Dell S2409W review:

Dell S2409W

We got a huge surprise when we looked at World of Warcraft on the Dell S2409W; it looked crisp, colorful, and darn near perfect running at 1,920x1,080. WoW looks great on pretty much every monitor we test, however, we do want to point out a viewing angle problem. Unfortunately, viewing the game from a lower-than-optimal viewing angle made the screen darken to the point that graphic details of the game could not be seen--typical of most TN panels. See the paragraph at the bottom of this section for more details on viewing angle.

When watching our favorite test scenes in the Kill Bill Vol. 1 DVD on the Dell S2409W, what we noticed most was that its performance was virtually identical to the BenQ E2400HD's. Colors were vibrant, but didn't have the same kind of pop like we saw with the Apple LED Cinema Display. The blacks were deep without losing any dark details in dark scenes. We didn't notice any streaking or ghosting, and the screen remained sharp for a DVD.

The 1080p Blu-ray version of House of Flying Daggers looked great for the same reasons stated above; however, we did not notice any quality advantage to the screen's 16:9 aspect ratio.

The best settings we determined for watching games and movies on the Dell S2409W, was Standard preset mode, with a contrast of 65, and the brightness set however high your eyes can take. We settled on an 87 for brightness.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. Both the Dell S2409W and the BenQ E2400HD displays use TN panels, and when they are viewed from the side angles, the screens appeared to only darken slightly. When viewed from the bottom the screen darkened immediately but not as dramatically as some smaller monitors like the Gateway HD1900 and the Samsung SyncMaster 953BW. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

Juice box
Dell S2409W Average watts per hour
On (Default Luminance) 36.1
On (Max Luminance) 41.58
On (Min Luminance) 18.11
Sleep 0.84
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 33.08
Score Fair
Annual energy cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $11.35

Brightness (in cd/m2)
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Dell S2409W
BenQ E2400HD
HP w2408h True Color Widescreen

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Service and support
Dell backs the S2409W with great coverage, including a three-year parts-and-labor warranty that covers the backlight. It also offers support through a 24-7 toll free number, 24-7 Web chat, and fast 24- to 48-hour turnaround e-mail. Navigating Dell's site and finding the drivers, product manual, and quick guide was simple and easy.

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