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Tom's Hardware's 2011 Gift Guide: Part 2, Last-Minute Extras

Monitor: Dell U2410 24”

$699
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Dell has emerged as one of our favorite monitor brands over the last few years, and it wasn’t an affection that we gave willingly. The company’s doldrums of a decade ago left us needing to be impressed, but the UltraSharp LCD series, with its IPS panels and stunning color accuracy, has done exactly that.

The U2410 is a luscious 24” widescreen (16:10) display with 1920x1200 native resolution and a specified 80 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Dell lets the typical color gamut of 110% look its most riveting by being one of the few vendors that color calibrates its premium displays at the factory. Of course, you can still tweak colors or opt for preset modes. There are parameters for hue, gain, saturation, offset, and other variables. Also note that Dell has a zero defective pixel policy for this unit. The advance exchange warranty is good for three years.

Now, with so much hullaballoo about LED backlighting and its environmental benefits, you may be surprised to learn that the U2410 still uses CCFL tubes. This is why the monitor sports a 75 W normal power consumption. We would refer you back to our backlight comparison analysis published last May (CCFL Versus LED: Is There A Downside To Going Green?). With a 400 cd/m2 typical brightness, 1000:1 true contrast ratio, and 100% coverage of the sRGB color space, Dell has positioned this IPS display toward an audience that appreciates color accuracy. As we found, the accuracy of CCFL remains superior to today’s LCD implementations. It may be somewhat less dazzling at first glance, and the U2410’s 6 ms refresh time may strike some gamers as merely adequate, but for those who demand precision, the U2410 delivers. Support for VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort, component, composite, HDMI, a media card reader, and integrated four-port USB 2.0 hub is merely decoration on the tree.

  • manu 11
    i am loving these articles!
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  • joytech22
    The ZBox is the most promising item to me.
    Why? Because I can mount it on the back of the TV in the lounge for the family and stream my media files to it from my home server.

    I can then throw in an external BD drive and boom, fully capable home entertainment system, which is even capable of light gaming.

    Of course.. I'd reserve my gaming for my gaming rig! ;) The Zbox would be for more family oriented games in the lounge.
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  • richboyliang
    omg more of those same hot girls!!!

    as usual, the one with the monitor is the best because she resembles mariah carey.

    blonde one is ok, redhead is too old.
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  • richboyliang
    the suggestive poses combined with the suspicious "xXx" on the Thecus network storage box....
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  • Judguh
    You can't tell me there's more.... reasonably priced items for the holidays here. :| ... unless you're getting a share of that dough for these ladies :P
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  • a4mula
    Why recommend the u2410 when the u2412M can be had for half the price and has the same exact specs along with LED backlighting. The only loss is going from 100% sRGB to 98% sRGB and that's only important to a tiny fraction of users. The other advantage of the u2412M is that it doesn't suffer from pink tint that has plagued the u2410.
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  • pharoahhalfdead
    This was an article about electronics? I must have missed something. That's what I get for skipping all the words. Haha
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  • kartu
    Shameless sexism, eh?
    But I enjoy it too...
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  • JonnyDough
    richboyliangomg more of those same hot girls!!!as usual, the one with the monitor is the best because she resembles mariah carey.blonde one is ok, redhead is too old.
    You must be in your teens. Not all readers here are kids you know...
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  • JonnyDough
    For future reference, we adults call them "women", not girls. ;)
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