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Dell Ultrasharp 24 (U2417H) is a good monitor with a great arm

This inexpensive general-purpose display is easy to assemble and use, with an excellent antiglare display.

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Dells sticking together

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Nonreflective

Even with the lights in the studio it only showed minimal glare. The flip side of the matte screen is that it can look low contrast under some circumstances. The ultrathin bezel is a mixed blessing: It looks nice, but the panel-to-chassis connection seems so fragile.

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Mount and connect

The display snaps into the mounting place, and you release it by pressing the button. The connector section is really well designed. Many monitors have a deep recess where it's impossible to maneuver, but the indent makes it easy to feel your way around. Even better, when it's on the arm you can position it so that you can actually see the connectors. Or you can rotate it vertically to get to them more easily.

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Connectors

From left to right: HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort,DisplayPort output, audio out, USB hub input, two USB 3.0 connectors.

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2 USB on the side

One of which supports full-time device charging.

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Main menu

Navigating the onscreen display is simple and clear. The buttons are a little small, though -- you can see them on the bottom of the display below the navigation aid.

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Presets and color controls

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Clamp it

You attach the arm mount to a desk or table with a screw clamp. It's a really nice solution if you need to move the monitor around a lot. The drawback with it is you need a decent amount of depth; for instance, I couldn't attach it to the front or back of this desk because there isn't enough of a gap between the front of the tabletop and the stand it's attached to.

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Putting it together

The display's cables feed through the arm and you cover them up with the Dell cover that snaps in.

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Cable control

This is actually a pretty neat idea for managing the cables, but it only works if you rarely turn the arm. The cover tends to pop out if the cables get jostled.

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Mounting the display on the arm

Plus, the top of my head.

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All set up

Threading the cables through the arm makes it look very tidy.

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Adjusting the angle

You can rotate and tilt it with a single hand, though I'm using two here.

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Ball joint

The arm moves along all its axes very smoothly, and has sufficient tension to hold the display in position.

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Tilted back all the way

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Tilted forward all the way

Although it's hard to see how little it tilts forward because of the angle of the photo.

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Barely contained cables

The cables tend to gang up and pop off the bottom of the cover.

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Rotating

The arm rotates left and right. Disembodied hand sold separately.

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Low down

The arm can hold the monitor pretty low down.

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