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Dell UltraSharp UZ2315H Computer Monitor, 23-inch

Posted 02-11-2015 at 08:51 PM by flshope

Dell UltraSharp UZ2315H Computer Monitor, 23-inch

My old monitor, a 2003 Dell 15-inch 4:3 flat-screen E151FPb, started having white-out failures, which were becoming more and more frequent, sometimes minutes apart. Powering it off and on always fixed the problem, but sometimes I had to wait minutes before the power on. So I decided to replace it with the subject monitor.

This review is my initial impression within a few days of acquisition, installation, and usage of the Dell UltraSharp UZ2315H.

I purchased the monitor from Staples because (1) they offered the size I needed (23-inch diagonal maximum to fit into my equipment stack without rearrangement), and (2) they permitted on-line purchase and store delivery (for easy, no-restock-fee return if it didn't work for whatever reason). The purchase process was smooth. Staple's phone tech support helpfully answered a few questions, and the local store staff was very helpful.

I chose the Dell UltraSharp UZ2315H based on Dell's reputation for good monitors, my previous experience with Dell monitors, and PC Magazine's review and selection of this particular monitor as an Editor's Choice:,2817,2461598,00.asp

Set up under Ubuntu and Debian Linux was plug-and-play easy. I didn't have to do any configuring or install any software. I think that is typical of monitor installation, but the UZ2315H comes with a CD containing Windows-only software for drivers and I don't know what else. The CD was broken when I opened the package, but I found the files I wanted on Dell's web site (primarily the user guide). The user guide is one of the best I have seen. It even defines the functions all of the connector pins for the connector types that the monitor provides.

I use an ioGear 4-port GCS24U KVM switch, which has VGA I/O connectors. The UZ2315H does not come with a VGA cable (though it does include four other types), so I had to buy that item for about $10 (3-ft). The monitor works fine with the KVM switch.

After two day's use, I can say that, so far, I am delighted with the monitor. Its presentation is beautiful. Images, video, photos, and text are very crisp, and I find my 70-year-old eyes can tolerate much smaller text than with my 12-year old Dell that the UZ2315H replaces. Of course, the 16:9 aspect ratio provides much more screen real estate than my old 4:3 Dell, but that's standard issue these days.

The UltraSharp is spectacular with spreadsheets, color graphics, photos, and on-line magazine readers (I use Zinio). Zinio takes full advantage of the 16:9 capability and high resolution.

Dell's "UltaSharp" name is entirely justified. I recommend this monitor.
As background information, I am a retired aerospace engineer and math modeler in fluid dynamics and heat transfer. So I do Fortran coding and processing along with computer graphics. I use Libre Office and the other standard Linux office software and internet facilities.

My computers are (1) a Pogo Linux Altura M3 (2011, AMD Athlon II X3 450 Processor, NVIDIA GF108 [GeForce GT 430] video adapter) running Ubuntu 14.04 and (2) a Pogo Linux Altura (2003, Athlon-XP 2400+ (2.0 Ghz) 266 Mhz FSB Processor, NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti-4200 64 MB AGP video adapter) running Debian 7.7.
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