CNET First Look
Dell ST2310The ST2310 has a low price and is good for everyday tasks, but it lacks some of the extra features included with similarly priced displays.
^M00:00:03 >> Mr. Franklin: Hi, everyone. This is Eric Franklin of cnet.com. Today we're taking a first look at the dell ST2310. With the ST's narrow circular foot stand the display wobbles and slides considerably when knocked but surprisingly never felt too unstable. The screen has a slightly frosty matte finish with an antiglare coating. Unfortunately, the screen height isn't adjustable and there isn't a screen rotation or pivot option for portrait mode. The capability to tilt the screen back 20 degrees is the only ergonomic option included. Connection options include HDMI, VGA, and DVI. All connections sit on the back in the lower right-hand side of the panel and face downward. Connecting the ports almost requires that you lay the panel down on its screen in order to cleanly access them. The ST uses Dell's very, very user friendly and intuitive menu system. You'll get the usual suspects when it comes to options with brightness, contrast, and various color options. You'll also get a huge number of presets from movies to games to sports. We used the ST2310's movie preset to check out a few movies on the display. We found that while the overall color of flesh tones was close to accurate, details like snow and white fabric was darker than we wanted and almost looked gray in comparison to say the Samsung SyncMaster XL2370. In games we noticed no signs of input lag or streaking or ghosting during fast movement. However, games could have benefited from a brighter image which the ST2310 couldn't deliver. In power consumption the Dell will cost you about $6.50 per year to run compared to say the Asus V236h's $14 per year to run and the LED based Samsung SyncMaster XL2370's $10 per year to run. The Dell ST2310 has a price of $229 but can currently be found on Dell's site for a low $180 making it one of the cheapest 23 inchers we've yet seen. Unfortunately, its relatively low brightness keeps its performance in movies and games at bay. And it's lack of ergonomic options and extras like USB ports and built-in speakers relegates it to the good-for-everyday-task category. Once again this is Eric Franklin. This has been the first look at the Dell ST2310. ^M00:02:26 [ Music ] ^M00:02:33