Dell UltraSharp U2410 review:

Dell UltraSharp U2410

Playing Unreal Tournament 3 and World of Warcraft on the Dell looked great at a 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution and the display showed no signs of ghosting or input lag. Compared with the 2408WFP, the U2410 exhibited deeper and richer color in both games.

We also looked at some high-resolution photos and found the colors were natural and vibrant, proving that the two aren't mutually exclusive.

When viewing dark gray colors, in the sRGB and Adobe RGB presets, we noticed apparent static dithering. We didn't see this dithering on the 2408WFP in its SRGB mode. We only saw this dithering on the two aforementioned presets and did not see a hint of it in the others.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front of it, 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 made to be viewed only at that angle. Depending on its panel type, monitor picture quality will vary at nonoptimal angles. On the U2410, we noticed a faint white glow when viewing dark images at off angles and a dark shadow when viewing light images in the same way, about 120 degrees to the left or right and even less from above. The shift isn't as dramatic as with a TN panel, but it was slightly more dramatic than with the 2408WFP; however, the color didn't shift as much as the perceived brightness did.

We tested the Dell U2410's input lag by connecting it and the 2408WFP in extend mode to the same graphics card, opening a window, and placing the window so that half of it's on one monitor and half on the other. We then dragged the window up and down, keeping the two halves even. We didn't notice lag from either monitor and the window moved at the same rate.

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Dell UltraSharp U2410 Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 63.69
On (max luminance) 98.28
On (min luminance) 39.75
Sleep 0.47
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 56.64
Annual energy cost $19.32
Score Fair

In the power consumption tests, the Dell U2410 drew 63.69 watts in its Default/On mode--less than the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP's 69.3 watts and more than the Samsung SyncMaster XL2370's 30.09 watts. Based on our

Brightness (in cd/m2)
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DisplayMate tests
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Service and support
Dell backs the U2410 with a solid warranty, including a three-year, parts-and-labor warranty covering the backlight. It also offers support through a 24-7 toll-free number, 24-7 Web chat, and Dell has a fast 24- to 48-hour e-mail turnaround time--a better package than most monitor vendors that don't offer weekend support. Navigating Dell's Web site and finding drivers, product manuals, and quick guides was simple and easy.

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