Dell S Series Screen LED-Lit Monitor 23″ Review

Dell S Series (S2318H) Review

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This Dell monitor does not astound as far as crazy capabilities or unique specializations like others. Instead Dell aims to accomplish a simple mission. Make a good monitor that will work well for people who are on a budget. If you are not really interested in a bunch of bells and whistles this is a pretty good monitor for you.

The price is extremely reasonable considering we have high resolution full high definition for right around $175 dollars. There is a ton of value in a 23 inch IPS display running at 1080P for under 200. However closing up your wallet will mean you miss out on unreal high end speed or other goodies but it will still look great.

Dell went with a smooth curved design that makes this monitor look much better than the price would have you believe. This is the conservative buy for anyone who wants a taste of full HD with their monitors but doesn’t need the feast that much higher priced monitors can bring.

Specs at a Glance

  • 23″ IPS FHD Display
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 1920 x 1080 Maximum Resolution
  • 6 ms Response Time
  • 60 Hz Refresh Rate
  • 1000:1 Native Contrast
  • 8 Million:1 Dynamic Contrast
  • 250 cd/m2 Brightness
  • 16.7 Million Colors
  • Comfort View
  • 1x VGA Port
  • 1x HDMI Port
  • Tilt Adjustable
  • Security Lock Slot
  • 3W Stereo Speakers
  • Audio Line In
  • Audio Line Out
  • Product Dimensions 20.6 x 5.8 x 15.9 inches
  • 3 Year Limited Warranty

Pros

  • Really good picture quality allowing for great visuals for such an affordable price
  • Better speaker system than you will find on most monitors even at the high end
  • Price and specs give it pretty great value

Cons

  • Doesn’t have any graphics card synchronization
  • Speed is very average
  • Utility is lacking, there are very few ports for anything

Dell S Series Screen LED-Lit Monitor 23" Review

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Design and Features

One of the first things you will notice about this monitor is its stylish design. You don’t usually expect monitors this cheap to look so good.

The borders benefit from a ultra thin bezel that almost merges with the edge of your screen. The size of the screen at 23 inches is pretty good for sub 200 as well, especially when you consider it uses the industry standard IPS style surface.

This should leave no surprise when I tell you that the best part of this monitor is its crisp and clear matte screen. Which is pretty nice considering monitors are basically screens. The resolution is 1920 x 1080 giving to you the full HD capabilities that made you want to buy a new monitor in the first place. 1080P looks really good when you do not have to break the bank for it.

The color quality is extremely impressive with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and over 16.7 million colors the display rivals many monitors that cost closer to $400 dollars which is pretty spectacular.

Even the brightness score is comparable to many higher priced models at 250 cd/m2. If you are looking for picture quality on a budget you really can not go wrong with this one. To go along with the picture we have Comfort

View technology that helps reduce your eye strain on extended use. This coupled with the flicker free technology create a package that your eyes will surely appreciate. It is not all sunshine and roses though as some specs are not necessarily bad but definitely are not the same highlights as the picture quality. With a refresh rate of 60 Hz thats the definition of average for any designer whose not trying to push at all.

The response time of 6 milliseconds is also subpar though still ok for a sub $200 monitor.

The other main negative that really depends on if you are looking for it or not is it does not have any graphics synchronization. G-Sync or FreeSync is a really nice feature for gamers as it allows their graphics card to work with the monitor to maximize the experience.

So the speed and sync are missing but that does not stop this monitor from offering a level of color detail that is quite unprecedented.

Extra Features

The raised base allows your monitor to sit above any desk clutter while also giving you the ability to adjust the tilt to whatever you need. There are not many ports as this monitor only comes with the basics for connecting your display and not much else.

We have a HDMI port and a VGA port for whatever your preference, but USB ports are no where to be found. So that is not great for utility but it is pretty common for lower priced monitors to lack in this area.

One thing Dell does deliver is a 3 watt stereo speaker system that outpaces a good sixty percent of the monitors you’ll see. We still have inputs though if you want to run headphones instead, though it is nice to see a monitor that does not rely on external speakers. Dell included a security lock slot along with a 3 year limited warranty in case any unforeseen issues arise.

The picture is so nice on the model it’d be a shame to waste it on out the box defects.

Dell S Series Screen LED-Lit Monitor 23″ Conclusion

Not all monitors are created equal, but they are not priced equally either and thats where you will really appreciate this bad boy.

Dell brings you all of that 1080P beauty on a large 23 inch IPS screen guaranteeing fantastic images all without breaking $200 dollars. Definitely one of those times when it pays to be at the top of the monitor marketplace.

You get what you pay for is a double edged sword here as you do get the great picture quality but you also don’t get much else. No extra USB ports for extra gadgets. No graphics card synchronization alienating the gamers, and the speed is nothing to write home about.

So the question is do you need all of that, or would you rather keep a bit more money close to home and enjoy your gorgeous monitor that just plain looks good?

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