One of the primary reasons why the Dell UltraSharp U2412M is such an appealing gaming monitor is the fact that it has an e-IPS panel rather than the usual TN panel. I’ve been a gamer for a really long time (approximately 10 years) and I work often on my PC too. While I was building a new gaming rig for myself, I decided to replace my Samsung SyncMaster 226BW as well since it was getting old. I wanted a gaming monitor that is at least 24″ of size so that it could support a higher resolution of 1920 x 1080. Initially, I had my eyes set on the BenQ GL2450HM because the reviews of it has been spectacular. It’s also well known as a gaming monitor and comes highly recommended in plenty of hardware forums. The response time is also pretty low at 2 ms if I’m not mistaken. With a further refresh rate of 120 Hz, it seems too good to be true. That is until I heard how IPS panels have the ability to produce colors and details that are significantly improved over the conventional TN panels, like what the BenQ GL2450HM is made out of.
Upon further research and reading up on a ton of gaming monitor reviews, it seemed to me like the Dell U2412M was a really good option and it makes for a really powerful gaming monitor. What makes it so? Firstly, for an IPS monitor, it’s way cheaper than the others like Asus PA248Q, NEC MultiSync PA271W or even the HP DreamColor LP2480zx. The latter 2 monitors are priced at over $1,000, which was simply way over my budget. The Asus PA248Q, which costs $355, seemed like a good pick too. With 6 ms of response time, a 24″ display, 300 cd/m2, 4 USB ports, 1 HDMI, 1 DVI and 1 DisplayPort, the only thing this monitor is lacking would be a VGA port but that’s negligible since nobody makes use of VGA ports anymore anyway.