Dell P2418D with WQHD IPS panel
When it comes to relatively affordable monitors with a decent resolution and very good but still practical pixel density, the Dell P2416D has proven popular. The styling and in particular bezel thickness did put some users off, though, giving it a slightly dated and somewhat bulky appearance. The P2418D addresses this with a refreshed and much more svelte appearance, brining things in line with some of their recent UltraSharp models in that respect. The bezels have a dual-stage design with very slim hard plastic outer component and a slender panel border that blends in seamlessly when the screen is switched off. The OSD (On Screen Display) controls on this model are forward-facing buttons located at the right side of the bottom bezel. The power button has an integrated soft white LED power indicator.
The monitor uses a 23.8” IPS-type (In-Plane Switching or similar variant) panel with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. As usual for this panel type, a 1000:1 static contrast is specified alongside 178°/178° viewing angles. A matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, hopefully with a slightly less grainy surface texture than that used on the P2416D. 8-bit colour is supported, although dithering use is currently unknown. A flicker-free LED backlight is employed offering a standard colour gamut (99% sRGB typical is specified), whilst a ‘Low Blue Light’ (LBL) setting is included. A typical maximum brightness of 300 cd/m² is specified alongside a 5ms grey to grey response time; as usual, take the latter value with a pinch of salt. The included stand offers full ergonomic flexibility; tilt (5° forwards, 21° backwards), swivel (45°/45° left/right), height (130mm or 5.12 inches) and pivot adjustment (90° clockwise into portrait). Most of the ports are located at the rear and face downwards, they include; AC power input (internal power converter), HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2 and 4 USB 3.0 ports (2 at the side – 1 with BC 1.2 fast-charging). The stand can be detached using a quick-release button beneath the neck and replaced with an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution.
A view of the rear
Further information on this model can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is available in the US for ~$370. Provided there is sufficient demand and a sample can be made available, we’ll consider reviewing this model.