Just like its predecessors, Dell decided to launch the new 24? UltraSharp display in somewhat of a silent mode. UltraSharp series of IPS displays always catered to professionals and the stealthy launches were always timed to gauge the sales and avoid shortages.

Dell UltraSharp U2412MThe screen quality always was a great asset, and it isn?t uncommon to see 24" Dells even in studios which utilize only Mac computers. However, with the new U2412M display, Dell sticking with the 16:10 form factor and still avoiding the mainstream 16:9 cinema widescreen ratio.

New display finally comes with LED backlighting, a 1000:1 contrast ratio (Dell is citing 1000:1 contrast instead of dynamic contrast range, which would be at 2,000,000:1), response time of 8ms (unlike 2ms offered on TN panels, IPS panels are a bit more ?lazier?, brightness of mere 300 cd/m2 (as a comparison, my 2408WFP features 400 cd/m2).

When it comes to connectors, UltraSharp does not disappoint but still offers less connectivity than previous generations: D-SUB, only one DVI, DisplayPort and four USB 2.0 ports. You won?t find a second DVI, HDMI, Component or Card Reader capabilities, which is a shame, really.

The lack of these features enables a more affordable price of $399, rather than $549 when 2405, 2408 launched.

UPDATE 7/27/2011: The Article has been updated since it has come to light that a PR agency with many numbers in their name has released the incorrect specifications stating that the monitor would be a 1920×1080 with 16:9 rather than the actual 1920×1200 with 16:10.