"Great Value for Money!"4.5 starson by David-Tipton
Pros: Good build quality, plastic is fairly solid and the stand is sturdy.
Image quality is very pleasing.
Settings very easily managed.
Plenty of connections.
Cons: No HDMI connection.
No Display-port connection lead included.
Summary: I've only had this for a few days, but so far so good.
This appears to be very good. it obviously doesn't have the same feel as the Apple display which is made of glass and aluminium as its made of plastic, but it certainly doesn't feel like it costs 1/4 of the money. The plastic is fairly solid and the stand is sturdy without much wobble unless you put it up really high but then thats silly anyway. The fact it rotates is also a nice feature.
The display is actually very nice to look at visually (as in with screen turned off) there is a thin bezel and nicely rounded corners. Along with the matt textured plastic makes it overall very easy on the eye. I have it on a white desk with my Mac Mini and it by no means looks out of place and doesn't look like its only to be used in an office with no sense of humour.
Now for the bit that matters, the cream in the eclair, the batteries in the xbox controller, the...you get the point
The image quality is very pleasing. I was deciding between this and the Dell U2410, and as a photographer I was very tempted by the wide colour gamut of the u2410, but as well as showing more colours it tends to have more problems, for example colours looking over saturated on non wide gamut material. And as I generally shoot in jpeg (saving RAW for special things) an sRGB monitor is fine for my purpose and unless the wide gamut is REALLY necassary then you would be better off with this (u2412) plus a display calibrator than the u2410.
There is almost no backlight bleed at all and is only there when viewing an all black screen and being intently looked for. in operation it is neither noticeable or distracting. when viewing all very dark screens from an angle then you get IPS glow which is common with almost all IPS screens.
The resolution is very nice with things looking sharp,and having 1200 vertical pixels is very nice. Furthrmore the colour reproduction is amazing, and I have been seeing new insight into my photos and noticing things which weren't there before (part of the photo which I hadn't before noticed) I am yet to calibrate it but looking at test images, for example testcard F the colours are accurate and also looking at colour charts etc.
The OSD is very nice to use with simple button system and everything available. I would recommend turning the brightness down on this monitor to avoid eye strain.
Mac compatibility is very good. I am currently typing this from my 2012 mac mini connected to the u2412 via apples HDMI to DVI adapter plus a DVI cable (included with the monitor) and there are no problems with it running full resolution, although I will move to display port when I can be bothered to get a cable.
The anti glare coating is not as bad as some other dells, from what Ive been told about them. On this monitor it is just about noticeable (more easily on large spaces of white on the screen) but it is not overpowering and is text is perfectly readable, so to make it clear you can just about notice it but it is not intrusive and doesnt affect the viewing pleasure of the monitor.
Personally I am a fan of glossy monitors so a glossy one would be nice but this is fine for me
I am very pleased with this as a purchase. For the money I think that it would be extremely difficult to match, let alone beat. the e-ips panel, although doesn't show a wide gamut, shines (not literally). I know some photographers would argue that wide gamut is essential, for most photographers, especially without endless money like myself, this is a great monitor and seems highly capable. Lastly, for cheap price of this monitor, I suggest check at: Monitorreviewsbuy.com/buy-dell-ultrasharp-u2412m/
I hope my review is helpful, good luck!