Summary: I own 2 of these in a dual screen display. They are both about a year old. About 3 months ago I noticed the monitor on my left (HDMI) randomly dimming depending on my mouse location. I've never messed with its settings, I just unboxed, hooked up and left it alone. Then a week ago I noticed a bright spot appear on the right monitor (DVI) just in front of where the power cable hooks up.
Summary: 21 months after purchase, a flashing pad lock showed up on the screen and no amount of effort or research on line has enabled me to fix this, despite numerous suggestions. The flashing pad lock is a known problem going back at least 3 years. Type "flashing pad lock" in Google to confirm this. I think it is strictly a hardware, not software problem, maybe associated with the settings switches on the edge of the unit. Today the monitor quit entirely.
Summary: The first one I bought directly through DELL. Loved it so much that I bought another... even with me jumping platforms from PC (hate Dell anymore) to Apple, I still am going to buy another of these monitors. Great clarity. No buzz (I am very sensitive to sound). Great price.
Summary: I've had this monitor for a couple of months now. I don't want to jinx myself but this monitor is still going good. I don't need any high-def stuff. I just wanted a decent monitor and I'm OK with this so far. Price was on sale when I got it though made it better.
Summary: Plenty of features and it's a great size. I especially like the YPbPr video mode. It lets you connect component video to it through VGA. Lots of different types of connectors make it really easy to hook up whatever you want. I have my 360 using the HDMI port, laptop and wii switching on the VGA port. You would think it would be annoying to keep changing connections but the ports are surprisingly accessible. Also has DVI but I don't have anything with a DVI out.
Summary: my brother got me this for my birthday cuz i needed a monitor for my new desktop. I ended up putting my ps3 on it also and i played the whole of Final Fantasy XIII on it. it could show its 1080p quality very well. Now I play WoW on this and just for every day browsing and its the perfect size for my computer Con: all the ports are on the bottom of the monitor so it is very inconvenient to plug things into em.
Summary: UPDATE: Using DVI, the video card can indeed control the scaling, but there is a significant amount of compression artifacts when viewing dark scenes. Images that have a gradient fill to pure black (such as the Windows 7 startup animation) show very clear borders instead of a smooth glow. The EA logo in Crysis looks rather nasty as the should-be-black compression artifacts are clearly visible. These do not appear on the HDTV, so it is the monitor's problem.
Summary: The screen is big and impressive looking, but the display has blurry spots, which DELL does not see as a problem. I purchased two of these monitors, along with 2 dell computers for the office. We took them out of the box, hooked them up, and immediately everyone noticed that in places, the focus is off. When looking at text, words in certain locations on the screen are blurred.