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.
Specifications-wise, the Asus PA248Q is comparable to the Dell U2412M. However, if you compare them next to one another, the Dell U2412M is clearly superior in terms of the color accuracy and the overall sharpness in the display quality. It’s true that the Dell monitor even has a slower response time of only 8 ms but no ghosting issues were present and that’s precisely what you should be looking out for. It doesn’t really matter how low the response time of a gaming monitor is as long as you do not notice any ghosting issues. Thus, on the whole, with better graphical quality, higher clarity and better color accuracy, it’d be foolish not to settle for the Dell UltraSharp U2412M instead. Some of you might be interested in the exact specifications of this excellent gaming monitor as well so I thought I’d just list them here.
Its brightness level can be tuned up to a maximum of 300 cdm/2 as well, which is fairly standard amongst most monitors. Its viewing angles are as good as they come with up to 178 degrees vertically and horizontally. The monitor is LED-backlit and has a power consumption of 38W. One feature that it’s lacking would be the HDMI port and this basically means that if you want to attach your gaming consoles to the monitor, you’d have to purchase a converter externally. The Dell U2412M does have 4 USB ports though, with 2 at the left side of the monitor and the other 2 at its back. This is certainly more than I could wish for. Here’s a good Dell UltraSharp U2412M review if you wish to find out more. Since it’s essentially an LED monitor, the bezel is thinner and lighter than the ordinary TN panels and consumes a lot less power as well.
I’ve also noticed that in a completely dark room, you may notice some backlight bleeding at the corners of the screen. This is of course provided that the image you’re viewing is completely dark as well. So, in terms of practicality, there aren’t any issues with this gaming monitor whatsoever but if you’re picky, then you might not be too happy about the backlight bleeding. You can choose to adjust the monitor screen by tilting it, changing its height or even rotating it. I have a dual monitor set up and my desk isn’t big enough to place 2 U2412M’s side by side in a horizontal manner so I proceeded to rotate both of them into their portrait modes and they still look great.
Certain comments have included recommendations of AOC gaming monitors too but I haven’t had the best experience with AOC products so I’m afraid I’ll have to pass. I’d rather go for more established gaming brands like Asus, Acer or Samsung. If you seriously wish to consider obtaining a TN paneled monitor though, I’d say that the BenQ XL2420T or the BenQ GL2450HM are good picks.