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I am looking at the Dell IPS displays and I believe I understand everything on the product spec pages except for the color gamut specs:

Dell UltraSharp U2412M : 82% (CIE 1976)
Dell UltraSharp U2410 : 110% (CIE 1976), AdobeRGB (96% Coverage), sRGB emulates 72% of NTSC Color (100% Coverage), xvYCC Compatibility
Dell UltraSharp U2413 : Adobe RGB 99%, sRGB 100% and 120% (CIE 1976)

Can someone please explain to me what these mean?

And is there really any big difference between the color support of 16.7 million colors vs. 1.07 billion colors? That and the 8ms vs 6ms response times are the only reasons I am stuck on deciding whether to go with the U2412M or the U2410 for an extra $150.

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The percentages tell you how much of the color range the monitor can handle with each standard.

Are you doing color critical work? If not, I wouldn't worry too much about the color gamut specs.

Also wouldn't worry about 16.7 million colors vs 1.07 billion colors. It's probably Dell's fake 10-bit and even that requires software to take advantage of it.

Good luck with your purchase! Love new toys.
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Yeah 10 bit isn't used in windows or games. Professional software is about the only thing to take advantage of 40 bit.

Also might want to look at HP's ips panels. They tend to have less input lag but same quality. thumb.gif

Also the Korean panels are cheap on eBay, but I've heard build quality is lower but the panel its self is nice.
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I am looking at the Dell IPS displays and I believe I understand everything on the product spec pages except for the color gamut specs:

Dell UltraSharp U2412M : 82% (CIE 1976)
Dell UltraSharp U2410 : 110% (CIE 1976), AdobeRGB (96% Coverage), sRGB emulates 72% of NTSC Color (100% Coverage), xvYCC Compatibility
Dell UltraSharp U2413 : Adobe RGB 99%, sRGB 100% and 120% (CIE 1976)

Can someone please explain to me what these mean?

And is there really any big difference between the color support of 16.7 million colors vs. 1.07 billion colors? That and the 8ms vs 6ms response times are the only reasons I am stuck on deciding whether to go with the U2412M or the U2410 for an extra $150.

Thanks

Colour gamut defines how red, how blue and how green the monitor is. That is to say - a higher gamut generally means that the monitor can show a more radiant red, a deeper blue and/or a more life-like green than a comparable monitor with a lesser colour gamut. However, this isn't necessarily a "more is better" situation. Given that you don't know much about colour gamut to begin with - stick with the "standard" gamut, sRGB. The U2412m is a standard gamut, sRGB monitor, whereas the U2410 and U2413 are both wide-gamut monitors. Content displayed on the U2410 and U2413 will not look right and will have oversaturated colours, especially reds. 100% of consumer content is done for sRGB.

Stick with the U2412m. It's better than the U2410 for you. And cheaper to boot.
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Colour gamut defines how red, how blue and how green the monitor is. That is to say - a higher gamut generally means that the monitor can show a more radiant red, a deeper blue and/or a more life-like green than a comparable monitor with a lesser colour gamut. However, this isn't necessarily a "more is better" situation. Given that you don't know much about colour gamut to begin with - stick with the "standard" gamut, sRGB. The U2412m is a standard gamut, sRGB monitor, whereas the U2410 and U2413 are both wide-gamut monitors. Content displayed on the U2410 and U2413 will not look right and will have oversaturated colours, especially reds. 100% of consumer content is done for sRGB.

Stick with the U2412m. It's better than the U2410 for you. And cheaper to boot.

^This. What you want is a 100% sRGB monitor as that will give you the best and most accurate colors in a games, movies and pretty much everything else. Wide gamut displays are more for professionals working in print and that sort of things.
    
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