Monitors in the same category tend to share design elements, specifications, and even model numbers. Too often we go with size and resolution to pare down our options. That’s why it would be easy to overlook the Dell S2418H. On paper it’s nothing special, just another 24-inch 1080p desktop monitor. But hiding behind the numbers is something else special.
It’s important to point out that the Dell S2418H is a budget monitor. Monitors in this price bracket tend to prioritize savings and reliability over design and aesthetics, which is a shame, considering a monitor’s job is to be looked at.
Dell monitors are usually a pretty safe bet for good design and solid construction, and even in the lower price brackets the company doesn't disappoint. The S2418H is the latest in Dell's UltraSharp range with super skinny bezels around every edge. Even the bottom bezel is tiny, with a reduced-size Dell logo.
The monitor is propped up by a metal stand that doubles up as a speaker. The speakers aren't built into the body of the monitor, instead they come as a stylish looking wedge that nestles in the cut out in the stand. It's a very good speaker, with performance far beyond what I'd expect from a monitor that hits this price point.
A captivating view
Dell HDR (high dynamic range) combines greater depth of colors, remarkable clarity and a high contrast range of shades to create strikingly accurate images.
More detailed and stunning colors
A wide viewing angle enabled by In-plane switching technology and more than 99% coverage on the sRGB spectrum lets you see rich colors, depth and a wider range of shades - no matter where you sit. Plus, you'll see it all in Full HD (1920x1080) clarity.
Entertainment without exceptions
Watch your HDR10 movies like they were meant to be seen. Even your HDR games and photos will boast a lifelike experience.
Professionally tuned by award-winning Waves Maxx Audio to deliver the thrills, dual front-firing 6W speakers are integrated into the monitor stand to deliver an immersive audio experience.
Easy on the eyes
This TUV Certified monitor has a flicker-free screen with ComfortView, a feature that filters out harmful blue light emissions. It's designed to optimize eye comfort even over extended viewing - like your next movie marathon.
AMD FreeSync technology delivers perfectly smooth gameplay. Experience highly responsive, stutter- and tear-free visuals for more impressive gaming.
The included speakers are actually housed in a separate unit which slots neatly- using rubberised grips at key areas around its bottom- into the metal stand. Individual volume buttons are provided on the speaker, which makes them easy and straight forward to get to (no negotiating the OSD for volume control here) although they’re of the push-button variety which (while often better than a rotary control for longevity) are a little slow to turn up/down.
The back of the monitor includes a pair of 3.5mm TRS connections, one for audio and one for a microphone, which will serve either speakers or headphones. Inserting headphones or external speakers wont interrupt the “integrated” speakers, either, so you can use them together, or leave headphones plugged in without any ill effect. The separate 3.5mm microphone connection seems like a throwback in the age of mobile headsets, but will perhaps prove useful for a conference-call style setup with a desktop microphone.
From the front things are great. It's nearly all screen, with a nicely designed stand and good speaker. Around the back it's plain and professional looking with an absurdly glossy finish.
The gap in the stand allows for rudimentary cable routing, but they will sag and you will be able to see them unless you're handy with cable ties. Also on the back you'll find the connections which are par for the course for a 1080p monitor.
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