Multimedia, Game, Warm, Cool, Adobe RGB, sRGB and Custom Color mode.

Performance Results
Okay, let’s talk about the real stuff. When you turn on Dell UltraSharp U2410 monitor for the first time, your eyes will hurt by its brightness and sharpness (Both 50% on Standard preset mode). Immediately, I reduced the brightness to 10% to match the room lighting. Then changed to sRGB mode which produces most natural colours. How are the viewing angles on this IPS panel monitor? Hmm… It is definitely better than TN panel. But not as good as I expected from IPS panel. Note – I am a first time IPS panel monitor owner. Read lot of review about viewing angles of IPS panel. However, the viewing angles are not as good as mentioned by cnet.com.au and pchome.net. Here is the result that I have.

Viewing Angles


Landscape Mode
45° Left | 22° Left | Center | 22° Right | 45° Right


Portrait Mode
45° Left | 22° Left | Center | 22° Right | 45° Right

Input lag test
As a gamer, monitor input lag is another important factor to me. A high input lag monitor is not suitable for first person shooting (FPS) games. But still okay for real time strategic (RTS), role play games (RPG), racing or action games. I took lot of photos with Samsung SyncMaster 550s CRT Monitor on Game mode and sRGB mode. 50 photos for each mode with Canon EOS 400D SLR on 1/320 sec exposure, F/2 and ISO 800. And I used Virtual Stopwatch Pro 3 as the timer. Here are the results…

Game mode – min = 0ms, max = 31ms, avg = 17.14ms
sRGB mode – min = 16ms, max = 46ms, avg = 33.96ms

Note – the red and green colours are oversaturated due to wide-gamut colours in Game mode. You need to sacrifice colour to gain more speed (1 frame == 16ms). So what is your choice? Anyway, I play FTS game like Wolfenstein in sRGB mode and don’t not feel much different with 2ms Samsung T220 Monitor. Definitely not a problem with games like Overlord II.


Input Lag Test
Minimum Input Lag | Maximum Input Lag

Panel Uniformity
I have neither LaCie Blue Eye Pro colorimeter nor BasICColor’s calibration software. Below are the white and black screen shots taken in dark environment.


Panel Uniformity
White | Black

Conclusion
Dell UltraSharp U2410 is a great monitor but not perfect. It got 8/10 from me for the moment. Will keep update this post with other tests. Let me know if you want me to test out anything. I will try my best to test if I can. ;)

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  • http://www.ah-hong.com Ah Hong

    Fuyoh…can turn to portrait position one. You must bought PS3 liao…haha

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @Ah Hong: Nope. Saving money for other stuffs now. :)

  • Pat

    You’re making the classic mistake of only measuring one point of the screen at a time to measure input lag. The peak lag is less than 2 frames on the U2410. But because you’re only measuring a small point on the screen you’re only seeing a 2 frame delay for that part of the screen. Monitors don’t refresh the whole screen at exactly the same moment. If you measured more sections on the screen at the same time you’d realize the peak lag is much lower than the 2 frames, and that your average lag is flawed because there tends to be just under a 2/3rds of a frame lag on the U2410. If you measure only 1/3rd of the screen you’re never see that the other 2/3rds aren’t actually lagged..

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @Pat: So how do you test it?

  • Pat

    Either place multiple timers on different sections of the screen or use a tool like Refresh Rate Multitool .exe , the link on the Hard OCP forum should be the first link if you search it on Google. It dispenses with numbers entirely and counts what actually matters – frames.

    Some of these monitors also have the same green and pink tint issue as the HP LP2475w 24″ Widescreen (Which uses the same LG panel). This is a known LG panel flaw, and Dell are knowingly shipping some monitors with it. Although it only affects a minority, anyone who buys this screen should check that the left side doesn’t have a green tint and the right side a pink tint, when you view a white background..

  • lurker

    How is the color performance? what did u use to test the accuracy of the factory tuned settings?
    also @pat, for the issues mentioned with the ‘flaw’ does Dell warranty cover it? Dell malaysia is having promo for this model currently at 1599 which is very tempting to me.
    hehehee

    thanks

  • Pat

    The U2410’s sRGB mode doesn’t work very well for solving wide gamut issues and, unfortunately, the Windows 7 desktop doesn’t support wide gamut yet, even though Windows 7 does contains support under the hood – it just doesn’t use it except for its photo viewer! If you look at something like the lagom.nl black level test you will also see many of the darker squares are grainy when you use the sRGB and Adobe modes on the U2410. Whilst the sRGB mode does help the wide gamut problem a little, it also makes the screen look quite dark too..

    The Dell warranty should cover the green and pink tint flaw, yes. The problem is, once you’re reliant on your warranty, Dell tend to swap your monitor from a pool of other peoples problem monitors. The only way to avoid this is to get them to replace it with a factory new monitor, which you will often have to wait much longer for..

    Dell aren’t any different from most other companies in this regard – when you send back a flawed monitor that is otherwise working and “within spec”, they put it back into the pool of monitors that will be swapped out under warranty.. So your replacement monitor is taken from all the rejected monitors! I would suggest the safest bet, if you get a bad monitor, is to get your money back and buy again at a different time, or from a different source..

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @lurker: I don’t have colourimeter to test it yet. Based on Dell colour calibration factory report, both Adobe RGB and sRGB modes has average Delta E of less than 4.

    By the way, you still have 3 days left to grab it at RM1599. Promotion end on 13/09/2009.

  • choen

    I have the same monitor. Bought it when it was launched for over 2k.

    The unit I received have a very impressive view angle.
    Been so busy doing work on it that I haven’t even had the time to play with the features!

    I am definitely picking another one up at this 1599 deal.

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @choen: Does your unit have the symptom that brightness starting to fade on > 22° like the unit that I have here?

  • chizow

    Nice review, this just became available in the US and I was looking for info on its input lag. I’m trying to decide whether its worth it or not to replace my Gateway FPD2485W, which is pretty nice except for a slight ghosting in certain color contrast transitions.

    But this panel doesn’t look to be any better with regard to input lag! About the same as the 2408 in sRGB mode, and about the same as my 2485 in Game mode. Also, does it change modes automatically? Having to launch that feature manually would become cumbersome I think?

    Also, didn’t see it mentioned but I’m assuming no noticeable ghosting? Thanks.

  • choen

    Jayce: Will let you know next week when I get back to work. Need a break this weekend.

    chizow: Maybe this is not a gaming monitor?

  • chizow

    Perhaps not, but that is one of the major purported advantages of IPS over *VA panels. If its not significantly better with regard to input lag, it most likely won’t be worth the upgrade for most *VA users, especially with newer technologies like OLED and 120Hz panels on the horizon.

  • choen

    jayce: Based on eye balling, the monitor do seem to dim a little bit at 22 degrees, but does not seem to be as bad as your photos show. That’s ok by me as I dont look at it from anywhere but centre when I do work.

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @choen: Thanks for checking it. It’s okay for me too as we don’t usually see from other angles. :)

  • Dan

    Re: Jayce,

    In your testing are you using DVI or Displayport? Displayport has superior bandwidth and color support over DVI. This should make a difference in your testing.

    • Cristian

      It’s true that Displayport has superior bandwidth and color support over DVI, but as long as the video card doesn’t use it there’s no difference between them. And unfortunately AFAIK only a few video cards support 10 bits/color modes. I wonder which video cards.

  • Chris

    Hi, Please can you post some pics with same camera settings from different angles? In the example pics from the side, its not just the screen thats darker from the side… its the wall behind too. I assume this is due to the camera using different exposure settings for the shots from the side.

    Thanks for your review, its one of the only ones up at the moment!

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @Dan: I am using DVI. No DisplayPort on my current ATI HD 4870 display card.

    @Chris: The camera setting is the same for all the photos. However, I think the metering system makes the colour different a bit.

    Shooting Mode – Manual Exposure, Evaluative Metering, 1/30 sec exposure, F/7.1 and ISO 400.

  • choen

    Keep your WB the same. i.e don’t use AWB.

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  • Kenneth Chiew

    Hi Jayce,

    Thank you for the review of the U2410f. Currently I’m using the Dell 2407WFP and considering to purchase the U2410f as a 2nd monitor using Dualview mode.

    I wonder where can I buy the U2410f as local Dell website does not offer it for sale. By the way, how long has the U2410f in local market?

    Hope to hear from you soon, and keep up the good works.

    Thank you.

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @Kenneth Chiew: It is under Small & Medium Business. Wait for Friday. Dell update the pricing that day every week. It is priced at RM1799 right now. Hopefully tomorrow will have special discount ~ RM200 and make the price to RM1599 again. :)

  • Nat

    Hi Joyce,
    Do you the think the price will go down further ?It’s still RM1799..

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @Nat: Not sure. My friend said that Dell usually have promotion during quarter end. Wait until Christmas if can. ;)

  • Shawn

    Hi Jayce, I believed your U2410 doesn’t have any tinting/panel consistency problems? As in on white/lighter backgrounds the right is pinkish and the left is green. Do you suffer such problem?

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @Shawn: So far no pinkish and green issue.

  • Shawn

    Thanks for the prompt reply, do you mind to take a picture of your screen with a all white background? i just wanna do some comparison. thanks :D

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  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @Shawn: I updated the review with white background screen shot.

  • Adam

    Thanks for the review. On http://www.digitalversus.com/article-357-6292-88.html they had the following comment:

    “Contrast is the main weakness of IPS technology. At 200 cd/m², the screen has as ratio of around 670:1, compared to 2800:1 on the Samsung SyncMaster F2380, which uses a C-PVA panel. As a result, black areas tend toward dark grey. Equally, as we’re used to another monitors, there is noticeable clouding, and poor upscaling, because there is no real image correction chip.”

    What have you found? I do a lot of black and white photo work, so accurate blacks are important to me.

  • Shawn

    Once again thanks Jayce, ummm so there’s good panel uniformity exist in U2410 and with Dell Malaysia, im gonna “keep” getting replacement until i get a proper one.

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @Adam: I don’t have colorimeter to test the black colour. Can’t comment on it. Sorry…

    @Shawn: Wish you good luck on getting a better one. :)

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  • Gena

    So after reading through all this and researching monitors for the past few days (my head hurts) Is this a good monitor if you do graphic design? I know the TN screens are not and that IPS are the way to go.

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

      It is still not like the high end NEC monitors but it is good enough for me. IPS definitely better than TN.

  • mario

    I just received mine. Was expecting better for all the rave reviews it has received. It’s about the same image quality as the Doublesight 26″ I purchased about a year and half ago. The Dell is a slight improvement, but I was expecting more. The graininess bothers me. I code more than I design and I can honestly say it barely gets a passing grade for normal text work. I’ve used cheaper Acer panels that were 1/3 of this price that have better text quality.

  • alex

    ugh, i just got mine and it has the green/pink tint. its assembled in mexico rev a00(oct 09), btw i live in mexico yet i paid over 200 usd shipping and tariff and took two weeks to arrive!!! wtf???

    i hope dell will replace mine for a new one

  • Macgyver

    What about the Dell-2209 WA. Very much cheaper, 1000Rm cheaper. Is it good gor graphics?

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

      It has lower resolution. Not sure good for graphics or not. Don’t have it, can’t comment much.

      • Macgyver

        Is the Dell u2410’s screen is glossy? Can’t find it stated in the specs.

        • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

          Nope. It is matte screen.

  • Cristian

    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?

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

      Text is sharp to me so far. And no noise on 10% brightness that I am using.

  • Bengt

    Hi!
    I have a Dell 2408WFP and wonder how this new Dell screen compares to the 2048 in the following:

    1) Is the new monitor quiet? My 2408WFP is very quiet. No hum. No high tone. I tested a Samsung and it had such noises. (I have a very quiet environment so I easily notice even low such sounds).
    2) My 2048 can be pulled down so that there is only about 3 cm (ca 1 inch) between the screen and the table in landscape mode. (This is important to me to avoid getting tired in my neck having to look up).

    So what about the noise of this new Dell and how low can it be pulled down?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Bengt

      Ops sorry, It should of course be 2408 in all places – not 2048. So sorry!!

      • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

        My U2410 can go until 4cm only. And the only noise that I can hear is from my chassis fan. ;)

        • Bengt

          Is, that what you show in the “Landscape Mode” picture above – just below “Viewing Angles”. Or can the monitor go lower?

          • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

            That should be not being the lowest (if not mistaken).

            • Bengt

              You mean the screen can go a bit lower than in that picture?

              • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

                Yes. Just verified again. It can be lower a bit.

  • Bengt

    I cannot hear my chassis fans :-)
    I use an antec p182 chassis where I have replaced the fans with Scythe S-flex 1200 fans and also have them speed regulated with a Zalman regulator. That makes my chassis ultra quiet – I cannot hear the fans.

  • alex

    ok, so i just got my replacement today. it is much better. still has a very slight hue shift in standard. im wondering if i should stick with it or ask for another replacemet. no dead/stuck pixels here (neither did the first). the new one is also a rev a00, assembled in mexico

  • Wildta

    Do not buy this monitor yet until they fix some problems. The sRGB and Adobe RGB presets have dithering issues (google black level testing and you should see the dithering problem when switching in between presets, also google dithering and u2410). It also has pink/green tinting issues. You can test this by putting up an all gray image and the tining problem is easily discernible. You can google the tinting issue too.

    My monitor has both of these problems. This is a professional level monitor that suffers from low class monitor issues.

    Good notes are that the touch buttons on the side are very cool along with the stand.

    I highly recommend you refrain from purchasing this up until Dell responds to these issues. I got screwed and got the first version, learn from me and wait for at least the second revision.

    Btw, I got my monitor just yesterday (12-12-2010).

  • alex

    ok, my replacement monitor flickers (as in turns on and off by itself). tried it thru displayport, dvi, vga thru two different computers, on three different power circuits.

    will call dell for yet another replacement.

    anyone considering purchasing this monitor for work should seriously other options

    • Bengt

      “should seriously other options”
      Good idea – but what are those other options?
      I had hell with my first 2408WFP and got it replaced and then replaced and now it is (well touch wood) excellent. Quiet and good picture (well touch wood again :-) )
      What other options are there? I have for instance looked at Samsung but they are noisy and I do not think they have a good picture.
      So it is easy to say “should seriously other options” but what serious options do we have?
      Finding a 2408FWP on ebay?

      • alex

        yeah, that should read “seriously consider other options”

        youre right about there not being much of a choice for a new 16:10 ips panel with multiple inputs at a decent price.

        personally, im thinking of ponying up for a 30″ if my next replacement has flaws.

        ironically, itll probably be a dell…

  • Bengt

    Is there anyone out there that has compared the previous 2408WFP with this new Dell screen?
    Reviews and/or personal experience?
    Compared how quiet it is, colors, stability etc etc?

  • alex

    if anyone is still reading this, i finally got my 5th!!! replacement. all prior ones had the green/pink tint. the fourth was a refurb which i honestly did not even try. i jsut flat our refused it- even though it was a rev a01. there was a sticker over “a00″ that read “a01″. my fifth monitor just arrrived today, brand new in box- rev a01 (stenciled) dec 09 mexico. best part- no green/pink tint. took me three months and 5 replacements and about 10 hours on the phone but i think i finally got what i wanted……..just when the 2711 hits the market

    • Bengt

      Alex, is it still running fine?

      • alex

        the last monitor they sent me is functioning fine to this day after about 10hrs of use a day.

        i did detect one stuck pixel in the upper right corner but i think i will stick with this one to avoid yet another exchange

  • Dax

    Thinking of buying this to double as a TV for my PS2 and pc monitor, mainly for gaming use.
    Do you guys recommend U2410 for games ?

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

      Using it to play PC games most of the time. No issue so far. But PS2 graphics is a little bit poor via TV cable (old product). PS3 should work fine on HDMI. :)

  • Bengt

    Sure we are reading!
    But the confusion is not getting less confused . . . .

    What 24″ to buy? I certainly do not look forward to purchasing Dell if that means getting the screen replaced five times. . . .

    Anyone out there with knowledge? Sure need some advice here.

  • Tim

    Jayce, can you do me a favour and push the edges of the matte surface in? Mine goes in slightly when pushed. Just wondering if it’s the same for all U2410s.

    • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

      Never try that until you ask me. Tested. Found out both top edges do go in very slightly. No issue on bottom. Is that a concern for you?

      • Tim

        It’s a slight concern as I bought a refurbished unit. I’m wondering if someone could have swapped the panels. Do people do that? Or am I being paranoid?

        • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

          Refurbished? Yes, they can change to a new panel and put it in old bazel. Then arrive at your door. As long as it is warranty, no need to worry much, right?

  • Ted

    My understanding is the U2410 has a matte screen as opposed to a glossy screen. I have a glossy screen now and really like it. I thought glossy was the new thing, maybe I’m wrong. Is there a preference for a matte screen, or why does Dell have on one on the U2410?

    • Bengt

      Glossy screens can give unwanted reflexes from light sources. This causes strain
      on the eyes when they try to compensate for this.
      This is probably not much of a problem if you watch movies or play fast games but if you use
      the screen for work such as writing, drawing etc this can be a big problem if you happen to have lightsources in the “wrong” places.
      This problem is much less evident with matte screens.
      Thus I for instance strongly prefer matte screens because I mostly use my screen for work.