Dell S2330MX Ultra-Slim Monitor - HotHardware

Dell S2330MX Ultra-Slim Monitor

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Once upon a time, CRT monitors ruled the land. They were big, they were bulky, and you could easily throw your back out if you ignored your chiropractor's advice to bend at the knees and keep your chin up, when picking up heavy objects. Back in the day, a 19-inch CRT weighed around 40 pounds and dominated your computer desk with all that junk in the trunk. But like everything else in the realm of technology, computer displays evolved.



First came LCDs, and then LCD displays sporting an LED backlight like the S2330 Ultra Slim monitor that Dell sent us. One of the main advantages to using an LED backlight is it takes up less room than the cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) type backlight found in a regular LCD monitor. That's one of the reasons why computer monitors -- and televisions -- are thinner than ever. For Dell, the S2330 Ultra Slim monitor is the company's thinnest panel ever. We're talking Mary-Kate Olsen thin, only better looking and presumably not plagued with issues. Don't confuse that to mean the S2330MX is the slimmest monitor on the planet, though at less than 0.4 inches at its thinnest point (and up to 1.19 inches at its thickest), it's certainly flatter than the majority of monitors out there and is the thinnest display we've yet reviewed. But is there more to this display than bragging rights over the size of the panel?


Dell S2330 Ultra-Slim Monitor with LED
Specifications & Features

Display Size
23" Widescreen
Resolution
1920x1080
Aspect Ratio     
16:9
Brightness
250 cd/m2  (typical)
Contrast Ratio 
1,000:1 (static); 8,000,000:1 (dynamic)
Response Time
2ms typical overdrive (gray to gray)
Viewing Angle
170 degrees (Horizontal), 160 degrees (Vertical)
Display Type
TN - Twisted Nematic, non-glare
Color Gamut 82% (CIE 1976) / 72% (CIE 1931)
Connectors
VGA; DVI-D with HDCP
Power Consumption 
25W (Max), 0.1W (Standby)
Speakers
No
Stand
Tilt
I/O Ports None
Dimensions (with stand)
21.74" x 16.15" x 7.41" (WxHxD) 
Weight
8.29 lbs
Included Accessories

Power cable w/ adapter; VGA cable; DVI-HDMI dongle; CD user's guide; documentation
Warranty
1 Year Advance Exchange (up to 5 years available for additional $89)




So long as you're not turned off by a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel, the S2330MX sports a promising spec sheet. It supports a Full HD resolution (1920x1080), a 2ms response time, and is capable of 82 percent of the color gamut, or so Dell claims. The S2330MX isn't going to threaten a professional grade IPS panel, but it does have the makings of a solid all-around workhorse in a space friendly frame that would be ideal for a college dorm, cramped home office or stylish boardroom setting.

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I just wish they'd put a damn VESA mount on the back of this thing so i could mount it and show off how thin it is. Dell u idiots.

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Nice, but I think the goal post has moved. The next physical improvement must have is little to no bezel for multi-monitor setups

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@CDeeter I agree It would also be nice to be able to physically connect the units together with some type of mounting bracket so they don't move around on you and change the config slightly.

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Yeah there you go. That would be sweet!

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What I'm interested in is seeing how this performs. I mean this may be thin but does it have vibrant colors and good black levels?

EDIT: Just read this, apparently this was an ultimate letdown...

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avoid TN by any means people, ughhhh

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ALL monitors should have VESA mounts... :-/

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IPS with quick MS response please.

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The great thing about this panel is its one of those stepping stones. the one that bridges the gap, i believe this panel will show that there is a market for high quality low cost screens. whatwe keep finding out is that we keep wanting the best but if something looks almost like it for 100dollars less will spring for that instead.

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