Playing a fast action game, Counter-Strike: Source, was also a great experience. In these kind of conditions minor banding issue just aren’t noticeable. Xbox 360 images also looked great when hooking up via component.
It’s undeniable though that while overall performance is very good, if we’re penickty – and we should be – the Dell quite doesn’t match up to the image quality of the Samsung 244T. The Dell does have a built in USB hub and card reader, which are very useful, but for those whom picture quality is an absolute priority that’s not really going to be enough to draw people away from the Samsung.
What would draw people away is price, but surprisingly the Dell doesn’t significantly undercut the Samsung. The cheapest we could find the Samsung 244T is £812 at Savastore, which is less than Dell wants for its screen. However, once again Overclockers is undercutting Dell, and you can get it there for £764.
The Dell is an improvement in some areas over its predecessor, namely in design and specification, but thanks to banding issues, it’s a step down from the 2405WFP. However, unless colour accuracy is a priority it’s not something that most people will notice. For general Windows work, gaming and movie watching I found this screen to be fantastic and I’ll certainly rue going back to my 17in LCD when Dell comes-a-calling for it back.
Dell has produced another fine large display at a good price, but minor flaws in image quality mean that unless Dell can lower its prices, we recommend going for the Samsung 244T instead.
Score in detail
Image Quality 8