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The Dell P2418HT multi-mode touchscreen monitor is versatile and unique, but is it worth it?

While the tactile interaction everywhere around us these days, large monitors and monitors have not yet reached the life of the touch screen.

By changing this, the Dell P2418HT, which has a 10-point touch sensitivity, an IPS 1080p panel and is aimed at niche office, home and commercial use cases. While the P2418HT (at the price of Rs 34.699 on Amazon.in) was launched in 2017, still a unique proposal in the Indian monitor and display market as it offers a versatile design and can be used for a number of applications.

But his price tag puts him well outside the area of ​​many other touch screen monitors on the market today. So let's see if this award is worth it in this case.

Dell P2418HT Specifications

Before starting to see how good the monitor is, here is an overview of the Dell P2418HT touch screen monitor key specs.

Dimensions and weight21, 2 "x 9, 3" x 12, 7 ", 3, 15 kg
Screen size24 inches
Resolution1920 x 1080 p FHD
Proportions16: 9
Type of panelIPS
Update frequency60hz
brightness250 nits
Native contrast1000: 1 (static)
Response time6ms
Sngle display178 vertical; 178 horizontal
Range of colors72% NTSC
Speakers2 watts x2
standingInclination – 5 / + 23; No Swivel; No height adjustment
PortsDisplayPort 1, 2 x 1, DVI x 1, VGA x 1, USB 3.0 x 3, USB 2.0 x 2, Audio Jack 3.5 mm
PriceRs. 34,699

Dell P2418HT: design

The P2418HT from Dell is presented as one of Dell's recent monitors at first sight thanks to a clean outline and minimal frames. All covered in matt black, which only the ideal color for a monitor, while the support and base are painted in silver.

The frames are located a few millimeters on three sides, apart from the bottom where the Dell silver text logo is located and the internal wiring needed to keep this display alive. Not the smallest monitor in the world, but not as bulky as some others on the market and this is reflected in its easy to carry dimensions. Even so, there is almost no reason to complain in terms of materials used or how they were assembled.

The design half of the history of this monitor. After all, designed to be used in multiple angles as shown here in our gallery.

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You can bring it closer to the desk surface to use it as an angled drawing table or, if installed in public, it can be an informational screen. You can lift the display and use it in the normal position, or pull it downwards so that the lower frame is almost flush with any desk, making it closer and more useful for tactile interaction. '

This ability is enabled by the two-piece articulated support that offers a robust build quality. But this support does not allow you to adjust the height of the display on the same plane, so you can bring the display forward to lower the height or push it back to increase its height, which is not ideal.

We will not blame you for thinking that it is too complicated, if everything you want to use as a monitor with your PC; You can easily detach the stand and mount the Dell P2418HT on a wall as it supports the standard VESA mount.

A complaint about the stand and the base that takes up a lot of space at your desk. The stand has a large footprint and extends a little off the screen when the Dell P2418HT is used as a normal monitor. Now, you can of course use this base to hold other items from your desk, but the appearance is anything but clean.

Dell P2418HT: image quality

Dell's P2418HT features a 24-inch IPS panel with touch support and a standard 1920 x 1080 resolution bog (no elegant proportion here). Certainly not a laptop for video games as it reaches a refresh rate of 60 Hz in terms of refresh rate, but nobody prevents you from using it for games or other apps.

The IPS panel has a contrast ratio of 1000: 1 at maximum brightness, which is good enough for most IPS modules. Blacks are deep but not satisfying, while some color scenes seem faded.

While colors may not be their strong point, grayscale performance is at the point.

This problem could be attributed to Dell by adding a top layer of plastic. It definitely makes the monitor less scratch-resistant, and it also makes it look like it's seen through a haze, but less expensive to use in production. Add to that, the strange feeling you get from using a plastic touch screen: the only glass is better and smoother for everyday use.

Although colors may not be its strong point, grayscale performance, important to those involved in the web or in graphic design, seems to be at the point.

Despite the IPS panel, we noticed some degradation and color shift when viewing off-screen. Thanks to all the unusual angles you can leave it, you'll probably spend some time getting that sweet center viewing point, where things seem more accurate: the monitor's Standard preset perfect for most cases. 'use.

When it comes to watching movies and videos on the display, you may have to tinker with the stand to get the height and viewing angle to the right. But the screen is more than useful for movies and Netflix binge sessions. We'd like to have deeper blacks for some of the more gritty-looking content out there, as it seemed slightly faded on this display.

What works in favor of the Dell P2418HT touch support and versatile hinge support, which not many competitors have.

As mentioned, the low refresh rate and 6 ms pixel response time does not make this gaming monitor. Dell has added an Overdrive feature, which helps reduce blurring and ghosting, which can help things. Unfortunately, we didn't use this monitor to play, so we can't say for sure how much difference it makes. However, this is not a monitor for competitive players or even occasional players.

Although excellent touch support, this is not a pressure-sensitive screen, so you can't use it for detailed illustrations or sketches. Touch sensitivity activated after connecting the USB upstream cable to the monitor. It works in a decent way, but sometimes it worked out complicated when we tried to use regular gestures like pinching for the zoom. The screen looked snappy when using your fingers or a normal stylus. Yet the experience lacked the splendor of most glass-based touch screens.

Dell P2418HT: connectivity

The Dell P2418HT equipped with numerous connectivity ports. They are hidden by a lip on the back and Dell provides a cable management cover to keep cables hidden. Using it is not the easiest thing in the world, but it automatically inserts itself after a little movement.

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really convenient to use the monitor even with older legacy devices or with more modern laptops.

On the back, Dell has added a standard DisplayPort, a DVI slot and a VGA connector. You'll also have an HDMI port and the upstream and downstream USB 3.0 slot desk. The first go into the PC you are using – for touch connectivity – while the second allows you to connect the peripherals to the monitor. Given the number of ports, it is very convenient to use the monitor even with older legacy devices or with more modern laptops.

Despite its large lower body, Dell failed to find space on the P2418HT to fit the integrated speakers, but it has a very rich selection of ports, especially considering that this is not the most high-end model.

Dell P2418HT: the good and the bad

We always have high expectations from Dell when it comes to any consumer technology product. Unfortunately, the company is not covered in glory with the P2418HT. The touch support is no longer new and the only real unique aspect of the monitor is its versatility thanks to the hinged design of the stand. a pity that such an innovative design does not have the screen it deserves.

Professionals

  • Light and thin frames
  • Versatile use methods
  • Robust build quality
  • Touch the support
  • A lot of ports

Versus

  • Not exciting color reproduction
  • Top layer in plastic
  • No built-in speaker
  • Screen not sensitive to pressure
  • Bad value for money

Dell P2418HT: sign missing

A few years ago I would have questioned the usefulness of a touchscreen monitor, but not anymore. What I do is Dell's use of a top layer of plastic that steals the Dell P2418HT (Rs 34,699) of some of the transparencies, while the poor image quality when it comes to vibrant colors or deep blacks, another demerit.

Dell itself produces much brighter and brighter panels in its line of consumer products. Other offers from brands like Acer, HP or Asus also have higher brightness values ​​and seem to be richer in functionality.

Also, I don't like the way some colors look warm on this display, nor good enough for games. Where I see that it is used in public computer installations or in kiosks such as at airports or at sales points. However, I would look elsewhere for a full touch screen monitor. Some of the options in terms of competition include HP EliteDisplay E230T, which brings a smaller 23-inch panel to just over Rs 25,000. Then there is the Lenovo ThinkVision T2364t, which has a similar 23-inch display and a more elegant design for Rs 26,999.

Dell has created an extraordinarily versatile mainstream monitor that offers touchscreen support and a good selection of ports. While the screen itself is less vibrant, the fact that you can use it in many ways makes it unique. But considering the similar feature set of the competition and the price reduction, the Dell P2418HT may not be worth the premium you have to pay.