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The Best Second Screen For Your DAW

Dell UltraSharp U2415

  • Don Makoviney
  • Last Updated: March 22, 2016

Dell's UltraSharp U2415 is the best second screen for your home recording studio DAW. These come factory calibrated from Dell and look amazing. It also has over a thousand reviews on Amazon putting it near 5-stars, and critic reviews are glowing (see below). They're reasonably priced, well-built, look great, making this flat panel display the one to get.


The best computer display (I’m trying to avoid using the word “monitor” because, well, you know.) is one that has sharp, crisp colors, and has compatible connectors for your laptop or desktop on which your digital audio workstation is housed.

We really don’t think you need to spend much more than a couple hundred dollars – definitely no more than $300 – unless you have special needs.

We just want a good flat panel display which allows us use our DAW, channel strip, and virtual instruments – having them all laid out before us.

We’re not using it for gaming, watching movies in 1080p or 4k, or photography. This is a dedicated monitor for our studio. (Of course if you are going to be doing that as well, you might want to just go with our main pick anyways, because it’s pretty great.)

It may be tempting to just go with the absolute cheapest, and it will most likely work just fine. But spend a tad more and you can get something with a proven track record, as well as a warranty that could save you big bucks having to buy another one down the road.

Our Pick

Dell U2415

The U2415 has 1920×1200 pixel resolution, which gives it 11 percent more screen space than a 1080p monitor. (That’s great!) It is also completely adjustable – the stand lifts, tilts, pivots, and swivels so it can fit well in the most challenging home studio configuration. It also has five(!) USB 3.0 ports, so you can plug in everything from extra drives, SSDs, flash drives, and even controllers if need be. It also has DisplayPort connections (which are great if you need to connect to standard VGA), and an HDMI port.

It also looks great! The bezel (which is the picture frame around the face of the monitor) is really small, so it looks especially great if you have two of them:

Dell u2415 Dual Monitor Setup Home StudioPic via Reddit

If you are interested in a super technical review, please check out this one at TFT Central.

In a recent discussion about displays for their DAWs, several Gearslutz members discussed the Dell U2415:

I’ve recently bought the Dell UltraSharp U2415.

It’s a 24″ monitor, which is perfect for me. Something bigger would be too big because I’m sitting quite close to the screen. The 1920 x 1200 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) is ideal for DAW use.

The screen also provides a full range of ergonomic adjustments from the stand; you can tilt it, adjust the height, swivel it side to side and rotate it.

I would definitely buy it again.

Dell UltraSharp U2415 on Amazon $259.99

Budget Pick

Asus VS239H-P

Easily the best budget pick, if  price is your biggest constraint. There are over 800 reviews on Amazon, where it maintains a 4.5 star rating.

The bevel is much larger than our main pick, so you lose some slight screen real estate, and you don’t get all the USB 3.0 ports either. But if you need a display only, this will work, and it’s half the price of our main pick:

ASUS-24-inch

Asus VS239H-P on Amazon $134.89

Larger Pick

Dell UltraSharp U2715H

The Wirecutter notes:

Dell’s UltraSharp U2715H is the best 27-inch monitor for most people because it has an amazing image quality that beats the competition, an ultra-thin bezel, plenty of display connectors, a highly adjustable ergonomic stand, and a built-in USB 3.0 hub. You simply aren’t going to find a monitor with a better combination of picture quality, price, features, and warranty.

best 27 inch lcd audio prod

Dell UltraSharp U2715H on Amazon $524.99

Options For Your MacBook Pro

Apple Thunderbolt Display

We can’t have a display guide without mentioning the great Thunderbolt Display from Apple.

apple thunderbolt display home recordingPic via Icon.jp

Apple Thunderbolt Display on AmazonVarious

Conclusion

You should also note that if you want to get two monitors for a setup like some of the pictures show above, there is a bracket available for our main pick, you can get for under a hundred dollars, which makes it really simple.

Any of these monitors will work fine. Great, in fact. Figure out what your needs and budget are, and work up or down the scale accordingly.

Happy recording!


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The Best Second Screen For Your DAW

Dell UltraSharp U2415

The Best Second Screen For Your DAW

Important Specs

Screen Size 24 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
Aspect Ratio Widescreen (16:10)
Panel Type, Surface IPS, anti glare with hard coat 3H
HDMI Connector 2
Mini DisplayPort 1
DisplayPort 1 (version 1.2)
DisplayPort out (MST) 1
Audio Line out 1
USB 3.0 ports (downstream) 5 at the back, 1 with battery charging
USB 3.0 ports (up) 1
more specs

Synopsis:

The best second screen for your DAW is the Dell UltraSharp U2415. These come factory calibrated from Dell and look amazing. It also has over a thousand reviews on Amazon putting it near 5-stars, and critic reviews are glowing (see below). They're reasonably priced, well-built, look great, making this flat panel display the one to get.

Asus VS239H-P

Budget Pick

Asus VS239H-P

It’s the cheapest good IPS monitor you can get, and the color accuracy of its sRGB preset is far better than that of the vast majority of monitors in its price range.

- M

Sources

  1. David Murphy, The Wirecutter, 20160210
    The Best 24-inch Monitor
  2. David Murphy, The Wirecutter, 20160113
    The Best 27-Inch Monitor
  3. Stijn Geens, Gearslutz, 20150507
    What computer monitor do you use for your DAW
  4. Simon Baker, TFT Central, 20141022
    Dell U2415 Review
Originally published: March 15th, 2016

Important Specs

Screen Size 24 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
Aspect Ratio Widescreen (16:10)
Panel Type, Surface IPS, anti glare with hard coat 3H
HDMI Connector 2
Mini DisplayPort 1
DisplayPort 1 (version 1.2)
DisplayPort out (MST) 1
Audio Line out 1
USB 3.0 ports (downstream) 5 at the back, 1 with battery charging
USB 3.0 ports (up) 1
more specs



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