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I've also found a great deal on the U2412M that comes out to be $292 shipped. This will be my first "monitor" I'm going to be mostly gaming and surfing. Is this a must buy?


I think it depends.

$292 is decent...but it was $269 several weeks ago...shipped. Is it worth waiting? That depends on what you need now. That's really only a $23 difference. That said, slickdeals.net "deal alerts" may help you find it cheaper.

Is the U2412M the absolute best monitor ever? No. That's why it cost what it does. Is it a very good monitor? Most definitely. Will it blow your doors off? That depends on what you have now. It smokes my old TN panel in terms of colors, viewing angle, and features. The stand is also a key feature for any monitor that I am consider since I don't VESA mount...and it has one of the best for an IPS (eIPS actually) in its price and feature range.

It doesn't have HDMI. Will that bug you? For most, it's not a big deal. Hey, it's not a 1080 panel, it has Display Port, HDMI adapters are available,and it doesn't have speakers. Thus, no HDMI was not an issue for me. You may care more.

Would a USB hub in the monitor be valuable to you? I didn't think it would have value, but it turns out that it works very well for me. If your PC is right next to your monitor, it may matter less.



If you don't have room for two monitors...or don't want to drop that much, then one larger monitor is usually the ticket. How large depends on what works for you. Personally, I think that a single 1920 x 1200 is pretty decent. As noted above, I'm not a fan of 1080. The height issue is often further exacerbated by the fact that most don't have much height adjustment in the stand,so you are staring down at a screen that is not very tall. The U2412 is taller and has significant height adjustment...and both of those aspects make a huge difference for me.


Are you the type to Google phrases like "how to remove anti-glare coating"? If so, perhaps you would like a Korean panel. Folks tend to be religious about their Korean panels, but they will cost more for the larger matrix...and some say higher quality panel. Of course, they are fairly spartan in terms of stands and features...and warranties are a coin toss. That situation is changing...and you can even get a Korean panel at Micro Center now, which presumably has a decent warranty....for $399 plus tax.

Are other IPS monitors in the price range from folks like HP worth considering instead? Umm, no. smile.gif Of course, that's just my opinion. Well, many reviewers also agree, but I'll let you do your own Googling. wink.gif
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I think it depends.
$292 is decent...but it was $269 several weeks ago...shipped. Is it worth waiting? That depends on what you need now. That's really only a $23 difference. That said, slickdeals.net "deal alerts" may help you find it cheaper.
Is the U2412M the absolute best monitor ever? No. That's why it cost what it does. Is it a very good monitor? Most definitely. Will it blow your doors off? That depends on what you have now. It smokes my old TN panel in terms of colors, viewing angle, and features. The stand is also a key feature for any monitor that I am consider since I don't VESA mount...and it has one of the best for an IPS (eIPS actually) in its price and feature range.
It doesn't have HDMI. Will that bug you? For most, it's not a big deal. Hey, it's not a 1080 panel, it has Display Port, HDMI adapters are available,and it doesn't have speakers. Thus, no HDMI was not an issue for me. You may care more.
Would a USB hub in the monitor be valuable to you? I didn't think it would have value, but it turns out that it works very well for me. If your PC is right next to your monitor, it may matter less.
If you don't have room for two monitors...or don't want to drop that much, then one larger monitor is usually the ticket. How large depends on what works for you. Personally, I think that a single 1920 x 1200 is pretty decent. As noted above, I'm not a fan of 1080. The height issue is often further exacerbated by the fact that most don't have much height adjustment in the stand,so you are staring down at a screen that is not very tall. The U2412 is taller and has significant height adjustment...and both of those aspects make a huge difference for me.
Are you the type to Google phrases like "how to remove anti-glare coating"? If so, perhaps you would like a Korean panel. Folks tend to be religious about their Korean panels, but they will cost more for the larger matrix...and some say higher quality panel. Of course, they are fairly spartan in terms of stands and features...and warranties are a coin toss. That situation is changing...and you can even get a Korean panel at Micro Center now, which presumably has a decent warranty....for $399 plus tax.
Are other IPS monitors in the price range from folks like HP worth considering instead? Umm, no. smile.gif Of course, that's just my opinion. Well, many reviewers also agree, but I'll let you do your own Googling. wink.gif

Wow that's a lot of information thank you for taking your time to answer my question. Right now I'm fine with paying $20 more since I missed that deal but I'm going to be purchasing it brand new from Ebay. What is the latest Revision? The one listed is A02 and it's stated as the "latest" though I'm not sure If I trust that enough.
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Mine are A03, not sure if that's the latest or if it matters.
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Mine are A03, not sure if that's the latest or if it matters.

I've found one that's A04. Anyone know the differences?
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I got my U2410 used for 320$(CAD) and it awesome.
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I got my U2410 used for 320$(CAD) and it awesome.

Yeah. I'm dead set on buying the Ultrasharp U2412M but I'd like to know a little more about the Revisions and the differences.
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Yeah. I'm dead set on buying the Ultrasharp U2412M but I'd like to know a little more about the Revisions and the differences.


Not sure. Both of mine are A03....but I still had to use different settings to calibrate them to match.
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Not sure. Both of mine are A03....but I still had to use different settings to calibrate them to match.

Alright thanks buddy I found a rev. A04 I guess I'll jump on that, Thanks for all the help.
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I've had one of the earlier U2412M's for a while now, and it's been a fantastic screen. The AG coating is lighter than on both the ASUS PA246Q and Dell U2410 (which I tried before getting the U2412). In fact, I do not notice the AG coating on the U2412 at all - you might if you're either very close to the screen or very sensitive to AG coating, but for me at 2ft away, I wouldn't know it's there.

In short, yup the U2412 is a fantastic choice for the price provided that you just want it for a PC monitor (no HDMI or Audio connections for consoles)
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Does anyone have any good colour calibration profiles? I've never had an IPS so not sure what to expect.
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