Dell UltraSharp U2414H; An In-Depth Review
Dell UltraSharp display series easily belongs to the strongest contenders of A-list monitors in the market, as they have established their reputation through razor-sharp images and vibrant colors, all designed for graphic design, media creation, gaming, or anything that requires color and clarity. One of their latest additions is the Dell UltraSharp U2414H, a modest price 24-inch display that come factory calibrated and equipped with generous features. But makes this UltraSharp variety special? How does it stand against the tough competition in 24-inch range? Read more to find out in this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.
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Who is it for?
The Dell UltraSharp U2414H is an outstanding all-around performer and quite an excellent choice for anyone looking for a well-designed monitor with pleasing colour performance but don’t want to spend on expensive monitors. It’s a budget-friendly monitor, but it’s fully capable of delivering professional quality performance.
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Sporting an affordable AH-IPS panel, with 6-bit+ FRC (Frame Rate Control) dithering and makes 16.7 million colors, there is no reason why Dell UltraSharp U2414H can’t work with the vast majority of computer users. It also comes with a nice and light anti-glare coating that keeps reflections and glares off the screen, but doesn’t cause the image to look overly grainy or result to dirty images.
Good Colour Performance Right Out of the Box
The out-of-the-box colour performance of this Dell monitor looks pretty good to the naked eye. Colours look well balanced, with brightness looking a little washed. The brightness setting is not too bright, which is quite unique for an out-of-the-box setting.
Chromaticity test shows the monitor’s colour gamut matches pretty well with the sRGB colour space, with blue shades look over the designated points, and some green looking a little short.
Retrograde Panel Resolution But with Competitive Image Quality
Despite being a newer product, this Dell UltraSharp monitor took a step forward in terms of image resolution. It runs Full HD 1920x1080p resolution, instead of 1920x1200p that its predecessor Dell UltraSharp U2412M runs. This means it lost the extra 120 pixels that should have extended the height of the screen – a simple characteristic that has a big impact in daily use.
Despite the small pixel loss however, the image quality remained competitive, especially when connected to the PC through DisplayPort. With maximum brightness of W-LED backlights reaching up to 323cd/m2, contrast ratio of 853:1, good colour fidelity, and with average and maximum Delta E scores of 2.7 and 6.4 respectively, this monitor is definitely a strong contender at 24-inch in terms of professional image quality.
Factory Calibrated, Evenly-Lit IPS Panel for True and Consistent Colors Throughout the Screen
This Dell monitor come factory calibrated, which means it has already been fine-tuned and ready to get to work. No need for comprehensive calibration process and using sophisticated tools. The box even comes with a calibration factory report. The factory-calibrated sRGB profile sets colour accuracy to an even better level. Contrast ratio drops to 660:1, but the average Delta E increases to 2.1, while the maximum deviation drops to 4.3.
In-Plane Switching panels are known for their colour accuracy and viewing angles, but some manufacturers fail to keep their performance consistent through the screen. Dell on the other hand, makes its IPS panel evenly-lit, with only 10% variation in brightness across the whole screen.
However, as with a few Dell displays, their weakness is in keeping dark gray shades consistent, as they both look black. But then again, there are no two 100% identical panels, which mean some may fare better in their own factory-calibration process.
Good Screen Coating that Blocks Glares and Reflection Without Compromising Image Quality
The screen coating of this monitor is much like other Dell IPS monitors (Dell U2413, U2713H and U2713HM) – a light anti-glare (AG) coating that keeps the screen nice and light, but doesn’t make overly saturated or cause images to look grainy. Also, unlike Dell U2713HM’s anti-glare coating that shows small grid-like effect upon close inspection, Dell UltraSharp U2414H does not suffer from this issue, even when you try to look closely for it.
Excellent Viewing Angle, Like Most IPS Panels
As we would expect from an IPS panel, the viewing angle of this Dell UltraSharp screen is very good. There was some minor colour tone shifting from wide horizontal angles; there were also minor contrast shifts in vertical field, all of which are very minor and doesn’t really affect the overall quality of the screen.
On a black image however, some slight white glow can be noticeable on screen from side angle. Though also a minor issue, it can be problematic for people working on a darkened room and with dark content on screen. Of course, it only appears when changing your line of sight (side angles).
Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Options
The backside of the cabinet features VESA-compliant mounting holes of 100x100mm. Pair that VESA holes with a good quality monitor stand and desk stand for a more ergonomic setup, or dual monitor stand or even triple monitor stand for multi-display setups. Pair that with ultra-thin bezel and you get the best display for dual monitor and triple monitor setup.
Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm (image from Amazon)
The Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm is one of the best products out there for dual monitor setup. Each of its arm can support LCD screens up to 27-inches big, which means it has no problem holding 24-inch monitors, and still provide great adjustabiltiy and workstation ergonomics. It’s made up of high quality materials, such as polished aluminum construction, allowing it to last for a lifetime. It also allows dual monitor setup with your laptop, and you can stack one display on top of the other as well. It’s also backed with the brand’s very own patented technology called – Constant Force (CF) technology, which holds screens in stable and secured fashion, and still allow smooth and easy adjustments.
MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand (image from Amazon)
Those who are looking for an affordable alternative can opt for a desk mount such as MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand. This mount clamps to the desk easily, and it comes with very little assembly pieces, which means it is very easy to assemble and setup to your desk.
Design and Features
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Design wise, the Dell UltraSharp U2414H looks very different from the other models in its line, let alone from previous models of Dell. It comes with a pleasingly dainty curved profile. Dell also got rid of thick bezel and replaced it with an almost bezel-free framed (only 6mm thin) design on top and side edges, while bottom bezel is at 16mm, making great screens for dual monitor or even triple monitor setup. The screen comes with a matte anti-glare finish that stretches all throughout the monitor’s edges. The stand on the other hand, has not lost its utility as it offers wide range of adjustments for workstation ergonomics. The backside of the cabinet is still a typical Dell affair – it is made up of black matte plastic (silver matte plastic for the stand) the VESA-compliant mounting holes.
Buttons and Controls
The on-screen display in this monitor is much improved; there are four touch-sensitive buttons in front that works reliably well. Though they don’t come with labels, there are icons that pops-up on screen when pressing the buttons. It also provides a menu for easy navigation of all the settings and features of the monitor. Brightness and Contrast levels are easy to adjust, along with Picture Presets and toggle settings.
The OSD menu is split in 8 sections, namely Brightness/Contrast, Input Source, Color Settings, Display Settings, Energy Settings, Menu Settings, Others and Personalize. The top right corner of the window shows the ‘Energy Use’ bar, which shows users how much power their desired settings consume.
The Color Settings houses Gamma, Preset modes and Reset Color Settings. Preset modes include Standard, Multimedia, Movie, Game, Paper, Color Temperature, sRGB and Custom Color.
The Display Settings on the other hand, provides access to the Aspect Ratio, Sharpness, Dynamic Contrast, DisplayPort 1.2 and Reset Display settings.
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For users looking to put two of this display side-by-side for either landscape or portrait mode, there is Dell Display Manager to help you arrange your virtual workspace. It comes with an Easy Arrange feature that lets you display windows side-by-side.
World’s Thinnest Bezel for Perfect for Dual Monitors or even Multiple Monitor Viewing
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Full HD details are displayed nicely in the world’s thinnest border, a nearly seamless design by Dell for magnificent viewing that is perfect for multiple screens. Dual monitor or triple monitor setups make a near-continual imagery across the monitors through DisplayPort 1.2.
Plenty of Connectivity Options
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This Dell monitor has more than I/O ports you can ask for, from DisplayPort 1.2 input to mini-DisplayPort, two HDMI inputs (both supporting MHL connections) and four USB 3.0 hubs, with one located at the center of the backside of the cabinet for easy access. Dell also provides a plastic cover to hide and keep the cables in and a hole at the base to neatly route the cables.
Good-looking and Sturdy Stand with Flexible Adjustability
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The sturdy and solid-looking silver stand latches easily to the monitor. It secure the monitor to its quick-release mount and allows full adjustments, from tilt, swivel, 5.5 inches height adjust to pivot (switch from landscape to portrait mode and vice versa). It also does a fine job in securing the monitor in place and keeps its base standing firm on the desk.
Dell UltraSharp U2414H is definitely a strong all-around performer – the new ultra-thin bezel designs gives the monitor a sleek and modern feel, and the perfect solution for dual monitor or multiple monitor setups. It is paired nicely with good set of hardware features, from fully-adjustable stand, USB 3.0 hubs, VESA-compliant mounting holes and touch-sensitive buttons, which all add to the premium feel of the product.
Performance wise, it also offered great all-around performance. The out-of-the-box default setup and factory-calibration provides great convenience for users who don’t have the means to calibrate the display themselves. Contrast ratio is also quite competitive for an IPS panel, while brightness range is quite wide. The flicker-free backlight is a very helpful feature for regular day-to-day computer users.
There isn’t much to complain about this monitor. That’s aside from the missing DVI and VGA connectors.
All in all, the Dell UltraSharp U2414H is quite a steal for its price.
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