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2 reasons to buy Dell ST2310 

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The Good The Dell ST2310 is a great 23-inch monitor with low-cost HDMI and DVI support.

The Bad The low brightness of the Dell ST2310 keeps colors from really appearing when watching movies and playing games. The monitor also lacks ergonomic options and add-ons.

The Bottom Line The ST2310 has a low price tag and is well suited for everyday tasks, but it lacks some of the additional features included in the displays at a similar price.

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6.7 Overall

  • Design
    6
  • Features
    6
  • Performance
    7
  • Support
    8


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Dell ST2310

The Dell ST2310 has an MSRP of $ 229, but it can be found on the Dell site for $ 179, making it one of the cheapest 23-inch displays we’ve seen. The monitor has DVI and HDMI connections. Unfortunately, its relatively low brightness damages its performance in movies and games, and the lack of ergonomic options and accessories such as USB ports and built-in speakers puts it in the “good for everyday tasks” category. If you’re looking for a 23-inch 23-inch display with additional accessories, check out the Asus V236H, which includes both a headphone jack and built-in speakers for $ 189.

Design and features
The Dell ST2310 is very similar to Dell’s own SX2210, with a glossy black bezel along with a bright white back. The ST2310 canvas has 0.9 inches on both sides and 1.25 inches on the bottom with the silver Dell logo. Its depth is 2.9 inches and the panel is 22 inches wide. The 8.8-inch round footrest is expected, and with such a narrow display stand, the display shakes and slides significantly when knocking around, but surprisingly, it has never felt too unstable.

The screen has a slightly frosted matte finish with an anti-glare finish and the bottom panel is approximately 2.75 inches from the desktop. Unfortunately, the height of the screen is not adjustable, and portrait mode does not have the ability to rotate the screen or rotate the screen. Its ability to tilt the screen back 20 degrees is its only ergonomic function.

Connection options include HDMI, VGA and DVI. In addition, there is audio input and audio output. All its connections are located on the back panel at the bottom right of the panel and facing down. There is a small chassis space between the connections and the back panel, which makes access to the connections a little more frustrating than what we would like to see. Thus, connecting ports almost requires placing a panel on its screen to access the ports. The back panel has audio input and output ports for connecting the monitor directly to an external audio device.

The display array of display buttons is located at the bottom right edge of the panel and consists of four buttons arranged vertically. Pressing any of the buttons brings up an on-screen menu that pops up parallel to the array of buttons, and each option corresponds to one of four buttons. As soon as a new menu appears, the button function changes dynamically as the top two buttons become the up and down arrow buttons used to navigate the recently displayed menu. Because any button labels for the OSD (other displays usually indicate them on the panel), calibrating the display in a dark room proved to be painless.

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OSD options include standard brightness, contrast, and different color settings. The previous settings are divided into two categories: Graphics and Video. There are six presets for the graphics to choose from: Standard, Multimedia, Gaming, Warm, Cool, and Custom. His previous settings for video are: Cinema, Games, Sports and Nature. The presets change nothing but the balance of red, green and blue; so how well each installation works is subjective. There are options for adjusting the hue, sharpness, and color saturation, as well as additional options for adjusting the OSD for up to a minute (useful for those who spend a lot of time calibrating).

16: 9 aspect ratio The Dell ST2310 supports native Full HD resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels. This continues to see an increasing number of monitor providers moving up to 16: 9 from 16:10, as high-definition content – including 1080p movies – can fit on a 1 920×180 pixel screen in full screen without stretching the image.

Manufacturer Specifications:
Resolution: 1,920×1,080 pixels
Pixel Response Rate: 5ms
Contrast: 1000: 1
Connection: HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
HDCP compatible? So
Video cables included? VGA
Brightness: 250 cd / m2
Backlight: CCFL
Panel type: TN

Performance
We tested the Dell ST2310 with its DVI connection. The display shows a composite score of 90 on display-based performance tests in CNET labs that corresponds to a less than 23-inch Asus VH236H 93. Dell showed most of our color tests well, without showing any signs of compression on the bright end of the color scale tests indicating that it can distinguish between different levels of near-peak white shades; however, Dell had issues with dark gray and was unable to distinguish between very dark gray and black. During the dark screen test, there was obvious bleeding of the backlight or opacities on the top and bottom edges of the screen.

ST2310 received a brightness of 203 cand. Per square meter (cd / m2) is lower than Dell’s stated 250 cd / m2 monitor, as well as lower than the 283 cd / m2 Asus VH236H.

We used the pre-installed ST2310 movie to check “Kill Bill. Volume 1” on DVD and several 1080p movie files from the WMV HD Showcase. In both Kill Bill and 1080p movies, we found that while the overall body color was close to accurate, the details like snow and white were darker than we wanted and almost looked gray compared to the Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 .

We looked at World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament 3 and didn’t see any sign of delayed entry, shooting or ghosts while moving fast, but both games could benefit from a brighter image that the ST2310 couldn’t provide.

The optimum viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front of it, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. From this angle, you view the colors and gamut by destination. Most monitors are not considered in any other angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angle depends on the type of panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen when viewed from sub-optimal angles. The Dell ST2310 uses a TN panel, and when viewed from the side or bottom, we perceived the screens darkening about 6 inches from the center. Of course, when viewed from the optimum angle, we had no problems.

Juice box
Dell ST2310 Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 20.57
On (max luminance) 23.5
On (min luminance) 13.35
Sleep 0.52
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 22.22
Annual energy cost $6.50
Score Good

In our power consumption tests, the Dell ST2310 had a surprisingly low power consumption incl. / The default is 20.57W, compared to the 39.58W Asus VH236H and 20.09W XL2370. Dell standby power is low 0.52W. Asus’ was 2.7 watts higher, and the XL2370 was 1.42 watts higher. Based on our formula, the ST2310 will cost a low $ 6.50 a year, compared to the Asus ’13, $ 68 a year and Samsung’s $ 9.96.

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Brightness (cd / m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
452 Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
344 Dell SP2309W
297 Asus V236H
283 Samsung SyncMaster P2370
239 Dell G2410
234 Dell ST2310
203

Contrast ratios
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell ST2310
1,153:1 Samsung SyncMaster P2370
1,064:1 Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
1,008:1 Dell G2410
948:1 Asus V236H
905:1 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
891:1 Dell SP2309W
648:1

DisplayMate test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell G2410
97 Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
96 Samsung SyncMaster P2370
93 Asus V236H
92 Dell ST2310
90 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
90 Dell SP2309W
90

Learn more about how we test LCD monitors.

Service and support
Dell maintains the ST2310 with a solid warranty, including a three-year spare parts and payroll warranty covering the backlight. It also offers 24-7 toll-free support, 24-7 web chat, and Dell has a fast 24-48 hours email – a better package than most monitor vendors that don’t offer weekend support. Navigating the Dell Web site and finding drivers, guides, and quick guides was easy and easy.

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