Dell E2014T review

The Dell E2014T is a relatively affordable 20-inch class monitor offering five-point touch-screen technology, good all-around performance, and a generous array of ports.
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Geared toward business users but suitable for home computing as well, the Dell E2014T ($249.99 list) offers five-point touch technology in a 20-inch display. You don’t get stylish edge-to-edge glass with this model, and its TN panel loses some luster when viewed from an angle, but it delivers good color and grayscale performance and is equipped with plenty of ports.

Design and Features
The E2014T uses a 19.5-inch (viewable) TN (twisted nematic) panel with a maximum resolution of 1,600-by-900 and a 16:9 aspect ratio. This model doesn’t offer a seamless one-piece glass design like its more expensive sibling, the Dell P2314t, but there is enough of a border between the 0.6-inch bezels and the viewable portion of the panel to allow for effortless swiping in Windows 8. It’s functional but not very stylish, and the shiny screen is reflective.

The 7.5 pound matte black cabinet has four VESA-compliant mounting holes and comes with a smallish square stand that provides 36-degrees of tilt but does not support height, swivel, or pivot capabilities. Nor can you fold the panel so it is almost parallel to the desktop surface like you can with the Acer T232HL. There are five buttons (including the power switch) on the right side of the cabinet and a generous array of down-facing ports around back, including two HDMI inputs with MHL (Mobile High-definition Link) support, a DisplayPort input, a VGA input, an audio output (for external speakers), one USB 2.0 upstream port, and two USB 2.0 downstream ports.

The E2014T uses the same excellent on-screen button labeling system that we’ve seen on previous Dell monitors such as the S2740L and the P2714T. The Preset Modes menu offers seven picture modes (standard, multimedia, movie, game, text, warm, cool) plus a custom mode where you can define your own red, green, and blue saturation levels. There are brightness and contrast hot keys and a main menu with sharpness, input source, aspect ratio, dynamic contrast, and energy settings. Other controls include a DDC/CI switch, analog positioning, and a timer setting.

Inside the box are HDMI and USB (upstream) cables, a cleaning cloth, a quick start guide, and a resource CD. Dell covers the E2014T with a three-year warranty on parts, labor, and backlight.

Performance
The E2014T’s TN panel did a good job of displaying accurate colors, as shown on the CIE chromaticity chart below. Red and blue (represented by the colored dots) are very close to their ideal coordinates (represented by their respective boxes), and green was only slightly off kilter and not so skewed as to cause tinting or a green cast effect.

The panel adequately displayed all shades of gray from the DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test and produced clean, legible text on the Scaled fonts test. Viewing angle performance was typical of a TN panel, however; there was noticeable color shifting at 45-degrees from dead center on the horizontal plane and the picture becomes slightly washed out at around 45-degrees on the vertical plane.

The five-point touch screen was responsive and provided easy and accurate pinch, swipe, zoom, and scroll gesture commands. Typing on the Windows 8 on-screen keyboard was also responsive but would have been more comfortable on the wrists if the panel were able to lay flat.

The E2014T is very energy efficient, using only 13 watts of power during testing. In comparison the Dell P2314T used 16 watts, and the Acer T232HL used 26 watts (both are 23-inch monitors). Last year’s NEC MultiSync E201W, a 20-inch model, required 19 watts of power.

The Dell E2014T offers a relatively affordable way to realize the full potential of the Windows 8 touch-screen experience. It’s not the prettiest looking touch-screen monitor we’ve seen and it doesn’t offer the wide viewing angles of an IPS monitor, but it gets the job done and is equipped with multiple I/O ports, including three speedy digital video inputs. If viewing angles, panel adjustability, and aesthetics are deal breakers, consider our Editors’ Choice for mid-sized touch-screen monitors, the Dell P2314T, but be prepared to spend another $150 or so.

Specifications
Native Resolution 1600 x 900
Supported Video Formats 720p
PC Interfaces Analog VGA, HDMI
Video Inputs HDMI
Diagonal Screen Size 19.5 inches
Widescreen Yes
Aspect Ratio 16

Verdict
The Dell E2014T is a relatively affordable 20-inch class monitor offering five-point touch-screen technology, good all-around performance, and a generous array of ports. Viewing angle performance is sketchy, however, and the stand has limited adjustability.
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