The features and design of a display are important factors to consider while making the purchase decision, however, the most important factor, other than the price, is of course the display's performance. And, here, too the Dell UltraSharp U2412M doesn’t disappoint. We started off the performance tests after first calibrating it using a Datacolour Spyder colorimeter. The device is handy for calibrating displays and it can also be used as a tool for testing monitors. We, for example, used it also for measuring the deviations in the brightness levels across different areas of the display. The test involves measuring the brightness levels of the screen at different points. On an average, the biggest deviation noticed was 10 percent, which isn’t too bad, as compared to some of the monitors we’ve been testing lately.
Stand that allows rotation and swivel as well
We switched on DisplayMate to test the display’s ability to render colours and detail on the screen and we found viewing angles to be great. Normally, some displays show slight green or reddish tints in place of grey blocks, but we found no such issue with the UltraSharp U2412M. The black intensity test, which renders blocks at increasing intensities of grey worked well. We were able to identify all the blocks very clearly in this. In the dark screen test, we found the backlighting to be even across the display, except for a small patch on the left top and one on the right bottom. The right edge of the display also shows a bright area. This is only visible when you turn off all the lights in the room.
Colour scales were almost perfect and all the shades were perfect, on both the bright and dark ends of the spectrum. Viewing angles aren’t an issue. It’s only that the display, even with its matte finish has a slight reflection, which shows clearly.
A slightly updated design with curved edges and corners
720p videos as well as 1080p videos with 60 fps appear smooth and the colours appeared natural, despite the slight saturation issues we noticed in Displaymate. Detail was constant all through the test scenes. For example, dark scenes didn’t appear washed out, but the darker areas were detailed and didn’t black out like some of the displays that we’ve seen in the past. Skin tone of the actors and actresses also appeared natural without any kind of oversaturation.
The Dell UltraSharp U2412M, as it turns out is a brilliant monitor. Priced at Rs. 23,000 in India, the U2412M is a tad pricier than some IPS panels out there. There are a few things, however that make this display stand out - excellent performance in both detail and colours - play a major part. But we wish the minor backlighting wasn’t present.
The display to get if you' don't mind a little compromise in performance
The design is attractive and the build quality is sturdy enough to last quite some time. The 1920x1200 pixel resolution also means that you get additional workspace and the flexible stand offers a variety of possibilities as far as display orientations are concerned. If you’re looking for the best you can get for roughly the Rs. 20,000 price bracket, then this UltraSharp U2412M is it.
Updated 20 May, 2013, 5:43 pm IST
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