Taking a leaf from their Studio and XPS lines, Dell released a new 20″ 16:9 display, the ST2010. The new monitor features a sleek, curved silver back with an adjustable tilting stand. Like many of their recent product launches, Dell is offering the new display in Asia first, before sending it around the world.
Dell calls the ST2010 “Distinct and Beautiful — With HD resolution”. Which is technically true; at 1600×900 pixels, however, it’s not the ‘full HD’ found in a 1080p or 1200p display. The new monitor does leave out DVI in favor of an HDMI port. To make up for the lack of DVI’s analog capabilities, a VGA port is right next to it on the back.
Unfortunately the panel is a TN, which means reduced color accuracy and viewing angles. In this case, you’ll get 160 degrees vertically and horizontally, which makes the ability to tilt the stand to compensate that much more useful. Rounding out the panel specs, the ST2010 has a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 5ms response time, along with 250 cd/m2 typical brightness levels.
The ST2010 features an improved backlighting system, using only 2 lamps instead of 4 to light up the display. This is something we’ve seen before in Lenovo’s ecofriendly displays. Dell claims that this new way of lighting the display saves 25% more energy over similar products, helping the ST2010 to earn its Energy Star certification. A matching soundbar speaker is also available. The new monitor is available now in Hong Kong for $245 US, with a discount bringing the current price down to $142. Seeing as that price includes both tax and delivery, we’ll no doubt see it in the US for a good bit cheaper.