Pros For the price this is a good monitor for normal users but if accurate colour and contrast is a concern for you, think twice about buying this monitor.
Cons I had a couple of dead pixels on this monitor right out of the box. The top to bottom viewing angle is poor and makes it difficult to work accurately with graphics and photography editing.
Summary I bought one of these monitors around January 2009. I thought I got a good deal with a sale direct from Dell but I?m very disappointed, mostly with the viewing angle. The colour and contrast changes dramatically from top to bottom. I also have a couple of dead pixels (to the side thankfully). I do a lot of graphics and photography work and this monitor is basically useless for that. Lots of bells and whistles for the money but a very average monitor. Photographers/graphic designers beware.
Pros Huge resolution, integrated webcam and microphones, slick and intuitive touch controls, flexible, great colors and brightness, tons of connections, and great aesthetics.
Cons Less than perfect viewing angles, glossy bezel can sometimes glare.
Summary This is an excellent display which, for the price I paid ($270 US), is one of the best deals online. I've had no buzzing or dead pixels, and have great connections from both DVI and VGA. Once calibrated, the colors stand out marvelously. As noted in the review, the acceptable viewing angle is rather narrow, and the display bezel give off a somewhat annoying sheen from the gloss. Other than that, however, this monitor more than gets the job done for a price that won't take a chunk out of your wallet.
Pros This monitor has a very beautiful, sharp display and has an easy-to-use menu.
Cons However, it buzzes intolerably if not set on 100% brightness. The first monitor I had (I've had 3) shuts off after an hour and the only way to get it to stay on is to reduce the brightness setting and put up with the loud buzz.
Summary I love the display and functionality but cannot tolerate the loud buzz. Dell has not been helpful in resolving the issue so I'm not sure where to go from here. . .
Pros The overall look of the monitor is nice (until turned on), I had been looking for a larger glossy screen to replace my NEC 20WMGX2 glossy for a while. Unfortunately this monitor is definitely NOT it.
Cons Color quality is bad, especially blues. All solid colors have obvious intensity change from top to bottom. No way to position to avoid.
2 areas of dead pixels, one upper-right. Second is a group. At least 3 dead in middle, reduced intensity surround.
Summary For the right price, this monitor could meet some peoples needs. However, any reasonable expectation of color accuracy - even for just watching movies or playing games - should be tossed out the window.
This is my first LCD ever with dead pixels on arrival, and it has two groups of them. This is also my first monitor from Dell. Any correlation there?
If you're looking for a glossy monitor like I was, there are very few options in sizes above 20". I'm still debating a move to an LCD TV as an alternative to this monitor (jumping to 32"+ is not something I really wanted to do - not necessarily due to price, I just didn't want to go THAT big).
Pros All around best for lcd class, great Blue Ray playback
Cons Normal preset makes colors a bit on the flourescent side, slight green horizonal bar on bottom of screen during blue ray playback. Text could be sharper.
Summary I've owned it for a month now. The ergonomic touch controls for the menu is very impressive, although sometimes the beeping from the monitors speakers can be annoying.
HD Blue Ray movies look really good on this monitor, although periodically on the bottom edge I've noticed a slim green bar (could this be the back lighting problem that the cnet review mentioned?) I only see it during Blue Ray playbacks.
The resolution is impressive compared to others, unfortunately these lcd monitors all have their setbacks and problems. I set out to get the best, and this is the closest I could find. I'm also a computer programmer and needed my text to be clear during regular usage. I had to increase the sharpness well beyond the normal preset to get it to look right without being too blurry. The colors also are on the more flourescent side during normal pc usage (non HD viewing), although not too bad so that you can't easily get used to it.
All in all it's the best I could find, I really wish the selection was better out there, or even there were higher end, more expensive versions available but I couldn't find any. All and all it's a great monitor, I even think it's better than the supposed #1 cnet pick. The response times are also much better on this as well.