REVIEW: Dell U2410 Part 4
In addition, there is also a memory card reader, which reads/writes and is automatically recognised if the monitor is connected with the computer via USB. It can read the following formats: xd-Picture (TypeM und TypeH), SmartMedia (SM), CompactFlash (CF), Memory-Stick (HSMS, MS Pro and Duo with adapter), SecureDigital (SD, miniSD with adapter, TransFlash) and MultiMediaCard (MMC, MMC micro with adapter). The new generation cards (e.g. SDHC) are also read with ease.
Two USB connectors and the card reader are located on the left hand side, as well as the removable info card. (Picture: Dell)
The Dell U2410 also has a USB-2.0 hub with power supply and with one upstream and two downstream on the back of the model and two downstream on the left hand side. Up to 480 MB/sec are supported and the power consumption is 2,5 W per connection.
Unlike its predecessors, the Dell U2410 is also equipped with touch sensitive buttons. Although the controls are not as good as with static buttons, they function very well compared to touch buttons on other monitors. In normal usage, only the blue power button can be seen, which blinks orange in standby mode and is the only one that feels like a "real" button. The remaining touch buttons light up when you bring your hand within 1 cm of them. Depending on the menu, up to five touch buttons glow, which only really become visible through a small LED. The monitor frame remains constant and the buttons are not separated from each other.
The ON/OFF switch glows softly when the monitor is in standby; the other buttons are not visible.
The menu control is easy to use and understand and the buttons respond well. Depending on the menu, four or five LEDs light up and either show a menu or navigation point. The settings which are not available in particular modes (e.g. noise suppression), are displayed in grey, which is useful. No screen manager software is provided for computer controlled adjustment. When the first button is touched, four main menus appear, which can be configured individually.
As soon as the bottom touch field is pressed, the start menu appears on the screen. The fast access buttons can be configured individually.
The following points illustrate the factory settings:
In this mode, we can select from Standard, Multimedia, Game, Warm, Cool, Adobe RGB, sRGB and User colour (strength, shift, hue, saturation). The changes apply mainly to the colour temperature, colour spaces and responsiveness. Individual settings can only be selected under User Colour, which means that in Adobe RGB, for example, the colour values (such as shift, saturation, white point) cannot be changed and in User Colour in turn, the colour space cannot be limited. This is a hindrance, especially for the calibration.
In this menu option, the brightness and contrast can be adjusted in levels of 0 to 100.
Here, it is possible either to search automatically for an input source or to switch manually amongst VGA, DVI-D 1, DVI-D2, DisplayPort, HDMI, Component or Composite. Settings such as brightness and contrast are fortunately saved when the user switches amongst the various sources and are adopted next time the user switches back.
As well as the repetition of the settings outlined above, here, we find a mode that allows adjustments to be made automatically to the screen.
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