I finally received this Dell monitor that replaced the Acer IPS monitor I had purchased and returned. I decided to get this monitor because it was similar in specifications to the Acer, but I was hoping the text would be more clear compared to the Acer. Now I should start by saying that I have been looking for a budget monitor to replace my old dead monitor that I had for what seems like a very long time. I was not looking to buy a new monitor but that's just what I have had to do since I rather work on a desktop than a laptop when I'm home. So I will try to just give you the pros and cons right away to keep this short since I have a few pictures to show you the actual monitor.
- The monitor looks to be the same physical size as the acer 24" since they do have the same specs.
-The most important thing most people forget to mention about any monitor is how text looks on them. The dell text is better than the Acer. It's not perfect but at least it is much better and doesn't look fuzzy like on the Acer. The matte on the screens seems to cause this which can be really annoying. The Acer just seemed a lot heavier on this. The camera does catch it here just like it did on the Acer. So these coatings are definitely something that needs to get better on these new monitors unless you like feeling like your going blind. I have to be honest, I don't ever remember having this problem with text on older monitors. I still have 20/20 so I know it's not me and this really bugged me this time around because it made it harder finding a monitor I was comfortable looking at. I went to the local stores and looked at all the monitors I could find and found this problem on most if not all of them.
-Short, but solid large square stand. I like it. I don't like the look of those round stands.
-Power button is a white led and can be turned off while the monitor is on through the settings. Very nice touch and it looks great on too. I prefer the white over the blue any day. It's also not super bright and it's a small vertical rectangle vs round LED. So a very nice touch.
-The front small physical buttons feel good. These are all the way on the right side and since I have stuff on this side it can get a bit cramped. My first Acer had them in the middle of the monitor which I found worked great specially if you're on a very small desk. This won't make a difference on a large desk.
-The packaging was thin and not a huge box similar to the Acer. All cardboard inside which can be a bit of a pain on larger monitors, but was not a big deal on this small one. The Acer packaging was much simpler with a top and bottom foam. It's also nice when they add a handle to them.
-The picture quality for videos or movies and things like that is pretty good on both IPS monitors I have tested. So I can only speak from the Acer and Dell monitors.
-Only vga cable included. No HDMI. In terms of getting more for your dollar in the hardware department, the Acer wins hands down. This one doesn't have built in speakers even if they are tiny, jack for audio or dvi and they don't include an HDMI cable either. The acer includes all the different connections and all cables. I like to have the options to choose for what I have. But it is what it is.
-The stand is short, but works fine for me as I don't really touch my monitor once it's all set up.
-No vesa mount. I like the monitors to have this option even if it's not used.
-It took a week to get it from amazon and it came with a weird black line in one corner of the screen which is annoying, so it has to get exchanged. It is not a pixel problem but a manufacturing problem from what I can tell. There was one dead pixel to the left that was not as noticeable too.
-Serial number label is right behind the power plug. This makes it hard to find not to mention it's very small. Good luck trying to inventory this monitor. Not impossible but they could have done a better job there.
-No IPS label anywhere on the box or the monitor itself that shows you this is an actual IPS monitor.
-This monitor costs a bit more than the Acer and has less connections and doesn't include the HDMI cable either.
And the most important shot here...the text. It's much better than the Acer from what I can tell. It's not perfect, but my eyes don't hurt like they did on the other monitor. I can tell you this is going to be a big issue until they can figure out how to get text to show up better through these matte coverings.
February 27, 2016
I finally got my Dell replacement monitor from the post office today. I'm happy to say that even though I wasn't here when they showed up, after three trips to two different post offices I finally got my monitor. I'm happy to say that this one is fine. Even though someone manage to bang the box a bit on one side. This one doesn't have any dead pixels or black line up at the top or anywhere on the screen. The brightness will take some time to get used to, but I hope I'm done with this for a while unless I can't get used to the matte finish. I only have one desktop monitor at home so it sucks not being able to work on my desktop.
Here's the link to the dell web page on this monitor. The manual has this and the HX model on it, so it looks to be the same monitor. Unfortunately they don't have the manual on there or user guide so I'll see if I can post those. They come on the cd that's included with the monitor. And unfortunately you do have to look at it since that's the only place you will find the specifications for these.
Dell also includes this other program that's supposed to help. I thought it was to also help you make a grid on your monitor, but I'm not sure if that is just with multiple monitors and not just one. I try to open it and it doesn't do a thing. I'll restart and see what that does as it states that I should connect a dell monitor.
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