Windows 10 is a pretty nice operating system and that’s coming from someone who has preferred macOS for some time now. Windows 10 works great on a desktop but you can really pull its full potential out with a touchscreen monitor like the Dell P2418HT. Of course, the Windows 10 touch interface isn’t for everyone and the Dell P2418HT may not even be something you’d consider, but for those who are, read on for our review of the Dell P2418HT.
- Device type: LED backlight
- Panel type: In-Plane switching
- Native resolution: 1920×1080 at 60Hz
- Brightness: 250 cd/m2
- Response time: 6 ms (gray to gray)
- Screen Coating: Anti-glare with 3H hardness
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Pixel pitch: 0.275mm x 0.275mm
- Contrast ratio: 1000:1
- Color support
- Color gamut (typical): 84% (CIE 1931)
- Color depth: 16.7 million colors
- Display port (ver 1.2)
- HDMI (ver 1.4)
- USB 3.0 port – Upstream
- 2 USB 3.0 ports – Side (including 1 x USB3.0 BC1.2 charging port)
- 2 USB 3.0 ports – Bottom
- Analog 2.0 audio line out (3.5 mm jack)
What’s In The Box
- Dell P2418HT
- Power cable
- USB cable
- Display Port cable
- VGA cable
- Users guide
The P2418HT is by no means an aesthetic piece of art, aside from the articulating stand it really looks just like any other monitor. The bezels are pretty thin, much like many other monitors coming out on the market these days. The materials used for construction are all high-quality but of course, plastic, like many other competitors. All of the buttons for the P2418HT are along the right side bottom portion of the monitor, something else the competition does as well. I’d love to see the controls for monitors moved to a more sensible location where I don’t have to use my sense of touch to know what I’m touching.
Dell branding can be found on the back of the monitor and along the bottom edge of the front bezel. Around back is a removable plastic plate that helps with cable management, keeping things tucked in close to the monitor body. Along the left side of the P2418HT, you’ll find two USB 3.0 ports which are really handy for plugging in thumb drives and SD card readers.
On the back is where the port action is reaLLY happening. This is where you’ll find two more USB 3.0 ports, VGA port, Display port, HDMI port, AUX port, USB B for data transfer for the touch screen, and the power connection.
Overall the design of the Dell P2418HT is fairly bland, not in a bad way, it just doesn’t look much different than any other monitor. Of course, the way a monitor looks is probably less important than the way the monitors display looks so I’m fairly certain that aesthetic design isn’t a driving factor for most when buying a monitor.
With a full HD resolution of 1920×1080 and a 60Hz refresh rate, this is a great monitor for business, multitasking, and general use. While it could probably be used for gaming, it is not designed for that so you’d be better off getting a dedicated gaming monitor like the Dell 27″ S2716DG Gaming Monitor — if that’s what you’re after. What the P2418HT display does offer is the ability to be more productive using Windows 10’s touch-friendly design. The articulating stand allows for multiple viewing and working positions making this a real winner in terms of usability and versatility.
The display itself is crisp and clear with amazing viewing angles, thanks to that matte finish with anti-glare coating. Colors are natural and blacks are rich with little to no graying and very little washing out. Whites are clean and not yellow or off white in color and text is crisp and clear and extremely easy to read.
The touch screen itself is amazingly responsive, almost too responsive as I found the lightest touch was registering with little effort. Touch is also very precise and closing windows or choosing text or an object on the screen was pretty easy, even with my meaty fingers. Like most any monitor, the controls on the bottom right allow you to choose color profiles and generally customize your user experience. It’s mostly the typical controls any other monitor would have but it is nice to have if you’re looking to tweak the colors and spectrum.
Overall this display is a really nice HD display with great natural color, good blacks, great whites, crisp text and really amazing touch responsiveness. This is really a great monitor for those looking to enhance their Windows 10 experience and want to be able to use the touch interface in a versatile way.
The MSRP for the P2418HT is $399.99USD which is probably a little on the pricey side for many. As of this review, Dell currently has it on sale for $319.99USD which I think is a great value at that price. I think a permanent price drop to $299.99USD would most certainly make this a must buy and I think many people would buy it at that sub $300USD price.
This is an excellent monitor if you’re looking for one with a touch interface. It uses Windows 10 to its full potential and it does it in full HD at 60Hz with great natural color and an excellent touch experience.
*We were sent a demo unit of the Dell P2418HT touchscreen monitor for the purposes of this review.
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