The buttons of the screen menu
The keys of the screen menu are classic, i. e. via small buttons under the screen on the right. The ON/OFF button is illuminated.
Dell P2419H connectivity
Nothing but classic, although we can either note or regret the absence of a USB-C port in 2018.
What is the value of the Dell P2419H display after calibration with the i1Display Pro?
I calibrated this monitor - like all the monitors I test - with the best current colorimeter (except the superlative and very expensive Discus) in an excellent price/quality ratio : the i1Display Pro + i1Profiler software (version 1.8.0) in order to be able to locate this new monitor compared to other monitors on the market. I connected it with the Thunderbolt 2 cable on one side (MiniDisplayPort) and DisplayPort on the other.
Note on display quality before calibration - Unfortunately, it's sadly classic : warm and yellowish. Well, well, well, you absolutely have to calibrate it, however, I notice that the homogeneity is there and no light leaks in the dark. Very good points!
I chose the following screen settings :
- Colour mode : Standard
- Brightness : 28% for 90 Cd/m2 targeted,
- Contrast : 75%.
Essential! Be sure to reset the factory settings AND choose the generic profile of your computer before calibrating! Once the reset is complete, choose the generic screen profile in the system preferences before starting a possible calibration unless your screen comes out of the box.
And as target values in i1Profiler 1.8.0 software in advanced mode...
- Display technology : Choose white diodes,
- D65 or possibly a little less if you want a slightly warmer screen. (Note that at D55, the screen turns yellow rather than warm, unlike high-end displays).
- Luminance : 90 Cd/m2 or more depending on your main use (printing or web) and especially the brightness of your room,
- Contrast : Native,
- Gamma : 2,2 – Standard curve,
- ICC standard : V2 (to avoid incompatibility problems with some image viewing software (images too dark, especially in Windows 10) and obviously V4 if you know what you are doing.
And the result is?
First subjective impressions after this calibration...
Well, well, this display looks a lot like a panel I know by heart, the one of the Asus VC239H. So I think it's the same manufacturer. The first impression is therefore very good, on what, I repeat, is only a screen at less than £200 ! I really appreciate that there are no more light leaks as often on my previous Dell display tests and a more than satisfactory homogeneity.
What does the final report say after calibration?
The color temperature (CT) of 6498 K for 6500K represents a significant score on an entry-level display ! The contrast 1044:1 is in the high average of the white LED panels.
Now, let's move on to the famous Delta E after calibration according to the 2000 standard which I use for the calibration of all the monitors on this site:
The average Delta E standard 2000 is 0.49 so particularly good, especially for an entry-level display.
The Delta E of 5.08 for the worst patch is on the other hand really high as on the Asus VC239H which uses the same panel! Fortunately, this color is not a flesh or sky color. And strangely enough, only this patch is really bad. All the others are in a very good average.
Now harmonizing tests in luminance and Colour temperature:
Results above the high average for an entry-level screen. That's enough, especially since the visual impression when you display a blank web page or even a black page is really good. Dell had got us used to much worse...
This time, the results are less spectacular since the upper left corner has a delta E of 3.5 but well within the average of the correct screens in this price range. Whatever happens, to the naked eye, the panel looks very homogeneous. We are therefore dealing with a beautiful display panel with the electronics correctly chosen and adjusted. Retouching your photos on this screen will not be a nightmare !