[This post was last updated: 17 November 2016 – updates are marked in the text below]
Are you shopping for a new 24 inch monitor with better than 1080p resolution? Well, you’ve come to the right place, I bought two Dell p2416 2560 by 1440 monitors! This may give you an indication how much I love this wqhd display. I thought I’d post my Dell P2416D review – the best 2560 x 1440 monitor in my opinion.
Don’t get me wrong, it comes with its own set of challenges, but I’m willing to live with them given the crisp and quality of the monitor display.
Here’s my Dell P2416D review:
The first thing I noticed when unboxing the p2416D is that the monitor is much lighter than the Dell u2412m monitors I have. I should have taken note that there would be a difference in size, as the u2412M Monitors have a resolution of 1900 x 1200, where the p2416d monitor has a resolution of 2560 x 1440.
Even though it has more pixels, it doesn’t have the extra real estate the u2412 has, (basically, where it should typically have 1080 pixels it now has 1200 pixels on the y-axis).
My quad monitor set up:
First up, let me explain my monitor set up a little. I have 4 screens connected via a quad monitor stand. You can imagine I have a bunch of unused Dell monitor stands now, but I must say that I really like the versatility of the quad stand.
On the left of the stand I have two Dell U2416D monitors, on the right, two Dell U2412M monitors. As I mentioned before, I didn’t expect the difference in physical screen size, but I should have, so I now have a little gap between the screens on the left, where the ones on the right are touching frames.
I can say that when I switched the monitor on I was very pleasantly surprised at the crispness of my desktop. I couldn’t wait to see what it would look like with high-resolution photos and videos, so I did just that. I headed over to YouTube and viewed a few 4K movies in 2560 by 1440, and in 4K resolution, and it’s just amazing the difference.
I think the only way I can try to explain it is when I first saw a 1080p Full HD display, coming from 640p for example. The difference was astounding, and so, just with this monitor, the difference is very impressive.
You may be asking, is this wqhd display too much for a 24 inch monitor?
I’d say no. You get amazing crispness and quality with this screen. Of course you need to have an image or video of high-resolution to enjoy it properly.
I should also mention, when I refer to WQHD, WQHD or Wide Quad High Definition generally means 2,560×1,440 pixels, I hope that helps explain wqhd.
Any disadvantages with a 24 inch monitor 2560×1440 monitor?
This Dell 24 inch monitor 2560×1440 display doesn’t come without challenges though, let me explain. It’s not anything to do with the monitor.
As I’ve mentioned, it’s a great display, but I think the challenge comes with how windows 10 works with high-resolution displays. First, you’ll notice when setting up the display is that it scales to 125% as the recommended size of text, apps and other items.
You’ll also be in a bit of trouble if you aim to have two screens of different resolutions. I initially had the 2416d and the u2412m hooked up to my computer, and while you can get one to look great, the other will either be too large, or the text will be blurry.
In my situation I had the 2416d at 125%, which was great as I’ve mentioned already, but the u2412m had to be set to 125% too. If I set it to 100% the text would be very blurry and spoiled the entire experience of having multiple displays.
The workaround was to set them both to 125% scaling, and live with the scaling on the second screen… or you could do what I ended up doing, and that’s to buy another monitor of the same model and resolution.
Tip: If you want multiple displays in Windows 10, try to get the same model with the same resolution for all and save yourself a headache of trying to find a solution or work around.
Pricing: The Dell 2416D vs Dell 2412M
This was one of the main points why I decided to invest in another 2416D monitor instead of the 2412M, and that’s price. They’re both very similar in price, and you get a quad HD monitor, vs an older similarly priced monitor with less overall resolution.
I thought to put a comparison of both monitors below so you can get an idea of pricing at Amazon.
Dell 2416D (2560 x 1440 resolution)
[Update 17 November 2016 – added the Dell U2415 as it’s a newer model]
Instead of including the details of the Dell 2412M, I see they now have a newer version of this monitor, the Dell Computer Ultrasharp U2415.
They’re priced similarly, so thought you might be interested in looking at the newer version.
Dell 2415 (1920 x 1200 resolution)
There is one last point I need to mention while we’re talking about this high-resolution monitor, and that is sometimes you may find certain apps or programs may have blurry text. It seems this may be an issue with scaling on high-resolution screens and Windows 10 not playing nicely with specific programs.
Blurry text with third-party apps or programs:
If you find an app doesn’t look good anymore, there is a work around that will make the text look as it did before, and that’s to check the box ‘Disable display scaling on high DPI settings’ under the ‘Compatibility’ tab if you click on the properties of a program or shortcut.
Once you’ve checked the box you can reload it and the text should be as it was before.
Dell P2416D review: Final Thoughts and Conclusion
We’ve looked at the pros and cons of the Dell 2416D, we’ve looked at the difference between this monitor and the Dell 2412M monitor, well, 4 monitors in total.
We’ve discussed the scaling and resolution challenges you may need some tweaks and workarounds for, so the question to ask is: Is this the best 2560×1440 monitor?
In my opinion: YES.
I’m very happy with the 2416D, in my opinion it’s the best wqhd monitor for the size, i.e. a 24 inch monitor. The scaling issues should be sorted out going forward, but until then I’m happy to enjoy the high-resolution on everything else, especially Blu-ray movies and high-resolution photos.
Gaming on this new monitor is a great experience, sure my screen card works harder, but I can easily set the anti-aliasing down a bit to make up for the extra resolution. The colours this screen produces makes gaming an enjoyable and immersive experience, it even boasts a 6ms response time, not too bad I’d say.
I hope you got value from my P2416D review, if you’d like to learn more about the Dell 2416D, feel free to check it out at Amazon where you can check out the glowing reviews too.