“ Brand: Dell / Diagonal Size: 17 in „
My needs from a PC monitor are fairly basic. I have used this monitor for around 8 years, and it has served me perfectly well for most of that time. In terms of size, the screen is ideal at 17" widescreen dimensions. This means that it's only slightly wider than the keyboard which sits in front of it and makes for a really tidy desk layout. It is a really tidy looking monitor too with a narrow black border around the edge of the screen with neat square edges and carefully rounded corners finishing off the look. It stands on a single foot base on a stand which is the ideal height - only standing about 3 inches off the desk at the bottom which is ideal for a comfortable working position for me. The monitor is also fairly slimline and looks good, but it is surprisingly heavy when you actually lift it.
The controls buttons for the screen are housed - almost hidden - within the edging on the right hand side towards the bottom - they do not stand out as buttons and this all adds to the sleek look. The bottom button is the on/off switch, and the four above are used for adjusting the screen in terms of brightness, position etc. and over the years I have very rarely used these buttons. If and when the need does arise, the menus and navigation is very easy, with a designated "enter" button to make selections and with clear on-screen displays to see colour/contrast/brightness levels being adjusted and so on.
Within the menus are options which include a number of preset optimum settings depending on your visual preferences - gaming, photographic, warm or cool. I have only really looked at this since writing this review, and I have never used these settings, finding the preset standard settings just fine for my everyday computing needs. Switching between the presets, I can't honestly detect any difference on the gaming/multimedia selection although the warm and cool options are quite distinct from each other.
The monitor is generously adjustable in terms of tilting and angles, and it is very easy to move in very small degrees which made it easy to work with regardless of what time of day it was and whereabouts the sun was shining from. The screen itself is quite shiny rather than matt but I never had serious issues with glare or reflection. I always found the monitor to give very clear sharp images, including when I have occasionally watched videos on it, and colours were always great. The monitor also has energy credentials, being "Energy Star" rated which means that it is economical to use, using minimal power.
The only occasional issue I've had with this monitor have been a few times where I have experienced 'bleeding' of graphics on the screen - blurring and trails on the mouse etc. I have never get to the bottom of this, and the suggested answer I found on line of leaving the monitor switched off overnight would not rectify it. Leaving it switched off over a weekend would always clear the issue but in the meantime, whilst it is still usable for work (if annoying), it certainly wouldn't be possible to use it for gaming or watching video, so it's a serious negative point. I would say this has happened 3 times over the past couple of years, so it does appear to be possibly linked to its age.
Overall, it's done a great job but it's lifespan is certainly coming to its end.