Dell S2330MX Ultra-Slim Monitor


One thing we'd like to see become standard with all monitor bundles is the inclusion of a lint free cloth, particularly if the panel features a glossy design like the S2330MX. Unfortunately, Dell doesn't toss any into the box, but the OEM does include everything else you could possibly need.

Packed in the box you'll find:
  • The monitor itself (always a welcome inclusion when you purchase a monitor, don't you think?)
  • Stand riser and stand base
  • Power cable and adapter cable
  • VGA cable
  • DVI-to-HDMI dongle
  • CD user's guide
  • Various documentation you can read at your leisure or use for kindling
Nothing fancy, though we like that Dell includes an HDMI adapter, as the S2300MX doesn't include an HDMI port.  DVI is in there though of course.

Having reviewed some big and burly monitors in the past few months, we cleared the room of pets and any objects that might get in the way while doing that dance you do when trying to lift something heavy out of a cramped cardboard box. Our quick cleanup of the surrounding area was completely unnecessary, and the first thing that struck us about the S2330MX was its weight. At less than 8.3 pounds, it's lighter than some notebooks (and certainly thinner).

As we mentioned above, Dell went the high gloss route, so be prepared to spend some time wiping away finger smudges and dust, both of which show up on the bezel and circular base. On the plus side, it looks attractive, and there isn't a whole lot of bezel to begin with. We measured the bezel at 2/3rds of an inch on the sides and back, and 1 and 3/8 inches on the bottom.

Missing from the S2330MX are extraneous add-ons, like a USB hub, media card, and/or built-in speakers. These are all necessary tradeoffs in order to build a panel this thin, at least without having to jack up the price.

Part of the space saving design lies within the compact base. From edge-to-edge, we measured the diameter at a more than manageable 7.5 inches, give or take an eight of an inch (that's a little over 19 centimeters for the rank and file of the metric system).

The stand provides sufficient tilt (4 degrees forward, 21 degrees backward) whether you like to slouch in your computer chair or sit up straight like statue. However, hulking giants take note, you can't adjust the height, so you better be rocking an adjustable chair if you want to sit eye level with the display. Pivot isn't supported either.

It almost seems sacrilegious to stack an Apple iPad 2 tablet on top of a Dell monitor most people will end up pairing with a Windows-based PC, but hey, it offers a sense of scale and, along with our Motorola Droid X2 smartphone, it puts the panel's slim size into perspective. Heck, if Dell had integrated a dial-pad into the S2330MX, we could have been fooled into thinking this was a next generation smartphone with the way screen sizes keep increasing.

How do you build a panel this thin and still include input connectors? You don't, and that's why there's a small area towards the bottom of the back that sticks out about half an inch. Does that mean Dell is fudging the numbers? Not as far as we're concerned. The OEM clearly labels the depth at 1.19-inches, which takes into account this back protrusion. And even with the small bulge, the S2330MX appears super slim and maintains a graceful aesthetic.

From left to right, you'll find a Kensington security port, power connector, DVI-D with HDCP (cable included), and VGA (cable included). Dell also tosses in a DVI-to-HDMI adapter in case you want to hook up your gaming console, Blu-ray player, notebook, and so forth.

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