Dell SP2309W Monitor – ultimate gaming on a budget?

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There has never been a better time for a gamer – even the modern day mid range cards are capable of delivering some incredible frame rates at high resolutions with eye candy cranked to the hilt. If you want to get the greatest and most immersive experience from your games however you really will need a big panel. Thankfully there is a huge selection of ‘true HD’ screens from various manufacturers at tempting price points – some of the 23 and 24 inch models for instance are retailing below the £200 mark.

Dell have always been known to produce a great range of monitors and today we are going to look at a budget 23 inch TN panel called the SP2309W which delivers a staggering resolution of 2048×1152 – well in excess of standard 1080p resolution (1920×1080).

Display Type: LCD Display/TFT Active Matrix
Built in Devices: 2.0 megapixel camera
Width: 22in
Depth: 10.4 in
Height: 17.5 in
Weight: 17.2lbs
Enclosure Color: Black
Image Ratio: 16:9
Image Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Image Contrast: 80,000:1/80,000:1 (dynamic)
Max. horizontal view angle: 160
Max vertical view angle: 170
Diagonal Size: 23 in widescreen
Viewable size: 23 in
Dot Pitch/Pixel Pitch: 0.249mm
Max Resolution: 2048 x 1152
Response Time: 2ms
Front Panel Controls: Power on/off
Display Positions Adjustments: Tilt, Swivel
Video Output: None
Signal Input: HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
Features: True Life, 98% color gamut
Video Input: Analog Video Signal: RGB
Digital Video Standard: Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
Audio Type: None
Output Power/ Channel: 2 Watt
Input Device: None
Interfaces: 1 x VGA – 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) , 1 x DVI-D – 24 pin digital DVI , 4 x Hi-Speed USB – 4 pin USB Type A , 1 x HDMI – 19 pin HDMI Type A , 1 x Audio line-in , 1 x Audio line-out
Connections: VGA , – DVI-Digital , – HDMI , – Audio Line-in , – Audio Line-out
Cables Included: 1 x VGA cable , 1 x DVI cable
Power Consumption Operational :65 Watt
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep: 2 Watt

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  • wira020
    May 9, 2010
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    Nice review, i feel like i should buy this monitor now… however, i wish you guys can try out the camera and max refresh rate supported.. and maybe also the usb function… btw, good site, love the contents here…

    p/s: Something wrong with the comment box, i cant see what i’m writing, like the alphabets are all white in color.. using firefox btw…

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  • Zardon
    May 9, 2010
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    Thanks – we are going to fix the text issue shortly, sorry for the inconvenience. We didn’t really have a very long time with the screen so I had to omit some testing. The USB works well however..

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    May 9, 2010
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  • Ladyfox
    May 10, 2010
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    Whenever I look at monitor reviews I always look for the same particulars; Supported Resolutions: ???, 1:1 Pixel Mapping: ???, Response Time: ???, Input Lag: ???

    While these may not be important to some for those of us who play fighting games like Street Fighter 4 or older DOS/Windows titles that only support resolutions below 800×600 these are critical. Without these, no matter really how good a screen is, it’s a killer deal for anyone wanting to use these for older PC titles or some console games that require these features.

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  • edward
    May 10, 2010
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    1:1 pixel mapping is supported

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  • Bleek
    May 16, 2010
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    I am getting this delivered tommorrow, finally purchase it direct from the dell site after 3 weeks of research. £185 all in with 3 year warranty, the dell ST2410 was the same price on the site, but the picture quality is not on the same level as the sp2309w. Another monitor I looked at was the samsung xl2370 boasting a 5,000,00:1 contrast ratio and an ultra slim design however I think it lacked hdmi connectivity and had a 5ms response time so no good for me as an avid pc gamer.

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