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Dell S2340L monitor review

Brilliant image reproduction for the price
Fri Mar 08 2013, 14:43

Product Dell S2340L LED monitor
Specifications 23in LED backlit IPS 1920x1080 resolution 16:9 aspect ratio display, tilt stand, 60Hz refresh rate, 178° viewing angle, 16.7 million display colours, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x audio output, 24W max power consumption, 297x532x37mm without stand, 3.9kg.
Price £180

COMPUTER MAKER Dell touts its S series lineup of LED backlit monitors as a range with "impressive screen performance" and "ultra-wide viewing in a modern design". Aimed at small businesses or personal use, the S series ranges in price from £150 to £250, depending on screen size.

Our review model is the S2340L. With a 23in display, it is the second smallest of the series, which is also available in 22in, 24in and 27in models.

Dell S2340L monitor review side view

Stand installation and setup
Installation of the Dell S2340L monitor is really simple, and consists of installing the base, which screws into a vertical bar. The monitor screen then slides on top of that, requiring no additional screws of fixtures, after which you connect the power and signal cables. The monitor is light, weighing just 3.9kg with stand.

First impressions after set up: the S2340L feels sturdy and robust from the get go, offering one variable position of tilt up or down. The stand, however does not have an option to rotate or adjust in height.

Dell S2340L monitor review left side view

Display and performance
The S2340L's display is fashioned from a glossy glass panel that stretches from the right, left and top edges of the monitor, giving it a very small bezel. The bottom bezel is slightly bigger and has the Dell logo on a brushed aluminium strip. Though the viewable display doesn't reach from each end of the glass, this design does gives the S2340L a rather sleek appearance. However, overall the S2340L looks average, with a design similar to that of other Dell monitors we've seen.

Nevertheless, the LED display offers in-plane switching (IPS) technology with 1920x1080 resolution delivering vibrant high definition (HD) picture quality. Dell says its "image enhance" technology and 16.2 million colours are what gives the LED backlit display a "crisp, vivid view" as it can automatically sharpen images, enhance hues and boost colour contrast. In our experience with the S2340L, we'd have to say Dell's claims are close to correct, as the monitor produces brilliant picture quality along with good contrast and rich colour reproduction with nice deep tones and clear whites. Brightness is also decent, offering a level somewhat more than required in an average office environment.

Dell S2340L monitor review side view buttons

Testing the monitor in darker environments, the screen continued to present a brilliant high resolution picture. When turning on the lights to make its environment much lighter, the screen continued to offer the same level of detail and quality. However, as a result the S2740L's glossy screen is more susceptive to the reflecting of direct light, making it difficult to see all of the screen in high lighting conditions. For example, if you're positioned near a bright spotlight in the office, chances are the S2340L's screen will reflect it right back into your eyes.

Dell notes that the S2340L's display has a viewing angle of 178 degrees so it can be viewed with the same quality from different positions on the desk. In our tests, the S2340L lived up to Dell's promises, with text being readable until the monitor was almost at a right angle to our line of vision. No matter which angle you look at the S2340L from, the image quality is still good. Traditionally with most monitors, if you're looking at the display from a wide angle, the brightness and contrast are uneven. This wasn't the case with the S2340L.

Playing back video also proved a pleasant experience, with blacks looking very black and whites and bright colours being displayed nicely alongside darks.

Though the S2340L has a 16:9 aspect ratio, it's worth nothing that this might not be ideal for those who would use it solely for work documents, spreadsheets and web browsing. A 16:10 ratio would be more suited to those users as such a ratio is optimised with more screen real estate vertically.

However, those looking to use the S2340L for both work and entertainment, such as video playback, shouldn't find it much of a problem. The 16:9 ratio will display widescreen video with black bars at the top or bottom, and because it's 23in -unless you set the monitor's resolution low or text font size pretty high - enough of a web page or office document is displayed without having to scroll down to read on further.

Next: Configurations and connectivity.


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