Dell UltraSharp U2312HM Review

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The UltraSharp U2312 has great color accuracy and performance combined with extra features such as an IPS-based screen and four USB ports. Its only drawback is the lack of an HDMI port. Nitpicking, perhaps, but at this price it should have one.

Dell UltraSharp U2312HM reviews are clear: This monitor combines excellent performance with a rich array of features. An expert from Top Ten Reviews declares the UltraSharp U2312HM to be the best monitor in the budget price range. One reason is the IPS panel, which has wider viewing angles and better color than cheaper TN-panel monitors. The display's height is adjustable, a feature missing in most entry-level models, and it also includes four USB ports, another extra touch in the entry-level segment. One drawback noted in the Dell UltraSharp U2312HM review is the absence of an HDMI connection, the preferred connection for new monitors these days.

Accurate colors impress an expert from Flat Panels HD even though they trend cool. This Dell UltraSharp U2312HM review further notes that the display is bright with barely any backlight bleeding. Response time also gets a nod for outpacing most IPS monitors. Cheapism's list of top picks, however, includes a couple of IPS displays that are even faster.

The UltraSharp U2312HM (starting at $190, Amazon) is a widescreen 23-inch IPS-based display with a 1920x1080 resolution. It has a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and its brightness is 300 cd/m2. The monitor's response time of 8 milliseconds gray-to-gray is pretty decent for a moderately-priced IPS monitor and suffices for gaming. The UltraSharp U2312HM features DVI, DisplayPort, and good old VGA connections, in addition to four USB 2.0 ports for connecting peripherals.

Nearly flawless performance, including vivid colors, a bright display, and very wide viewing angles, commend this monitor to frugal buyers. The UltraSharp U2312HM's response time is good for an IPS display though not quite as fast as TN panels; gamers shouldn't experience any ghosting with fast-paced action. The missing HDMI port might be a deal-killer for some, but given the starting price of $190 and the level of quality, we're willing to accept that sacrifice.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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