Replacing the last CRT

Overview

I was still using a CRT connected to my Mac Mini, as I’m rarely using it. As this will change soon, I needed a replacement. Unfortunately the usual consumer devices as found in typical shops are often glossy – if not the panel itself, at least the cabinet. The closest to an acceptable compromise were some of the LG Flatrons (e.g. the E2441V), but a small stripe around the display and the stand still are as glossy as a grand piano.

I left the consumer displays alone and read the reviews of two Dell devices. The U2412M 24″ display provides an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a resolution of 1.920 x 1.200 pixels (in-depth german language review), whereas the U2312HM 23″ display provides a ratio of 16:9 and 1.920 x 1.080 pixels (in-depth german language review) respectively.

I wanted to buy the U2412M, but I found an U2312HM s/h at a very attractive price tag so I could not resist buying it. It arrived two days ago.

Package Content

The package contains an optical disc with drivers and the like, a quick setup guide, a USB cable, a power chord, and video cables, both VGA and DVI:

The add-ons

The add-ons

Panel and Stand

The main content is the panel and its stand, of course. The stand just snaps into the back of the panel, while no tooling is required. The stand also contains a cutout to bundle the cables. A simple but useful detail:

The panel and the stand

The panel and the stand

Connectivity

The panel provides two power inputs, DisplayPort in, a DVI input, a VGA input (but no HDMI input). The panel can act as a USB hub also, thus it provides one USB-Upstream and two USB-Downstream jacks:

The Connectivity

The Connectivity

Two further USB inputs are placed on the left hand side of the panel and are very handy to connect USB thumb drives or handsets.

Operation

The device can be adjusted to the desired position in a number of ways. The user can rotate the stand and turn the display in an upright position. It can be moved up and down, and tilted. With its completely matte and unobtrusive surface, it’s a perfect display for my needs:

Connected

Connected

Conclusion

I’m glad I bought it – it’s just a great device. As the resolution addict I am, only one wish came up since I set it up – even more pixels, please :) .

I’m not a fan of the 16:9 ratio often found on computer displays nowadays. My previous notebook had a 4:3 resolution of 1400:1050 pixels, and my current notebook provides a 16:10 resolution of 1680:1050 pixels. Now I have even more pixels in width, but still only 1080 pixels in height. Heck, a 4:3 display of 1920:1440 pixels in an upright position would be great :) .