Dell U2412M – a great new monitor for photographers

Dell UltraSharp U2412M 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:

  1. Diagonal Viewable Size: 24″ (60.96 cm) viewable area
  2. Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:10)
  3. Panel Type, Surface: IPS (In-Plane Switching), anti glare with hard coat 3H
  4. Optimal Resolution: 1920×1200 at 60 Hz
  5. Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (typical), 2,000,000:1 (dynamic)
  6. Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 2 million:1 (Max)
  7. Brightness: 300 cd/m2 (typical)
  8. Response Time: 8ms (gray to gray) Typical
  9. Max Viewing Angle (vertical/horizontal): 178º / 178º
  10. Color Support: 16.7 million colors
  11. Color Gamut: 82% (CIE 1976)
  12. Pixel Pitch: 0.27 mm
  13. Device Type: Widescreen Flat Panel Display

Connectivity Options

  1. 1 Digital Visual Interface connectors (DVI-D) with HDCP
  2. 1 DisplayPort(DP)
  3. 1 Video Graphics Array (VGA)
  4. 1 USB 2.0 upstream port
  5. 4 USB 2.0 downstream ports
  6. 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.


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Comments

  1. I have a U2410 at work and wanted two for home but these look like pretty good panels.

  2. Great price for a 24″ IPS screen. 0.27mm pixel pitch is perfect for my eyes. Too bad it doesn’t get to 100% sRGB coverage though. Interestingly, I haven’t seen an LED backlit screen that does yet. I personally would either spend more for your U2410 or less for a cheaper 8-bit TN screen, but I’m sure this is a perfect compromise for someone out there.

    I have three 24″ HP ZR24w’s that cover 100% sRGB and I absolutely love them. 90% of the real estate and product photography I do goes to web anyway, and so 100% sRGB was more important to me than a wider gamut for printing. I got them from Digital Tigers with a really nice stand and bar to mount them on. Highly recommend them for multi-monitor setups if you are going for more than two and don’t mind spending a little more for asthetics. I think they replaced my HP ZR24w model with your Dell U2410 now though, as it’s a little newer with more features and higher color gamut. http://www.digitaltigers.com/zenview-trioelite.asp

    Here are some photos my wife took of me assembling the mount: http://galleries.aaronpriestphoto.com/Computers/2010-11-04/

    • 3
      ) MarkL

      My 2 y/o Sony Vaio laptop (VGN-AW190) with a 18.4″ screen features 137% colour gamut relative to NTSC (u’ v’ axis measurement) and is back-lit (3 LEDs, actually).

      sRGB has a fairly narrow gamut space. It goes like this: sRGB < AdobeRGB < NTSC. 72% of NTSC is roughly equivalent to 100% of the sRGB color gamut, so 137% is pretty neat :)

      • Come to think of it, my Sager NP5125 (a.k.a. Clevo B5100M) has a very good 1080p 15.4″ RGB LED backlit panel that has always calibrated quite nicely with my Color Spyder 3. I have no idea who the panel manufacturer is or what it’s specifications are, but by outward appearances it is very good. My only issues are that it isn’t big enough and it has a glossy finish. :-) Size I got on purpose because my previous 17″ was just too dang heavy to lug around all day (hahaha), and the better LCD was not available in matte finish at the time. They now label the screen as “95% NTSC Color Gamut” in either surface finish on current models. I suspect both our laptops are still TN panels, though probably 8-bit with less dithering than 6-bit. I’m still unaware of an LED backlit IPS screen other than the Apple Cinema display or the iPhone and iPad devices, but none of them have a matte finish. How well does your Sony calibrate?

  3. 5
    ) MarkL

    It is a TN panel yet Sony didn’t spare a dime on the screen in this laptop, and 3 LED lights (the screen uses separate green/red/blue LEDs — Sony’s BRAVIA technology) render very accurate colors, on par with IPS monitors. The only obvious problem are slight color shifts when the screen is tilted far backward/forward; there’s just no away around it with TN panels. It calibrates well with my Spyder3 and I primarily purchased it to do photo processing on the go (the laptop has a built-in CF reader as bonus :), which it does beautifully. I will be replacing it in a year or so and so far haven’t found any other laptop that would match the quality of this screen; Sony no longer produces this model. Most of the photographers who I follow use Macbooks (w/anti-reflective screens) that calibrate well, and I heard Lenovo makes IPS screens but no local store carries them so that I could try them on the spot.

  4. 6
    ) simon

    How you call this wide gamut?
    It’s 82% CIE1976, which equals 72% CIE1931. Totally standard gamut.

    Don’t get me wrong, I disagree with all idiots who think wide gamut is good. For most people it is just a pain. I ALWAYS buy standard gamut monitors, to avoid all the troubles of misrepresented colors on wide gamut displays.

    So this looks like a great monitor.

  5. 7
    ) Anna

    Hi Nasim,
    Great articles on monitors. However, I’m wondering about what are the key attributes I should look for. Is it gamut? Is it resolution? Is it contrast ratio? How would you prioritize them?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Anna

  6. 8
    ) minosh

    hi, thanks for this review, but it’s the best monitor for photographer of the market for this price or are there better choices?

  7. 9
    ) name

    she is NOOOT a wide gamut monitor… is not great and definitely not the best monitor on the market for this price

  8. Is there an updated monitor out there now that’s the best “bang-for-the-buck” like this one was in 2011? Loving your site, thanks much!

  9. 11
    ) Ashwin

    Hi Nasim,

    This seems like a good monitor for its price, few queries though, My laptop has only HDMI port where as this monitor has DVI-D port and no HDMI. There are HDMI to DVI-D cable in the market to solve this problem, however they carry max of 1080p res and this monitor has 1920×1200 resolution. My queries are

    1. is there a pixle loss using such cable connection?

    2. How big a loss is this? I’m intending to purchase this solely for photo editing purpose (no videos) .

    I didn’t find any answer on net, waiting for your reply impatiently!!!

    Cheers!!!
    Ashwin

  10. 12
    ) Vinod Madabushi

    Hi Nasim, thanks for all the articles in this site. I enjoy reading all of it, they are extremely detailed and with in depth research.

    I’m looking to get a new monitor. I’m contemplating between Dell U2413 vs iMac. I just received the dell and comparing it to apple, it looks saturated but my prints closely match the dell.

    1. Does that mean dell u2413 is more color accurate?
    2. Does it make sense to consider iMac or should I be achieve good results with dell?
    3. Dell factory calibrated my monitor. Does it make sense to buy a spy set right away to calibrate it?
    4. Why does it look very saturated? Are those real colors and I’ve been looking at bad monitors all this time? I can send you over few pictures to get your opinion.

    Thanks and appreciate your reply..
    Vinod

  11. 13
    ) Chris

    2412M on sale at newegg and bphphoto – get them while they last.

  12. 14
    ) Chris

    I bought this from newegg today.

    Anyone using these currently?

    • 15
      ) Chris

      This looks like a e IPS panel and not true IPS.

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