Pros Major Dithering Issues, Major Tinting Issues
Cons Cool Touch Buttons, Cool Stand, Nice Image except for the two major problems above
Summary Do not buy this monitor yet until they fix some problems. The sRGB and Adobe RGB presets have dithering issues (google black level testing and you should see the dithering problem when switching in between presets, also google dithering and u2410). It also has pink/green tinting issues. You can test this by putting up an all gray image and the tinting problem is easily discernible. You can google the tinting issue too.
My monitor has both of these problems. This is a professional level monitor that suffers from low class monitor issues.
Good notes are that the touch buttons on the side are very cool along with the stand.
I highly recommend you refrain from purchasing this up until Dell responds to these issues. I got screwed and got the first version, learn from me and wait for at least the second revision.
Btw, I got my monitor just recently (12-12-2010) and it was manufactured in Nov 2009 in Mexico.
Pros Color reproduction on this monitor is excellent. Viewing angles also excellent. I don't know what the reviewer is complaining about in terms of viewing angles, they are fine.
Neither of the U2410s I received had any tint issues.
Cons The monitor I have is a replacement, it's predecessor had a pixel issue. Dell's customer service was exceptional however, and hassle free, so I don't really consider it a 'con' but thought I would mention it.
Summary So, is this monitor 'perfect'? Such a statement is ridiculous. Is there a perfect CCFL backlit 24" IPS monitor? Probably not. You could get close with an Eizo, LaCie or such, but the cost will run well over $1000. You can get a U2410 for $500 or less if you watch for sales. So are the very minor imperfections - which you may not even notice, such as the dithering in RGB modes - worth spending double? I would say no.Update - Now that I have had this monitor longer, I am considering returning it. The dithering IS noticeable in some applications. Comparing this monitor to the Viewsonic VX2025wm it is replacing, the graininess of the anti-glare coating is far more pronounced.
Bottom line is that every monitor will have its flaws when you look very closely. Any review on this site will pull up monitors with cons. None are 'perfect'. The pursuit of such should be left to Lexus, we'll check in on them in a decade or so and see if they're any closer. The real issue is - will those cons hamper my experience? I am running the monitor in Adobe RGB mode and I have yet to notice the dithering in any application - whether desktop or game. I have no tint issues and I am guessing many others do not as well. This review states that the monitor has a 'pink tint issue'. Perhaps a more factually correct statement would be 'some monitor users have reported a pink/green tint issue' as I am guessing there are many - like myself - with no tint issues whatsoever.
For the money, this monitor is likely the best in its class. The picture quality is fantastic! Just thought I would shed some perspective on this review as I feel it is a tad unbalanced.
Updated on Nov 18, 2009
Dell is apparently writing a firmware update for the dithering, but you must send in your monitor to Dell to get it flashed (updated). This means you do not get your own monitor back, you get a refurbished one.
For a monitor of this quality and price range, it seems Dell has indeed dropped the ball on this one. I'm not sure how the dithering got past quality checks for release. If you have a tint-free monitor as I do, you will risk getting one with tint issues when you submit it for a firmware update. Dell is NOT addressing the green/pink tint issue at this time.
If I could change the five stars to three in this review, I would.
Pros Large, colorful (haha). Excellent controls
Cons On a white background, the color is green/blue on the left side of the monitor and pinkish on the right side (split down the center). If you do any photo or video editing at all, this is a no go.
Summary I would not purchase this monitor. Some batches may be good, but I got a bad one. At this price level, an LCD monitor should be near perfect. I heard about this problem prior to purchase, but the reviews were 7 months old. You'd think they'd have fixed the problem by now. Nope. Dell technical support has long wait times and the technicians will do everything they can to avoid having you return the monitor.
Pros Very sharp.
Cons Banding issues in dark grays, greens, browns, etc.
Summary Try before you buy! Definitely, don't use with a Macintosh until you check for banding. Sorry, Dell, you should have done your full testing before sending this monitor out the door.This monitor has highly noticeable banding issues. I received four (4, 1 original, 3 replacements) and all had the same problem. Go to Dell's forum for further info:
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Updated on Jan 3, 2010
Pros Beautiful display if you get a good one, lots of connections and features.
Cons Problems with quality control.
Summary Purchased this monitor about 2 months ago - have had 2 replacements shipped making a total of 3 that I have seen. All were revision A02 manufactured Oct 2010 in Mexico. The first had the much talked about green left pink / right tint issue. I tried to talk myself into just getting used to it - but decided that I couldn't. I calibrate my monitors and use them for photo editing so it wasn't much good for that, and even for general windows use I found it very irritating. The second monitor did not have the color problem - I was really pleased. Sadly, after about a day, it started cycling on and off every few seconds when in power save mode. Called customer support hoping they might have a way to get into the firmware and adjust the sensitivity, or ?.. - I really didn't want to go through the replacement monitor process again as I was concerned I would get another green/pink one. I did agree to have them send another monitor - the tint issue was glaringly worse than the first one. I returned monitor 3 and have kept the second one with the defective power save mode. I am trying to learn to turn off the monitor when I leave the computer (it's been about 15 years since I had a monitor that could not automatically be shut down by the computer). Otherwise the monitor does look good and has some nice features. Dell's customer service was good, but I can't recommend buying one of these unless you are prepared to deal with the hassle, or like to gamble.