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REVIEW / Dell G2410

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Alexandre Botella Published on August 18, 2009
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  • Screen size 24 inches
  • Panel type TN
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Response time 5 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 0 / 1 / 1 / 0
  • Other details Ambient light sensor
The arrival of the G2410 marks Dell's return to our monitor tests.  As usual, the manufacturer has put its name to a monitor in a matte black frame. 

The G2410 includes a 5 ms TN panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, but the only possible movement is tipping the screen back a little.  It's impossible to move it up and down, or to rotate it to portrait orientation.  HDMI is conspicuous by its absence, making way for DVI and VGA, and there's no sound.  In short: it has all the hardware features of a standard 22'' monitor, and nothing else.


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Average ghosting over ten frames

With a 5 ms response time--which isn't amongst the fastest these days--there's not much chance of finding a very responsive screen.  That's an accolade reserved for 2 ms monitors.  Nevertheless, our tests seemed to show the opposite, but there's a straightforward explanation.  By trying to get the most out of their hardware, Dell's engineers have pushed the components too far, producing an effect known as reverse ghosting.  When black objects move across the screen, they leave a white trail behind them.  It might not look too bad in our test photos, but it's actually more irritating than normal ghosting.  That's why the G2410 can't score above three stars in this section.

Any games that involve rapid movement are best avoided.  For office use, though, or slower games, you won't have any problems.  If you like online gaming, you'll be happy to learn that we measured the input lag at under two frames.  That means you'll remain in charge of your gaming performance, not the hardware.


Default Colours
Ideal Colours
Compare the Dell G2410 to other LCD Monitors in our Product Face-Offs

Our initial colour tests didn't leave much hope of being able to achieve accurate colours, either.  Again, there's a simple explanation: some shades suffer from a red tinge, while others are dominated by blue.  It's difficult to improve one with worsening the other using the OSD.  With its default settings, this monitor has a deltaE of 4.8.

For those of you that haven't been following, here's a brief recap of how a deltaE score works.  It's the average discrepancy between the colours sent by the graphics card and those actually displayed on screen.  In all but the most extreme cases, a deltaE under 3.0 is too small to be noticed by the untrained eye.  Even the best screens don't manage to get under 2.0

To return to the case in hand, the colours aren't awful, but anybody will be able to see the discrepancies without too much effort.  It's not a fatal flaw for the monitor, and a little calibration will improve matters.

''Maybe it's not that important for you, but for me ...''
Contrast Ratio (x:1) Black Levels ( cd/m² )
100 cd/m²  200 cd/m²        100 cd/m²  200 cd/m²
Compare the Dell G2410 to other LCD Monitors in our Product Face-Offs

In two years of testing monitors, this is a first for me.  This is the first screen that I've seen that has a contrast ratio that actually matches up with reality.  According to Dell's website, the G2410 has a contrast ratio of 100:1.  Whether that's at a brightness of 100 cd/m² or 200 cd/m², we measured exactly the same figures.  Dell deserves praise just for sticking to their advertised figures and not producing meaningless ads that claim contrast ratios that the products will never live up to.


Here, our first concern was to check whether the reverse ghosting that affected games was problem in films too.  Fortunately, even The Matrix, full of exactly those fast-moving dark objects that cause this problem, didn't prove difficult.  There was still a lot of blurriness, though, and there is no attempt at upscaling.  Basically, this monitor doesn't stand out from any others when it comes to films, either for better or for worse
Dell's green promises
Dell has done everything it can to seduce consumers keen to purchase environmentally-friendly products. Recycled components make up 25% of the external frame of the G2410, and arsenic and mercury have been removed from the glass and the back-lighting system respectively. All of the packaging materials are entirely recyclable. Even the transport is more eco-friendly, with smaller boxes, allowing more screens to fit into the same container.

The G2410's consumption can be adjusted using a special sensor which adjusts the brightness in response to ambient light levels. As you can see in the Product Face-Off, it is already very economical in its energy usage.


  • High contrast ratio


  • TN panel, so poor vertical viewing angles
  • Few extra options
  • Some reverse ghosting
  • Colours could be more accurate


It's a difficult choice: on the one hand, this is a very green product, but on the other, a lot of small problems have stacked up. It's up to you to decide which way to go.
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