"Phenomenal monitor for the price..."4.5 starson by 8IronBob
Pros: Dell really has it made, bells and whistles are almost like an HDTV in terms of connectivity, bright and crisp, and clear picture. Totally customizable picture settings, and loads of fun stuff to do.
Cons: Even tho the contrast ratio is nice, I really don't see a deep black level on here, which is somewhat disappointing. I know it's an LCD, but S-PVA technology usually allows for the squid-ink black levels, hopefully I find some calibrations soon.
Summary: Nice gaming monitor, has a game mode in the presets, without a doubt, this is far better than the monitor that it replaced (Samsung SyncMaster T240). No dead pixels that I can see, and it seems to be pretty good in picture quality, albeit it's still in "torch" mode that it shipped with. I'll have to figure out how to make the picture more natural. If anyone can help me with that, that would be very much appreciated. Other than that, this is definitely worth every penny of that extra premium for what it can do.Now that I look at the calibration further, the black levels are now VERY deep, but the backlighting does flucuate from time to time, which can be pretty distracting at times. It's still a great monitor. I'd compare this display to the Sony KDL-32XBR6 in terms of picture quality and features. I'm assuming that the calibration may be similar, too.
Updated on Mar 6, 2009