Dell has quietly pushed out a new UltraSharp monitor aimed at satisfying professional users' needs without quite getting into the professional display price range. The U2412M delivers over 2.3 million pixels with its 24-inch LED-backlit display and features in-plane switching (IPS) technology with a wide viewing angle of 178/178 degrees.

In terms of specs it's similar in many respects to the U2410, with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200, 16:10 wide aspect ratio and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The dynamic contrast ratio has been bumped from 80,000:1 to 2,000,000:1, but the brightness is down from 400 cd/m2 to 300 cd/m2 and the response time is 8ms instead of 6ms. Additionally, AdobeRGB coverage is down from 110% to 96% and color support is down from 1.07 billion to 16.7 million. Those are all tolerable tradeoffs, however, considering the U2410 is selling for around $630 while Dell's new U2412M is just $400.

Connectivity options include DVI-D with HDCP, DisplayPort, VGA, 4-port USB 2.0 hub and DC power output for the Dell Soundbar, and its base allows users to tilt, swivel, height, or pivot the display to either landscape or portrait orientations. The Dell UltraSharp U2412M is available now from the company's online store and comes with a 3-year warranty.