This isn’t exactly ultraportable (or even a laptop) but it is somewhat of a space saver because it does double-duty, and it’s incredibly cheap (at least in my book). As such, I’ve put together a small gallery of around a dozen photos.
A member of my household had need of a display that could replace a 20″ Samsung display, and that could also function as a TV, and that was a decent price. Low and behold, Dell just announced a new display, the 24″ S2409W, a few weeks ago, at a very low price ($379.99 right now).
Low price and yet it offers a 16:9 ratio with a 1920×1080 resolution. Yes, you read that right – 1920×1080. It’s also got a VGA input, DVI input, and an HDMI input. Would have been nice to have a USB hub, but that’s reserved for the more expensive models. The HDMI input handles HDCP content, and you can plug in a Playstation 3 or XBox 360 or a Blu-Ray or DVD player, so that’s how it’s serving double-duty – both as a large computer monitor (for multiple computers), and as a TV device in a den (even if it doesn’t have a TV tuner).
* Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution (1080p)
* 16:9 dynamic aspect ratio
* HDMI connection that supports HDCP
* VGA and DVI inputs, Audio input/output
* Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
* Brightness: 300 cd/m2
* Response: 5ms
* Viewing Angle: 160 degree / 170 degree
Gallery: Dell S2409W 24-inch LCD Photo Gallery and Unboxing
My impressions: It’s very light – feels lighter than the 20″ display it’s replacing, and yet it’s incredibly sturdy – the base and mount are solid – you’re not worried about those breaking. It looks very nice, as far as the display itself (the frame, controls, etc.). The picture is very crisp, very bright and sharp – we did not color calibrate it yet, but out of the box it looked pretty good. Worked equally well with a Mac and a Windows Vista computer.
You can purchase it at the Dell Home and Home Office page for the Dell S2409W – $379.99 plus shipping/tax