We've been avid fans of Dell's Ultrasharp line of monitors for years now; some have even heralded it as "The poor man's Apple Cinema Display
." And if you know anything about Apple's premium line of monitors, that definitely means something.
So, does this sexy glossy black bezel have what it takes to be your next LED entertainment monitor display fix? We compare inputs, value, and features so you don't have to, after the jump.
One thing the Dell has the advantage over Apple is the versatility of video inputs; you get all of the video standards, no adapters needed - DVI, HDMI, and VGA, as well as room for Dell's soundbar expansion.
Compared to the Apple Cinema LED, where Displayport seems to be the only means of connection, it certainly seems like a much better option for those of us who still own computers using those normal video output standards. However, Dell's display lacks any USB ports compared to Apple's (which is surprising given that's what has distinguished their Ultrasharp line of monitors from Apple's in the past was the addition of a USB/SD/Combo reader).
The screens come with a much slimmer profile than many of Dell's previous monitors, touch screen controls, and Energy Star 5.0 compliance, saving you plenty more on the electric bill.
So who wins? If you're on a budget, the Dell is a no brainer. It's a fraction of the cost and has inputs most of us have cables for, rather than pushing for a brand new paradigm of connectors. But if you're looking for a slightly sexier design (which is all subjective in the context of the other tech you have, of course), we'd vouch for Apple any day.
The new line of LED monitors comes in 4 flavors: The ST2220L (21.5") sells for $199.99, the 2220M (22") goes for $189.99, the 2320L (23") is $229.99, and the ST2420L (24") is $259.99. All of the new screens are available now for purchase.