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Dell UltraSharp U2412M or Samsung S24A850DW for a second monitor

Poll Results: Best Secondary Monitor for my needs?

Poll expired: Sep 18, 2012  
  • 37% (3)
    Samsung S24A850DW
  • 62% (5)
    Dell UltraSharp U2412M
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post #1 of 7
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Wondering if you could give me your opinions on a second monitor for my setup. I currently have a Dell UltraSharp U2713HM which I'm using as my primary monitor (Business Applications and the Odd Game). I'm looking for a second monitor this monitor would not be used for any gaming, maybe just the odd YouTube video.

I would like a 16:10 aspect ratio to get that little bit more vertical height. Primarily I'm looking for the best secondary monitor for text and business applications.

Primarily I'm torn between the Dell UltraSharp U2412M, as it would match the aesthetic of primary monitor (U2713HM), and it seems to have been rated quite highly in reviews. And Samsung S24A850DW this is a PLS display again with the desired 16:10 Aspect ratio. I'm interested in the Samsung as it's using PLS technology, but I've heard slightly dodgy things about bad color bleed on this monitor.
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http://samsungs24a850dw.blogspot.com/

Did you read this review? In that reviewer's opinion text was actually sharper on the U2412M vs. the semi-glossy Samsung. He really ripped the Samsung for the backlight bleeding, but that can happen with any monitor (I tried an NEC 27" this summer that was that bad). If you are fine with the AG coating on your U2713HM from what I've heard the U2412M is slightly less noticeable.
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http://samsungs24a850dw.blogspot.com/
Did you read this review? In that reviewer's opinion text was actually sharper on the U2412M vs. the semi-glossy Samsung. He really ripped the Samsung for the backlight bleeding, but that can happen with any monitor (I tried an NEC 27" this summer that was that bad). If you are fine with the AG coating on your U2713HM from what I've heard the U2412M is slightly less noticeable.

I have no problem at all with the anti glare on my U2713HM. Thanks not seen this, but damn I'm reading in a lot of places about this back lighting bleed issue. Definitely leaning towards the Dell
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The AG the U2412 (and pretty much every other matte IPS) is much grainier than the AG used by the U2713 which is basically semi-glossy like the S24850DW. An NEC 2490 is used in that review, which was a 1000$+ display.

The U2412 would be a downgrade for text coming from a U2713, but the S24A850D is not worth the 450$ price tag given it's lack of features and common light bleeding.

The U2412 is not without its' issues either (common bleeding and contrast variances: one unit will have 30% higher contrast/deeper blacks than another), but it's 150$ cheaper & Dell has an awesome warranty service.

Spend 300-400$$ & get a glossy 27" 2560x1440 Korean IPS (CrossOver 27Q LED-P) which would compliment the U2713 nicely.
Edited by MenacingTuba - 9/16/12 at 7:21pm
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The AG the U2412 (and pretty much every other matte IPS) is much grainier than the AG used by the U2713 which is basically semi-glossy like the S24850DW.
The U2412 would be a downgrade for text coming from a U2713, but the S24A850D is not worth the 450$ price tag given it's lack of features and common light bleeding.
The U2412 is not without its' issues either (common bleeding and contrast variances: one unit will have 30% higher contrast/deeper blacks than another), but it's 150$ cheaper & Dell has an awesome warranty service.
Spend 300$ & get a glossy 27" 2560x1440 Korean IPS which would compliment the U2713 nicely.

Really pleased with the U2713, and definitively recon your right the U2412M monitor will be a step down in quality. But I can't go over budget on the secondary monitor, especially because it will never be used for gaming or much video (beyond the youtube etc..o). I currently have a Synmaster 2243 BW 22'' as my secondary and the perfomance gap is distracting wink.gif the way I see it is the U2412M is BIG step up from that
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MenacingTuba View Post

The AG the U2412 (and pretty much every other matte IPS) is much grainier than the AG used by the U2713 which is basically semi-glossy like the S24850DW. An NEC 2490 is used in that review, which was a 1000$+ display.
The U2412 would be a downgrade for text coming from a U2713, but the S24A850D is not worth the 450$ price tag given it's lack of features and common light bleeding.
The U2412 is not without its' issues either (common bleeding and contrast variances: one unit will have 30% higher contrast/deeper blacks than another), but it's 150$ cheaper & Dell has an awesome warranty service.
Spend 300-400$$ & get a glossy 27" 2560x1440 Korean IPS (CrossOver 27Q LED-P) which would compliment the U2713 nicely.

Sorry about that guys - went brain dead and was thinking of the U2711 when I was comparing the AG coating vs. the U2412M. As far as my U2412M goes I guess I hit the quality lottery. Very uniform panel and good blacks, whites and color (calibrated it with a Spyder4 Elite).
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Sorry about that guys - went brain dead and was thinking of the U2711 when I was comparing the AG coating vs. the U2412M. As far as my U2412M goes I guess I hit the quality lottery. Very uniform panel and good blacks, whites and color (calibrated it with a Spyder4 Elite).

Just pulled the trigger on U2412M from Amazon.

I've never calibrated a monitor before and the U2713HM comes factory calibrated, is it worth calibrating this monitor and the u2412m with kit like the Spyder. I only work with documents and such and game on my computer, no photography.

The U2713hm pretty much passes the calibration from this website http://www.lagom.nl with no need to touch any setting, I guess in part to the factory calibration.
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