I normally do not post any new product announcements, but this one got me excited. I personally own and love two 24″ Dell UltraSharp U2410 monitors in dual monitor configuration, as I pointed in my “best monitors for photography” article. A couple of days ago, Dell announced a new wide gamut 24″ IPS display with LED backlight, the Dell UltraSharp U2412M, which sports some very impressive features at only $399 retail price. That’s a great price, because 24″ IPS panels typically cost $500+.
The Dell U2412M boasts a 1920×1200 resolution and has a 2 million:1 contrast ratio, in addition to 8ms response time and 82% wide color gamut coverage (the color gamut coverage on the older U2410 is 110%).
Here are the technical specifications from the unit:
- Diagonal Viewable Size: 24″ (60.96 cm) viewable area
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:10)
- Panel Type, Surface: IPS (In-Plane Switching), anti glare with hard coat 3H
- Optimal Resolution: 1920×1200 at 60 Hz
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (typical), 2,000,000:1 (dynamic)
- Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 2 million:1 (Max)
- Brightness: 300 cd/m2 (typical)
- Response Time: 8ms (gray to gray) Typical
- Max Viewing Angle (vertical/horizontal): 178º / 178º
- Color Support: 16.7 million colors
- Color Gamut: 82% (CIE 1976)
- Pixel Pitch: 0.27 mm
- Device Type: Widescreen Flat Panel Display
- 1 Digital Visual Interface connectors (DVI-D) with HDCP
- 1 DisplayPort(DP)
- 1 Video Graphics Array (VGA)
- 1 USB 2.0 upstream port
- 4 USB 2.0 downstream ports
- DC power connector for Dell Soundbar
Dell already has these available for online ordering. If you are thinking of upgrading your monitor, but do not want to spend a lot of money, the U2412M sounds like it will be a great choice for everyday photography needs. Don’t forget to grab a good color-calibration unit like Spyder3Pro if you buy a new monitor or if you do not already have one. See my “how to calibrate your monitor” article for further details on monitor calibration.