They say “The Dell U2410 comes factory calibrated to some extent“ which again, is a ridiculous comment (enough to bypass a sale IMHO). And no, its not “calibrated” to Adobe RGB (1998) which alone is meaningless and like every other CCFL wide gamut, it can’t hit sRGB with a profile I’ll bet.
Then they say something equally silly (“every unit is shipped incorporating pre-tuned sRGB and AdobeRGB settings and with an average DeltaE of <5“) but don’t tell us which formula is used (again, sloppy and apparently written by a marketing person with little understanding of what they just wrote). And that deltaE is in the center? The corners (which are always worse).
But wait, this is a review! Its not from Dell. It should be dismissed at this point alone.
Great, and my print is what, 250:1? That makes soft proofing a bit difficult.
Obviously the Dell marketing people got a little excitable on this one, but if you read further in the review you will see that they do debunk this absurd claim, albeit in a considerate and non-inflammatory way.
[blockquote]While the DCR obviously worked to some extent, I've no idea where Dell got the figure of 80,000:1 from! ... I don't know where Dell picked this spec from?![/blockquote]
in the conclusion:
[blockquote]The dynamic contrast ratio was nowhere near reaching its supposed specification...[/blockquote]
As the review points out, the LCD color accuracy is good with custom, at home, calibration, even if the Adobe RGB and sRGB presets are substandard.
So after asking the question here about the necessity of LCD calibration, I have read what people have to say and some more reviews and the consensus is that, particularly with the more economically priced 24" displays, calibration does result in substantial improvements in color accuracy and consistency.
It's too bad that they don't have better factory calibration. If factory calibration were done well, I can see them obsoleting calibration equipment. I wonder if the manufacturers are under any pressure to improve their calibration quality. Sometimes early in product development and manufacturing cycle they are still making improvements to quality and yield. I'm not going to hold out too much hope that this will be the case here.