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Pulling trigger tomorroo. Dell U2410 or Asus PA246Q?

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Allright, I recently sold some of my high end RC cars as I'm pulling back on that hobby a bit for awhile or may just leave it entirely. Either way, i've got some extra cash ready funds to finally get back to 24" LCD screen land after being a moron and selling my beloved Dell 2404FW back in 05 and replacing it with a Viewsonic VX2025WM that i've used since then.

Lately i've doing more basic video editing and multitasking, im really missing the real estate that 24" gives me. As my gaming needs are also going to be pretty basic, mostly StarCraft 2, RIFT and Skyrim, I'll be upgrading my PC within the next few months to a Sandy Bridge setup with likely a Nivida GTX570 to feed whichever 24" monster I choose. 27" and 30" are both just to big and just flat out too expensive for me.

I"m aware of the new Dell 2412 that will be coming out soon, but I worry about any new product with its initial launch of quality problems, plus the fact that I heard it may be a 6 bit panel which would explain the lower cost. And there will ALWAYS been something better coming down the pipeline, thats the way of of this industry. But I want one now while i've got the money and I wanna get the monitor now before something comes up or I change my mind, so its down to the nitty gritty between the Asus PA246Q and the Dell U2410 and order one tomorroo morning

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236119

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-8277

My main questions are:

1. I am very picky about stuck/dead pixels, esecially for this monitor price range. In peoples experience, has it been easier to get exchanges with Asus's bright pixel policy or Dell? I did swap out a couple of Dell 2405 back in 05 and I had a rep that was understanding and she let me swap out LCD's until I got the perfect. Dunno if Dell is still that flexible now or not.

2. If you were in my shoes, which would you choose and why?


3. Anyone know of any particular good places to look for possible coupons for Dell?

I also don't give two craps about a card reader or built in USB hub, or speaker, never use em. I also don't really care about how "accurate" the color is to match Gods perfect color spectrum, i'm just not that anal. I just want a good LCD panel and these seem to have a good track record.

And I also don't give two craps about AG screens. If I want my reflection, i'll look in my mirror. On my monitors, no reflections or glare. Period.
Edited by 1ceTr0n - 7/21/11 at 8:04pm
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Never seen a better monitor then a dell in my life, plus they are more then kind when trying to return a product.
    
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These are professional panels so you're getting an excellent panel - they both seem to be the same panel (just made by different companies) - Asus claims to cover more of the spectrum, although Dell's typically come out of the factor calibrated better (if you don't have something to calibrate the monitor with)

Its sort of a toss up either way, I've used both tech support and had both dell and asus monitors - I would personally go with the Dell if it came down to "gun to head" decision, but either way you cannot go wrong.

Dell U2410 pretty much sets the standard by which monitors are judged in that class if you read lots of monitor reviews (I have, as I just pulled the trigger 2 days ago on a Dell U3011 biggrin.gif)

*edit* As I said, Dell comes with a factor calibrated report (just took a look at "whats in the box"
Edited by appleg33k85 - 7/21/11 at 8:04pm
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Any good coupon deals? Google aint coming up with much. Hmmm I wonder if my old Dell rep back in 05 is still working for them......

And no, I have nothing to "calibrate" my monitor with, nor have I ever bothered.
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post #5 of 10
Watch Slickdeals. Coupons come up pretty frequently for the Dell monitors, but they'll never really be cheap.
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Is paying extra for 4-5 year Advanced exchange worth it on Dells website? This is a new feature I haven't seen since I ordered a 2405FP back in 05. Will anything besides pixels be be covered on the exchange warranty or no?
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3 Year warranty is enough in my opinion. The cost for the extended warranty doesn't warrant the increased cost. Dell is very good about dead pixels, you can send it back if there are any bright pixels. But I believe they will not cover dark pixels, this lasts the length of the warranty.

I don't know about the ASUS, but the Dell comes calibrated from the factory for both AdobeRGB and sRGB.
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Its not that much more for extending the warranty
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I mean if you look at the concept of "warranty" in a general sense it is never worth it in a strict numbers game. Insurance/warranty is priced in such a way that the (probability of a failure)*(cost of a failure) is less than what they charge. So unless you work in an environment that is hazardous to the long term health of your hardware (which it doesn't sound like you are) you are losing on purchasing extended warranties, especially considering Dell has to figure in courier costs on their end when pricing warranty.

However a caveat is that insurance guards against catastrophic failure, in other words when the chance of failure is extremely low but the cost of said failure is extremely high (such as natural disaster). It may well be worth it to purchase the warranty if you need your monitor but you will not readily be able to afford a replacement if your monitor failures.

Most hardware failures are either user error (which shouldn't be claimable under warranty) or cases where the product is DOA. Let's say your monitor was $500 new and in 3 years buying a used monitor of the same model that functions the same is $200. The 5 year warranty costs about $50, for it to be worth it for you the buyer to purchase the warranty your monitor would need to have a failure rate of 25% between years 3 and 5 of ownership. I use $200 because Dell will send you a refurbished/returned model as an RMA. However even if they sent you a new model as a replacement you would need to figure a 10% failure rate between those years, which is very high.
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I attempted today to get a deal on the U2410 monitor by calling into Home sales and politely asking for a better deal then what was currently offered. The first guy I got wasn't even aware the monitor came with a 3 year warrant/exchange, and kept refferring me to buy a 30" LCD, so I gave up on him. Second lady I got was on Dell chat, and she sounded like she would rather die then give me a deal, so no go there.

Few hours later I tried again on chat and I now just got off the Dell chat with a very nice and cute sounding gal with Dell. I simply stated that I was looking for a new 24" quality LCD for my gaming and work rig and I was really interested in the U2410 monitor. I asked politely if there was anyway I could maybe get a better deal on the U2410 beyond the standard $100 discount at $499 with 3 year advanced warranty.

After checking with her supervisor and some more sweet talking and a little bit of flirting *she was fun to talk and mess around with*, I got offered a deal with the monitor including a 4 year warranty/advance exchange plus an extra $50 off on top of $100 discount and free shipping! Score!!! If anyone asks me real nice, i'll PM you her teams extension # And no, im not telling you her name, she's mine! biggrin.gif
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