• Resolution: 1920x1080 @ 60Hz
  • Screen: 24-inches
  • Response time: 6ms (GTG)
  • Contrast Ratio: 1,000:1 (Native), 2M:1 (DCR)
  • Stand: Tilt, height adjustable
  • Connectivity: DisplayPort, miniDisplayPort, DVI, HDMI
  • Pros:
  • Excellent display quality
  • Packed with features and modes
  • Flexible stand
  • Cons:
  • Not so good for gaming

Still Wondrously UltraSharp

The Dell UltraSharp line-up of monitors has often been some of the most sought-after displays by designers, colourists and discerning movie-jocks alike. Dell has decided that it wants to revamp the existing UltraSharp line and has introduced a new 24-inch model: the Dell UltraSharp U2413.

If you’ve used an UltraSharp monitor before you’ll definitely recognise that boring, orthodox black on rectangle design that has been the staple of UltraSharp monitors of the past. The U2413 is no different here, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for it in terms of features. It has one dual-link DVI-D port, one HDMI port, one DisplayPort and one Mini DisplayPort.

As if that’s not enough, the U2413 also has four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports which can be conveniently used to plug in external storage devices, or any USB-powered device without having to reach for the back of the computer. The height and tilt of the U2413 can also be adjusted thanks to the monitor’s base, which has a neck that is capable of sliding up and down. You can also rotate it by 90 degrees, turning the monitor into a vertical display

There is a plethora of preset modes that can be had on the U2413, and these can be accessed by the touch-sensitive panel at the bottom right-hand corner of the display, above the power button. These include modes such as Standard, Movie, Multimedia, Paper and even a Custom Colour mode amongst others, depending on what you need to do with the monitor.

The colour quality, when adjusted and calibrated, provides some of the most dynamic and vibrant colours on any monitor ever. The viewing angle is also excellent, with little to no colour degradation when viewing at acute angles. Gaming however isn’t one of the monitor’s strongest suits, especially in FPS games as the 6ms GTG does cause issues such as ghosting to happen.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Dell UltraSharp U2413 is a worthy follow-up to a fantastic line-up, offering the same excellent display quality with lots of features and a very flexible stand to boot. If you’re ever wondering if you should stay UltraSharp, this is the best reason.

(previously published in issue May 2012)