by Mike McNamee Published 01/02/2014
For many years we have been running an old 19" Neovo LCD monitor (circa 2004, actually!) alongside a much newer reference grade Eizo CG243W. There have always been calibration issues with the Neovo, indeed it was fit only for hosting Photoshop palettes and even then not ones involving colours! It was so poor when using InDesign that the colour swatch panel always had to be moved when selecting colours for design.
Things came to a head when the Neovo was needed to display one of the Linux servers and so it was decided to purchase a replacement to more closely 'match' the Eizo. For dual-screen working it pays to have the same physical size and resolution for both units so that the mouse crossing the screens is seamless. This limited the choice of new monitors to 24-inch size with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. The Dell was chosen on cost grounds; it was slightly better specified than some of its rivals but still under £300. At £290, it was delivered for free in under two days.
Dual Screen gives acres of screen real estate
The U2412M is designated as an IPS+W LED technology which was relatively unusual when it was launched in May 2011. At the time it was tested by TFT Central and their test findings proved to be in accord with our own even though their review played no part in the decisionmaking (we found it when researching this piece!). The test data TFT Central obtained are tabled below and placed the Dell in the middle of the pack in comparison to its rivals.
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