REVIEW: Dell U2410 Part 18
NTSC films with 3:2 cadence are displayed perfectly by the interlacer, Moiré patterns arose for PAL films and the test sequence was not treated correctly (like "Video" with separate half frames). For the evaluation of additional test sequences, striking results do not arise in many areas in practice. For a monitor without explicit television /video set-up, the deinterlacing function is satisfactory.
In OSD mode, the monitor allows the aspect ratio can be adjusted and can be switched between Max, 16:9 and 4:3 and if the user changes from Video mode to Graphics mode, 1:1 is still available.
Test video for assessment of the correct page display.
Our test series is based on an anamorphic video with circles, which should be absolutely round if the aspect ratio is observed correctly (material was played back via HDMI). We can simulate all possible playback types with appropriate settings on the DVD player. In the test, HD signals with 1.080 and 720 lines were displayed correctly ; the 16:9 format can either be displayed as full screen or 1:1. 4:3 is also displayed correctly with the relevant setting in the OSD.
As well as the good H-IPS panel, the Dell U2410 scores points with very good manufacturing quality and a large number of ergonomic features plus a wide variety of connector options with USB hub and card reader. Thus, it actually has everything it needs to achieve an outstanding result, especially since the price of the Dell U2410 is absolutely acceptable.
The factory settings and image modes are largely very neutral, although the gradation in the factory settings is not ideal with a gamma of around 1,8. Unpleasant dithering effects do not arise in the sRGB and AdobeRGB image modes. At the same time, these colour space limiting modes from Dell have been implemented in a very careful and neutral manner.
The high level of colour space coverage and good image homogeneity are additional plus points for the model. The minimum Luminance, on the other hand, could be a good bit lower, although around 120 cd/m² may already be too dark for most environments.
On the other hand, the Dell U2410 really falls down when it comes to the important "Custom Colour" mode, which is unfortunately absolutely unusable in its current format. Here, this mode forms the condition that determines whether the powerful electronics can really be used to their full extent in the context of the calibration. At the same time, the standard mode is far from a useful target with regard to the gradation – and it is this mistake which costs the Dell a rating of good or even very good.
Here, Dell should provide a solution as soon as possible. The very similar U2711 from the same manufacturer shows that it is possible. However, both models are lacking a convenient gamma regulator in the OSD, which would increase the value of the monitor further.
With a retail price of 460,00 Euro, the model would certainly have the chance of earning a rating of very good if some smaller negative aspects could be improved. With this considerable limitation, we will award the model a "satisfactory". Those who do not wish to calibrate the monitor and will use it mainly in sRGB or AdobeRGB mode already have a good product with this model.
Overall rating: SATISFACTORY
Technical specification: Dell U2410
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