Friday, September 25th, 2009

Sub-$200 Twenty-Inch 1920 x 1080 Displays: Dell ST2210 and ST2310

September 21, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays

Two Full HD 1080p displays, one very affordable price point. The Dell ST2310, a 1920 x 1080 23-inch display, supposedly starts at $229, but thanks to “instant savings” of $50, the price can go as low as $179, before shipping and taxes.

Dell-ST2310

Compare that to the Dell ST2210, a monitor that features the same resolution, but a smaller panel size at 21.5″. The “starting price” is already below two-hundred dollars at $199, but $40 is “slashed off” immediately, leaving a total of $159.

Dell-ST2210

Of course, extra charges may apply thanks to the aforementioned delivery- and IRS-related charges, but unless you purchase a mouse-keyboard bundle with either monitor, it’s unlikely the total bill will go over $200, easily making both the ST2210 and ST2310 the most affordable 1920 x 1080 displays I’ve seen.

It also helps that, despite Dell’s issues with customer support and computer reliability, its displays usually score well among reviewers, with complaints mostly about the price. That may be true for displays that for some reason, are priced quite high by Dell, which clearly doesn’t apply here. Below are specs and buy links at Dell.com for your convenience.

Display Dell ST2210 ST2310
Panel Size 21.5″ 23″
Aspect Ratio Widescreen (16:9)
Panel Type TN – Twisted Nematic
Optimal Resolution 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz
Contrast Ratio Dynamic Contrast Ratio 50000:1 (max)
Brightness 250 cd/m2 (typical)
Response Time 5ms
Viewing Angle (160 vertical / 160 horizontal)
Color Support 16.7 million colors
Pixel Pitch 0.248 mm 0.266mm
Display Type Anti-glare
Connectivity High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
Digital Visual Interface – Digital (DVI-D) with High
Definition Content Protection (HDCP)
Video Graphics Array (VGA)
“Starting Price” $199 $229
Actual Price $159 $179
Buy Link Dell ST2210 21.5-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor Dell ST2310 23-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitor

As you can see, both displays are practically the same, with differences only in panel size, pixel density, and of course price.

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