It’s been a criminally long time since we’ve had a display review, partly because we’ve been changing and revamping our test bench with some new things you’ve been asking for, and partly because Jarred has graciously offered to let me do display reviews while he focuses on notebooks and other greater things. His are some hugely big shoes to fill, so go easy on me. ;) But enough with that, let’s dive right in!

If you’re familiar with the G2410, you’ll find that the G2410H is much the same, with one major difference - a higher-end height adjustable stand. This ergonomic shortcoming was something criticized in its earlier brethren, which many argued sacrificed too much in the way of utility. It's amazing how much importance one can impart to a simple stand.
 


The G2410H rectifies the matter this time with a height, rotate, and tilt adjustable stand complete with a cable management port square in the back. If you’ve seen other Dell monitors, you’ve probably seen this mount before, as it’s common to the U2410 and myriad others.

In a sea of relatively generic TN panels, the G2410H doesn't stand out immediately, though it does feature WLED backlighting instead of older CCFL technology. As we’ll see later though, this combination isn’t going to set any records for color gamut, as CCFL again usually produces better results in practice. But the real point of using WLED is all about that green cred. It’s apparent that Dell’s aims were more on keeping power consumption down with WLEDs and a few other things.

The G2410 is priced at an MSRP of $339, making it more expensive than similarly sized 24” TN panel-packing monitors, but it packs a bevy of features not found in those other generic displays. That brings us to the details:

 
Dell G2410H - Specifications
Property Quoted Specification
Video Inputs Dual-link DVI with HDCP
VGA
Panel Type TN (14K0N9CS346U)
Pixel Pitch 0.277mm
Colors 16.7 million colors
Brightness 250 nits typical
Contrast Ratio 1000:1 advertised
1000000:1 Dynamic advertised
Response Time 5 ms typical
Viewable Size 24" diagonal
Resolution 1920x1080 (1080P)
Viewing Angle 170 degrees horizontal, 160 degrees vertical
Power Consumption (operation) <20 watts typical
29 watts maximum
Power Consumption (standby) <0.15 watts
Screen Treatment Matte (anti-glare)
Height-Adjustable Yes - 3.94"
Tilt Yes
Pivot No
Swivel Yes
VESA Wall Mounting Yes - 100x100mm
Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD) 21.47" x 18.26-14.32" x 7.25" (WxHxD)
Weight 8.86 lbs w/o stand
13.33 lbs w/ stand
Additional Features Optional speaker bar
Limited Warranty 3-year warranty standard
4-year and 5-year extended available
Accessories DVI, VGA[c] and power cables
Price $339 MSRP

As mentioned before, this is a refreshed G2410 with more attention to ergonomics, but with the same emphasis on keeping the product green.

That greenness starts right out of the box, as packaging foregoes polystyrene foam in favor of an intricately-designed cardboard cladding. The difference is actually more striking than you’d expect out-of-box; removing the monitor from its corrugated cardboard shell is a bit of a puzzle in some ways. It’s well designed however, and there wasn’t any apparent weakness that would lead us to believe it’s more prone to getting damaged during shipping than other packaging. Dell claims that they’re using less plastic in the box as well, which is difficult to quantify, but seems likely considering just how much cardboard is inside.

The display’s components and panel are also eco-friendly - the panel is arsenic, mercury, BFR, CFR, and PVC free. Most surprisingly, the chassis and bezel plastic is made of at least 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.


Packaging and construction are one thing, but what really matters to display-shoppers is how well the G2410H sips energy. Dell claims that their energy-sipping power supply draws less than 0.15 watts in sleep mode using VGA input, and under 20 watts at maximum brightness. Of course, this is also the logical reason for opting with WLED backlighting instead of CCFLs; energy consumption is less. There’s also an ambient light sensor, and three power profiles to balance brightness level against power consumption. At the end of the day, Dell claims that adds up to a 60% decrease in power consumption compared to the 50 watt drawing E248WFP.

The G2410H is relatively spartan when it comes to onboard ports - the only options are DVI-D and VGA. There isn’t any option for HDMI, USB, or even DisplayPort like we’re starting to see crop up in a surprisingly diverse array of displays. That’s a bit of a letdown, but it isn’t a game-killing omission for the display. If you haven’t gotten the picture yet, this monitor is definitely oriented toward energy-conscious businesses doing office and productivity work before all other.
 

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  • tno - Friday, May 07, 2010 - link

    "unless you’re using an HDMI to DVI cable, you should be running the LCD at native resolution."

    I am currently using two HDMI to DVI cables in my HT set-up. HTPC (DVI) to receiver (HDMI) and receiver (HDMI) to old Sony XBR 1080i (DVI). This is all HDCP comliant so I don't have any issues. Since I'm moving very far away I will be leaving my tried and true Sony and in the interim between moving and getting a NEW TV I picked u a rather cheap OLD TV (Dell W3000). This older model does not have HDMI either so I will still be using an HDMI to DVI cable. Is this a bad thing?

    I'm running at 720p out of the PC on this 13//x768 dislay? Will this be a problem? Should I set the PC to the native rez? Thanks for the article BTW. Great job. I have loved my CRTs, (the XBR plus a behemoth 2048x1536 NEC model for my PC) and hung to them more because of the bargains that they were. I gladly traded the exertion required to lift them for the cheap price and better PQ was just bonus. But the prospect of moving them has lessened their appeal so I will be tube free from now on.

    tno
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  • quiksilvr - Friday, May 07, 2010 - link

    I'll state what I stated before when I commented on the release of the G2410 and heard about these "letdowns".

    Ahem...

    If there are no speakers, WHY DO YOU NEED HDMI? It has HDCP compliant DVI-D. Just spend the whopping $5 and get the DVI-D to HDMI adapter. It's not like this thins is 2560x1400. Its a run of the mill 1080p screen.
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  • aftlizard - Friday, May 07, 2010 - link

    Why do I need HDMI if I don't need audio? Because I don't want to spend the extra money if I don't have to. If I have the cable already or want to spend money on the cable I can find hdmi cables cheaper than a converter or even an hdmi-dvi cable. Reply
  • aftlizard - Friday, May 07, 2010 - link

    Why do I need HDMI if I don't need audio? Because I don't want to spend the extra money if I don't have to. If I have the cable already or want to spend money on the cable I can find hdmi cables cheaper than a converter or even an hdmi-dvi cable. Reply
  • james.jwb - Friday, May 07, 2010 - link

    Next monitor upgrade: 24-inch or larger, IPS or better, 120 Hz performance.

    When that comes I'll be happy ;)
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  • JarredWalton - Friday, May 07, 2010 - link

    I don't know that anyone has done IPS (or PVA/MVA for that matter) at anything above 60Hz. I could be wrong, I freely admit this, but virtually every 120Hz display I've heard about was a TN panel. Blech. When you consider the pixel response times, though, it starts to make a bit of sense. 120Hz should be doable with the 6ms IPS panels, but the 2ms TN panels might switch a bit faster. (Note that in our testing, even the 2ms TN panels still show much 2-3 frames.)

    Anyway, I'm with you. I'd like 120Hz IPS, with a high resolution 30" panel. LOL. I think I'd need quad-link DVI to do that.
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  • james.jwb - Friday, May 07, 2010 - link

    display port should do it? Reply
  • svojoe - Friday, May 07, 2010 - link

    for off griders like myself this is sooooo awesome. 13 watts! Holy crap thats such low power consumption I can not feel bad about draining down my batteries! Reply
  • Brian Klug - Saturday, May 08, 2010 - link

    Out of curiosity, are you on a PV system or something else? I'm moving into a place that's entirely solar powered with a 1:1 PV offset. I'm glad there's someone out there excited by the prospect of a low-power monitor, I mean, 11 watts still is impressive to me as well. Especially considering the brightness you get for that amount of power.

    -Brian Klug
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  • Porksmuggler - Saturday, May 08, 2010 - link

    Thanks for putting the panel type TN on the first page. $339 for a TN with no HDMI, no thanks. The 1080P isn't puzzling at all, it's all about saving on panel cost. Anyone feel like doing the math on how long you would have to use this "green" LCD to make up for the sticker bloat? Reply

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