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dorbens says

Hey,

I’m thinking about buying a new monitor, and I heard good things about the DELL U2312HM . It has IPS and its also 23”.

Comparing to my AOC 20 ” (which is kind of v.lame) I think its a good invest. But I’d really like to hear if some web designers here is(or have) using this monitor..

Thanks

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purethemes says

Hi

I’m using previous version – dell u2311h, I think the difference between them is that new one is LED . Anyway, it’s good value for money. I’m not an expert, but the colors seems to be colder (after calibration) comparing to my other monitor – EIZO EV2333WH -BK http://www.prad.de/en/monitore/review/2009/review-eizo-ev2333wh-bk.html which is older (probably there is new version of it), more expensive, but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better. Anyway, I was loooking for a long time for good monitor for that amount of money, and DELL was the best one I could get. If you don’t want to save a little more for some EIZO , it’s good invest.

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dorbens says

I’ve just finished to plug it in It has a lot of functions and finally i have 1920×1080!

You right, it is a goot invest.. i’m very pleased :)

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Parallelus says

I’m using 3 side by side U2311H monitors and I’m very happy with theme. They do a great job with color calibration. The one negative is where you sometimes feel like you’re seeing a “texture” on a solid because of the anti-glare coating but you quickly adjust to this. Overall I think they’re great monitors.

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Orbital_Themes says

I’m using 3 side by side U2311H monitors and I’m very happy with theme. They do a great job with color calibration. The one negative is where you sometimes feel like you’re seeing a “texture” on a solid because of the anti-glare coating but you quickly adjust to this. Overall I think they’re great monitors.

That’s right, the AG coating on Dell displays is really aggressive. I’m surprised that all the top display manufacturers (Dell, NEC , EIZO) don’t produce glossy displays. Anyway, you can always remove the AG coating yourself if you’re like me and can’t stand the noise and sparkles on your display. :)

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Parallelus says

That’s right, the AG coating on Dell displays is really aggressive. I’m surprised that all the top display manufacturers (Dell, NEC , EIZO) don’t produce glossy displays. Anyway, you can always remove the AG coating yourself if you’re like me and can’t stand the noise and sparkles on your display. :)

I didn’t realize you could remove it. I found this after one generic search (not including monitor brand or model number):

http://www.overclock.net/t/1216559/how-to-remove-anti-glare-coating-from-a-dell-u2312hm-monitor-and-others

Seems it’s a common thing for this monitor. Since they are relatively inexpensive for a good monitor like this and I have 3, I might give this a try on one of them. Thanks for the tip!

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ThemesFever says

I seriously don’t understand why you would want to remove the AC? I can’t live without a screen with an AC, specially when my main job is designing websites.

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Orbital_Themes says

@Parallelus Here’s another forum thread, this time it’s U2711 . It’s good to read all the comments, some nice tips there. Let me know how the removing process went for you!

@ThemesFever Well, some people can’t stand the noise and sparkles produced by AG coatings, especially those in the IPS panels made by LG (which are used in all Dell and NEC displays). Plus the coating makes the image a little bit blurred and the colors a bit less vibrant.

I just wish that display manufacturers would give us the choice and produce 2 versions of all displays.

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Parallelus says

@ThemesFever

If you’ve ever used one of these monitors you would know that at first glance the anti-glare coating is a distraction. It makes solid colors look like they have a texture. The description of “noise and sparkles” from pogoking is very accurate. Obviously it is something you can learn to ignore. I owned 1 monitor of this type for almost a year before I bought 2 more (I do like the monitor a lot) but your brain has to learn to block out those effects, much like we did with curved CRT ’s learning to see a ‘flat’ and straight image.

Remember, ‘back in the day’ when you first placed a flat monitor next to your curved screen CRT and the image looked like it was concave, curving in :) Our brains adjusted to that just like mine no longer sees the subtle ‘noise and sparkles’ caused by the anti-glare coating.

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ThemesFever says

@Parallelus, completely agree. In fact I would still be using a Flat Surface CRT if they would still be available, and above 22’’. Unfortunately they’re a thing of the past. :( I have next to my workstation a CRT which sometimes I use due to the colour accuracy. Incredible how something that at first glance looks old tech, kind of beats most of TN panel based screens out there. IPS are great of course, but still can’t beat a good old CRT . :)

Back to the AG, I prefer to have that texture, instead of reflexes in my screen. I hate to have to work with my window closed in order to remove the glare. :P

Still, I didn’t see a Dell working in front of me so I don’t know if the texture effect is similar to the one found in some TN panels. I have a Samsung S22A350H with an AG and works flawlessly, but I don’t use it for design, just for gaming, but the AG certainly helps while gaming. ;)

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