Originally Posted by GeezerMan
I'm considering getting a 24 inch Dell Ultrasharp . I see a recent price for new 2410 at 400.00. Then I see some high prices for 4 to 6 year old ones for 250.00 - 350.00.
What's the deal with these older ones commanding such a high price? Is there something great about them?
The newer Dell ultrasharp's use LED backlighting which reduces energy expenditure at the cost of potential bleed-through around the peripheral of the screen and while LED backlighting can provide for more vibrant colors, it does so at the potential cost of complete trueness throughout the screen.
Older Dell ultrasharp IPS monitors had CCFL backlighting, which consumes more energy but also uniformly lights the screen, causing colors to remain more true from the peripheral of the screen to the center of the screen.
In most cases, unless you're a photographer or a legitimate graphic designer (you know what I mean), these features won't outweigh the benefit of reduced energy consumption and market proliferation presently offered by LED-backlit screens.
Having used both personally, while I can recognize the benefit of the older CCFL backlighting, the LED-backlit ultrasharps are relatively indistinguishable from the CCFL models when it comes to daily browsing and gaming.