Sometimes you run into a product that is its own unique type of beast. This Dell monitor happens to be that type of occasion. The combination of price, features, and clarity create a total package that is pretty hard to ignore. When everybody is having fun on the playground sometimes there is that one kid who is just totally unfair and that seems to be Dell’s goal with this model. If you ever wondered how it felt to be the one who has it all this is the definition of that in the high mid tier laptop range.
The touchscreen by itself is great but the full HD display is also quite beautiful in its 1080P glory. Throwing that to the side is the insane level of connectivity that is similar to having full USB hub built out of your monitor. Follow it up with a slick design fit for any Star Trek fans use at whatever angle you prefer.
On top of all that your telling me the price is only around $300 and it becomes especially hard to look away.
Design and Features
In the world of monitors the touchscreens stand off to the side in one of those special categories. You have the 4K HD, the curved widescreens, and then you have the touchscreens. So the ultimate monitor would possible combine all three in some sort of way as inconceivable as that may be, you would think. The dilemma is that when you combine all of these things they end up working away from each other leaving a jumbled mess.
The perfect monitor focuses on just a certain aspect and combines it with parts of the others all in a affordable package. This super slim border 1920 x 1080 resolution touchscreen combines a highly functional touchscreen with superb visuals to stun its users. The screen has amazing color depth allowing over 16.7 million colors along with a great contrast ration of 1000:1. This type of combination is pretty common for many upper tier monitors.
It is pretty rare to see them together for under $300 in a touchscreen so this monitor is liable to be found at the end of a rainbow. The brightness score is also pretty standard for this monitors tier. As per usual for a monitor in this range with a special feature the speed is lagging a bit behind. A 60 hz refresh rate maxes you out at the still decent 60 frames per second and the 6 millisecond response time will not be winning any races any time soon. We also do not have any specific graphical synchronization capabilities, but serious gamers probably will not be interested in a touchscreen anyway.
Finally we have the good stuff for your eyes. With flicker free and Comfort View technology this monitor is good for extended usage. The picture is overall of for the price but great when you consider everything else.
Everything so far is enough for this monitor to be well priced right about $300 but the extras are what makes this model kind of ridiculous.
First I must point out the multitude of viewing angles this model is capable of with tilt and pivot adjustability so you can stand it up straight like tradition or prop it up like a tablet. That is just the appetizer as the main course is the insane amount of connectivity in this mode.
Choose a hand because Dell decided to add a USB port for every finger. We have two USB 2.0 ports, a couple of the ten times faster USB 3.0 ports and even a 3.0 charging port for super fast charging of all your devices. This monitor can double as the secret headquarters for all of your computer operations. On top of the USB ports we have your classic HDMI and VGA ports for covering the basics. Since this is a touch screen Dell has included organizational technology that will help you get the most efficiency you can out of your files. With all those ports Dell included a nice cable management system to avoid mess.
This is a great example for all the competitors to follow as the utility of this model is next level.
Dell P2418HT Touch Monitor Conclusion
One day long ago someone told me that it was impossible to have all the cake and eat it too, and to them I present exhibit A. This is a crazy little model that surpassed my expectations. Its a touch screen so thats around $200 already then we add on 1080p full HD and I’d probably put a nice $300 dollar tag on it.
However we have that plus a outstanding amount of connectivity that would expect me to see a price of around $400 and call it a day. Instead Dell breaks expectations by allowing this monitor to hit the market for under $300, and they say big business doesn’t have a heart. Ten point touch allows you to perform a variety of gesture with high accuracy and still you don’t leave a smudge. The screen is even sturdy enough to stand up to a bit of turmoil with scratch resistance.
My good sir Dell you have out done yourself here.