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There will always be demand for touchscreen monitors like the P2418HT. While we don’t expect them to take over the desktop, there are enough commercial and artistic applications to keep at least one or two displays in most manufacturer’s lines.
The P2418HT and its competitors, few though they are, represent a niche market. As a traditional desktop monitor, it performs well thanks to accurate color (after calibration), good contrast, and a sharp picture. Its IPS panel offers decent viewing angles, and even if the user never touches the screen, it can serve as a solid, reliable display.
But few will pay the premium without using its extra functions. It isn’t an especially expensive product, but decent 24” IPS monitors can be had for less money. If you want to try working with a touchscreen however, it makes a great first entry. It doesn’t require any extra effort to install as long as you’re using Windows 7, 8.1, or 10. It has a USB 3.0 hub, supports DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA, and can produce audio if you plug in either headphones or powered speakers.
Since it is designed to be handled, Dell has stepped up the ruggedness factor to match. The stand is super solid with one of the heaviest bases we’ve ever experienced. The upright articulates in just the right spot to perfectly bridge the gap between traditional desktop positioning and the flatter angles required by artists. It can even serve in a commercial setting, such as point-of-sale or trade-show demo if needed.
The only thing we question is the use of a plastic front screen layer. There were no issues raised during our time with the P2418HT other than we prefer the slickness of glass. But over time, we’re not sure how the softer material would hold up. At the very least, we recommend keeping some monitor wipes handy to prevent the buildup of fingerprints. It may be a minor concern, however, since a desktop touchscreen won’t be handled as much as a phone or tablet.
Ultimately, it is an excellent business-class monitor that happens to have a touchscreen. You’ll pay a little more for the privilege, but given the performance and build quality we observed, the price seems right. We’re fans of Dell displays in general, and this one fits right into its line of better products. For its solid test results, sharp image, and ease-of-use we’re giving the P2418HT our Editor Recommended Award.
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.
Link to Dell shows it at $399. though!Reply
19512310 said:Link to Dell shows it at $399. though!
What region are you in?
US is showing $399 MSRP discounted down to $320
The first thing i do when I see a monitor review is take a quick look at the specs, and if the refresh rate is 60 i just move on. Why aren't ALL monitors at least 120 now? Even TV's standard is higher than 60!Reply
Dude it's a touchscreen, why do you need 120Hz? The primary purpose of these things are for drawing and graphics work.Reply
Because 60Hz is like 1990's tech. They should all be 240Hz or better in 2017.Reply
Good drawing board. Could be usefull for graphic making.Reply
I would've bought 3 of these had they been available with higher resolutions. I'm talking about 1440p (25"?) and 4K (27"?). I currently own an UltraSharp U2515H: image quality & finish are absolutely amazing. My next purchase would be another Dell and I really wanted touchscreen on the desktop (I was actually deciding between my current screen and a touchscreen display and preferred quality over that functionality - I'd love to have both, DELL!)Reply
I have always wanted a touchscreen monitor to use as a Keyboard/Mouse alternative, while also mirroring what is being shown on my main monitor. This monitor has the price and resolution that might make me give this experiment a try. Could you give me more information about the projected capacitive 4096x4096 resolution, does that mean that the monitior can mimic the resolution of any monitor within that 4096x4096 resolution range? That would really help me match different monitor resolutions while in mirror mode. It is also good that the stand separates from the panel since the stand is so heavy.Reply
19513269 said:Because 60Hz is like 1990's tech. They should all be 240Hz or better in 2017.
Well sorry but for the crowd that this is made for it more than serves it purpose.
As a creative person, I'd like to know if these touchscreen offerings have pressure levels equal to a Wacom Bamboo or Monoprice drawing tablet (2048)? My budget is never going to be enough for the insane cost of a Wacom Cintiq, so these touchscreens are interesting.Reply