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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
>> Hey, guys. This is Eric Franklin from Cnet.com.
And today we're looking at the Dell S2409W. I'll be
comparing this display to the Dell 2408WFP. Right of
the bat I want to say that the cost of this display is
very low. It's 300 bucks. Now, because it's 300
bucks, Dell had to make some sacrifices over the 2408,
which cost 700 bucks, in order to get the price that
low. The first place they made sacrifices was in
ergonomic options. While the 2408 has a plethora of
ergonomic options from screen height adjustment,
pivoting, screen rotation, the Dell 2409 has none of
these. It does tilt back about 30 degrees and tilts
forward about five degrees, but that's about all your
getting as far as ergonomic options go. Second,
connection options. Dell kind of skimped on the
connection options. While the 2408 has display port,
has two DVI ports, has components and S-video, the
2409 is kind of barebones when it comes to a 24-inch
display. It has DVI, VGA and HGMI and that's it.
Also concerning the connection options, the HGMI and
VGA ports are in a good spot as far as accessibility
is concerned. However, the DVI is in a little bit too
close to the display's neck, and it makes it a little
bit hard to get to it. Also, the foot stand. Now,
the foot stand is oval shaped, kind of wide, but not a
very good foot stand. The display wobbles a lot when
pushed just a little bit. We tested the display in
games and movies and we found that it had very good
performance, especially in movies. The display has a
very deep black level which is very important for
movie performance. The onscreen display is actually a
place where the Dell 2409 beat the 2408. The onscreen
display is elegant, robust and simple to use. It has
options for brightness, contrast and color. It also
has about nine pre-set options. The pre-set options
aren't really that useful. They're not any better
than the standard pre-set. But it's nice to have
those options anyway. So if you are in the market for
a 24-inch display and price is a concern for you, the
Dell S2409W is a sound buy at $300. Once again, this
is Eric Franklin. This has been your first look at
the Dell S2409W.
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