Pros Blu-Ray movies and PS3 games look wonderful through HDMI. Nice crisp visuals. Better than I had expected for $349. No smudy shadowy text like the SP2208WFP. Viewing angles not too bad for a TN panel. Screen not reflective.
Cons 16:9 aspect ratio means it is wider than it is tall. Didn't bother me too much though. The extra viewing space is actually pretty nice. Design is kind of bland other than the rounded corners but if your like me then you care more about how it works.
Summary I read tons of negative reviews on the 22inch SP2208WFP but I bought it anyway just to see for myself what the fuss was about. Sure enough it had the smudgy shadowy text that everyone complained about. I tried everything to get rid of it but nothing worked.
Then low and behold the 24inch S2409 was introduced and amazingly it was price very near the smaller 22inch SP2208WFP. So I immediately returned it and bought the S2409 instead even though there weren't any reviews on it yet. However there were tons of skepticism from people even though they didn't own it. But I had to see for myself it was worth it. Yes its a TN panel, yes its price is too good to be true. But low and behold it lives up to the hype. Viewing angles are decent, HD content from Blu-Ray movies and PS3 games are very crisp and colorful. The smudgy and shadowy text was no where to be seen.
Its easy to see what Dell had to do to save money. The exterior design of this monitor is quite bland but it matters little to me since function is more important, the rounded corners adds a hint of style though. One minor issue is that since the buttons are built on the side of the LCD you end up accidentally pressing on them when you lift the monitor around. There are only three input options which is DVi, HDMI and VGA. Good enough for me. All in all I plan to keep mine.
"Very Happy so far"on by kentonv
Pros 24" screen! 1920x1080 (true HD/widescreen)
Cons none that I can see so far - (only had it 1 day so far)
Having a little height adjustment would be nice, but not a deal breaker. Most desks now have an elevated LCD monitor stand anyway, so you may not even need height adjustment capability.
Summary This is a great monitor for the price. I nearly didn't purchase it based on the text reviews provided by CNET, but then I watched the Video Review and did some more research and decided I would go ahead with my purchase.
Some things I want to note:
1) Under "The Bad" CNET indicates that this monitor "includes only a VGA cable" - which is not true. Everywhere else I looked the Package Contents description always said "includes VGA and DVI cables" Granted, the VGA cable that comes with the monitor is pre-attached, but the DVI cable is there nonetheless.
2) The Video Review attempts to show how "unstable" the base is - I don't purchase a monitor to knock it about the way it was demonstrated in the video - so I think the "unstable footstand" is also a bit misleading to potential buyers.
3) There is also mention of how connecting the DVI cable to the monitor can cause hand-cramping. I found that if I simply attached the DVI cable first then attached the Base I had plenty of room to work. I essentially reversed steps 2 and 3 in the Quick Setup Guide that was included with the monitor.
I purchased two of these monitors to replace my 2x 17" CRTs! I use two monitors for my video editing work and needed something that had enough screen real estate for all the windows I need on screen at one time. I'm very satisfied.
Pros -elegant design
-HDMI, DVI, and VGA
-Aduio IN/OUT (not listed on specs, but it's on the back of my monitor)
-No dead pixels
-great color and viewing angle
-ships with VGA and DVI cables
Cons -lack of USB hub, webcam/mic, and built in speakers
-doesn't ship with a HDMI cable
-inputs hard to access without laying the monitor screen-down
Summary I got the Dell S2409W because it had what I needed at a low price. I wanted to be able to hook my MacBook Pro, my HP TX2500z, and my Xbox 360. As the S2409W has 3 inputs (VGA, DVI, HDMI) I can plug all 3 in without much trouble. I will need external speakers for the Xbox360 but they are quite cheap these days.
The screen starts up quickly and is very responsive to resolution/input changes. Playing games on it is a joy and the screen is big enough that you can see all the details.
For the price, the Dell S2409W is hard to beat. It is big and has the 3 major video connections. It has a great picture and is very bright. If you don't need a webcam, extra USB ports, or built in speakers, the S2409W is hard to pass by.
Pros Nice colors, vivid picture
Cons Blotchy black levels, "halo" effect around edge of display where edge is grey when everything else is black, very bad customer support
Summary I'm posting this here because my review on the Dell site with images mysteriously isn't showing up among the glowing reviews. They obviously have a quality issue where some displays are really bad quality like mine and I'm on my fourth try trying to get an exchange setup. The first try, I was disconnected. (note I never curse at customer service reps, even if they are from a foreign country). The second try, after asking if I could e-mail pictures to illustrate my problem, the rep asked if I'd be on hold while he asked his supervisor how to get him the pictures. After 30 minutes waiting for him to return and my cell minutes racking up, I ended up giving up and hanging up, which I believe was his goal. Then I tried to go into an Online chat, but since it is a monitor, it doesn't have a Dell service ID, prevening me from being able toget help. I submitted a request for help through e-mail, but I had to put in a fake id of 1234567. It llowed me to get to the form to enter it, but it has now been 4 days and they promise to get back within 24 hours. I'm never recommending Dell to anyone again. Not becauseof the poor quality of my monitor (which does not have very goo black levels), but because of the poor customer service.
"very impressed"on by cphi
Pros bright, crystal clear, and plenty of on-screen real estate
Cons the wider 16:9 aspect ratio takes some adjustment and is not really as practical for computer use. it's certainly not as bad as I'd feared though. the stand is effectively unadjustable (although the fixed position is sensible)
Summary I use my monitor mainly for reading text on websites and pdfs while sitting at a desk. For this purpose, the monitor is almost perfect. The image is bright, and text is crystal clear. The viewing angle is not enormous but during normal use for me this is completely irrelevant. I had a Dell 2408WFP briefly before returning it. In terms of clarity of text, this monitor is infinitely superior. The aspect ratio is a bit of a pain but you do get used to it pretty quickly. I don't play games or watch movies on it and am no judge of color balances so can't comment on these. For general browsing and work though, I am *very* happy.