The Dell U2419H is a budget-friendly 1080p IPS monitor that promises excellent image quality for mixed-use in the home or office. The Ultrasharp line is popular for its pre-calibrated product line with good to fantastic color fidelity. However, the Dell U2419H sits at the entry-level of that portfolio, so let’s see if it offers great value.
Dell U2419H Specifications
- Screen Size: 24 Inches
- Resolution: 1080p FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Response Time: 5ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 250 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height -Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot– Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (100 x 100)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.4, DisplayPort Out MST x 1,HDMI 4x 1, VGA x 1, USB 3.0 x 5, 3.5mm Audio Jack
- Dimensions: 21.20” x 13.72” x 6.50”
- Weight: 11.22 lbs
Design and Features
The Dell U2419H sports the 2019 series’ slimmed-down aesthetic, but it still resembles the brand’s signature look. The black and silver combination which has always looked great is still in use, and its matte texture is easy to maintain. The display area is bezel-free on three sides, but you will still see pane borders when the monitor is in use.
The design makes the Dell U2419H ideal for multi-monitor setups since you have less plastic sitting in between each screen. The monitor is also built with a DisplayPort Out MST slot so you can easily daisy chain multiple units without too much clutter.
One thing we dislike about the Dell U2419H is it still uses OSD buttons instead of the more user-friendly joysticks found on other brands. They are snappy and responsive, but its easy to wrongly press something if you haven’t memorized the layout. For plug and play users this will not be an issue, but if you regularly adjust the brightness, it can get annoying.
Build quality for the Dell U2419H is solid like many of the brand’s monitors. The mechanisms are smooth, while the plastics feel durable and without any visible cosmetic defect. Once the chassis has latched onto the stand, you can leave it like that and rest assured that it will stand stable permanently.
The aforementioned stand attaches via a locking mechanism that has a quick detach button, so you can easily take it off and swap it for a VESA mount. However, there is little need to spend the extra since you can already tilt, swivel, pivot, and adjust the height of the display. Its easy to set this monitor up right after unboxing it, even if you have two or three for your desk.
Dell’s finer models have excellent connectivity options, and the Dell U2419H isn’t an exception. The down-firing layout at the rear includes DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 1.4, and the DP Out MST mentioned above. There is also a total of five USB 3.0 slots on the device, with two more on the side that has a fast-charging output for your devices.
There are no speakers on the Dell U2419H even if there is a 3.5mm jack at the rear. You would have to buy the Dell AE515M Pro Stereo Soundbar if you don’t want a set with separate satellites to clutter your desk. Again, that adds to the total cost, but it’s a must if you use video conferencing regularly.
Display and Performance
The Dell U2419H sports a 24-inch IPS panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and a 5ms minimum response time. The backlight sits at 250 cd/m2 which is sufficient for daily use, while the contrast ratio is specified at 1000:1 like most IPS and TN variants. These aren’t gaming specs by any means, especially since the typical response time is rated at 8ms if you don’t use the Overdrive tool in the OSD.
The Dell U2419H’s size is the last bastion of enjoying the limited sharpness of a full HD resolution. The pixel density is still reasonable at a little over 91PPI, but you will start seeing the pixels if you look close enough. What’s great about it, however, is its not too demanding on GPUs, plus you won’t need to use scaling when reading a wall of text.
The Dell U2419H doesn’t meet its claims in image quality, starting with a gamut coverage of only 93% sRGB. Color accuracy, however, is more than decent at Delta E 2.4 which means variances won’t be readily noticeable. Color temperature could use some corrections since its a bit cooler than the usual, but it makes white backgrounds such as browsers look less yellowish.
Another weakness presented by the Dell U2419H is its contrast ratio which only reached 840:1 at reasonable brightness settings. You also don’t get a fine adjustment range since the backlight maxes out at 220cd/m2. Gamma is ok at 2.1, but it contributes to the washing out of some of the colors.
But on a positive note, the Dell U2419H sample did have excellent panel uniformity since backlight bleeding was at a minimum. The leaks on the corners are almost impossible to notice with the naked eye, but seasoned users will know that they are there. The biggest issue here is the poor black depth since it makes the screen show gray instead of black.
The Dell U2419H isn’t a gaming monitor and it has a limited refresh rate, so you can’t expect a blur-free performance. The Fast mode which pushes the response time to its 5ms spec is helpful, but it cannot clean up some of the smudges you will see in fast-paced sequences.
The Dell U2419H doesn’t support FreeSync or G-Sync compatibility, so you cannot rely on it to work with your GPU to smoothen out games. Input lag is low at 10ms for a 60Hz monitor, but we can only recommend this monitor for casual gaming purposes.
Thoughts on the Dell U2419H
The Dell U2419H is an affordable IPS monitor if you are looking for a candidate that is fully adjustable and ideal for multi-display setups. However, its imaging performance is a few notches below what we expected for an UltraSharp monitor which is usually pre-calibrated. The IPS panel did not have any leaks, but its low contrast ratio made the screen look less vibrant and grayish.
What’s great about the Dell U2419H is you do get a well-designed display at a reasonable price. But that’s the only good thing that this model can offer, unlike the Dell P2419H which fared better in imaging tests. There are a lot of competitive options out there, so we recommend shopping around first before going with this model.
About the Author:
Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since his junior high years. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations and he believes that it’s every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews which accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.