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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