by Lyle Smith

Dell 23 Monitor (S2317HJ) Review

Designed to improve the overall home and workspace experience, the Dell 23 Monitor (S2317HJ) features a full HD screen with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz. The nicely designed S2317HJ comes equipped with VGA, HDMI, audio line-in, and audio line-out ports for the usual connectivity options, and offers both wireless Qi and PMA charging. The S2317HJ also has built-in dual 3W integrated speakers for some pretty decent audio, and boasts a 23-inch 178°/178° ultra-wide viewing angle with full-tilt capabilities. This allows users to easily maneuver the screen in all kinds of different positions and angles, which is ideal for those who work in places where their monitor might be situated in an unconventional location.

Going for roughly $240, Dell includes a 1-year Advanced Exchange Service with the S2317HJ. If the monitor fails in any way within this one-year window, Dell will send you a replacement the very next business day.

Dell 23 Monitor (S2317HJ) Specifications

  • Diagonally Viewable Size: 58.42 cm (23 inches)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9)
  • Panel Type, Surface: In-plane switching Type, Low Haze with 3H hardness
  • Optimal resolution: 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz
  • Contrast Ratio:
    • 1000 to 1 (typical)
    • 8,000,000 to 1 (Dynamic Contrast)
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m (typical)
  • Response Time: 6 ms gray to gray (typical)
  • Viewing Angle: 178° vertical / 178° horizontal
  • Color Support:
    • Color Gamut (typical): 82% (CIE1976), 72% (CIE1931)
    • 16.7 Million colors
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.265 mm
  • Backlight Technology: LED
  • Display Type: Widescreen Flat Panel Display
  • Display Screen Coating: Low Haze with 3H hardness
  • Audio Output: 1 x Audio Line-out, 1 x Audio Line-in
  • Tilt and built-in cable-management
  • Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
  • Anti-theft stand lock slot (to panel), Capacitive Touch OSD controls
  • Voltage Required: 100 VAC to 240 VAC/50 Hz to 60 Hz ± 3 Hz/1.7 A (Max)
  • Power Consumption (Operational): 23W (typical) / 20.5W Energy Star / 44W (maximum)5
  • Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep: Less than 0.3W
    • Temperature Range Operating: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
    • Temperature Range Non-operating:
  • Storage: -20° to 60° (-4° to 140° F)
  • Shipping: -20° to 60° (-4° to 140° F)
  • Humidity Range Operating: 10% to 80% (non-condensing)
  • Humidity Range Non-operating:
    • Storage : 5% to 90% (non-condensing)
    • Shipping : 5% to 90% (non-condensing)
  • Altitude Operating: 5,000 m (16,404 ft) max
  • Altitude Non-operating: 12,192 m (40,000 ft) max
  • Dimensions with stand (H x W x D):
    • Height: 408.1 mm (16.07 inches)
    • Width: 520.8 mm (20.50 inches)
    • Depth: 196.2 mm (7.72 inches)
  • Dimensions without stand (H x W x D):
    • Height: 311.6 mm (12.27 inches)
    • Width: 520.7 mm (20.50 inches)
    • Depth: 54.3 mm (2.14 inches)
  • Weight:
    • With packaging: 5.83 kg (12.85 lb)
    • Panel only: 2.90 kg (6.39 lb)
  • Warranty: 1-Year Advanced Exchange Service

Besides the monitor, the Dell S2317HJ is neatly and tightly packaged with a stand riser, a wireless charging base, a power adapter, a power cable, and drivers, documentation, and an installation guide. Also included is an HDMI cable, which is a nice touch for those who don't happen to have an extra one laying around. Setting up the monitor was quick and easy due to its tool-less design. All we had to do was insert the stand base blocks into the stand slot and tighten the screw. The other part of the stand simply snapped into place.

Like all modern monitors, our desktop quickly detected the Dell S2317HJ’s Extended Display Identification Data (manufacturer name and serial number, product type, etc.) as well as the Display Data Channel, all of which automatically optimized the monitor's settings. That being said, you have to choose the connection each time you turn it on, as it defaults to wireless; however it only takes a second to switch it over. Once we updated this to automatically change connections, it worked flawlessly.

Overall, the Dell 23 S2317HJ is a well-designed 23-inch monitor due to its sleek, high-gloss build. In addition, we also appreciated its thin bezel, which made the design that much nicer.

The back of the monitor is home to all of the connectivity and monitor information. In addition, the back houses the stand release button, which releases the stand from the monitor; the security-lock slot, which helps secure the monitor and keep from being stolen; and the cable management slot, which is used to organize cables.

The barcode serial number label is located in the bottom center and has all the information you need if you ever have to contact Dell for any technical support. The wireless charging power switch (which turns on the switch for the readiness of wireless charging) resides on the monitor base. The 12V DC out cable port is located here as well as the power-adapter port, the latter of which connects the power cable via a 19V DC adapter for transition.

The wireless-charging functionality works well and is a really nice feature for those who want an uncluttered desk. It's certainly handy for those who have wireless charging cases or own one of the few smartphones that have built-in wireless charging. This will likely be much more useful once wireless-charging becomes mainstream, though in the interim there are low-cost options that can be added to iPhones and the like to take advantage of the wireless-charging feature. An inexpensive wireless-charging receiver for an iPhone 6 Plus is exactly how we tested the wireless charging feature. We found that the base charged the phone roughly at 2% every ten minutes. In eight hours, this would bring it from 0% to almost 100% (obviously the charger we selected may have had some impact on the device’s charge speed). However, this function would be more suited for those who frequently use their smartphones for business tasks and can set it down between uses to keep a charge. Once work is done, there is no need to worry about the phone battery dying before its nighttime charge. 

As far as usability goes, the front of the monitor has a simple, yet effective, layout. The function and power buttons are conveniently located on the front side of the monitor for easy access. The buttons are very responsive; it is also easy to navigate the menu, which was intelligently laid out. The function buttons consist of Shortcut key/Preset Modes (which displays a list of preset modes), Shortcut key/Volume, Menu, and Exit options. We found the interface to be fairly simple as you use the function buttons to navigate the menus. The grey layout is also clean and is easy to navigate.

The options available are quite extensive. These include Brightness and Contrast settings; the Auto Adjust option, which allows the monitor to self-adjust to the incoming video signal; the Input Source (it comes with a handy Auto Select feature to scan for available input signals); and a Color setting, which has presets for standard, multimedia, game, movie, paper, and other cool use cases, as well as the ability to customize your own. Also available are Display and Audio settings; Energy options, where you can set the power LED indicator On During Active or Off During Active to save energy and a bit of power; the Menu option, which allows users to adjust the settings of the OSD, including the language, the amount of time the menu remains on screen, etc.; and the Personalize tool to customize the shortcut key. The Others option allows users to change things like the LCD Conditioning and DDC/CI (Display Data Channel/Command Interface) settings.

Conclusion

The Dell 23 S2317HJ is a 23-inch monitor that offers effective wireless-charging capabilities for devices that support Qi and PMA functionality. Though not as feature-rich and upscale as the company's UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K monitor, the S2317HJ offers everything the average consumer and professional needs: a bright screen, nice design, full-HD picture, and an intelligent interface. The 23-inch Dell monitor also features dual 3W integrated speakers, which boast quality, crisp audio, and an ultra-wide 178°/178° viewing angle with full-tilt capabilities, allowing users to easily maneuver the monitor to virtually any angle they need.

Overall, the Dell 23 S2317HJ makes for a great addition to any workstation or home setup. We were very happy with the interface and functionality of the Dell 23 S2317HJ, especially with its very reasonable $240 price tag. And unless you have a current gen system with a video card to leverage 4K/5K technology, you likely won’t get much better picture quality than this.

The wireless charging is a nice add-on feature too for those who can take advantage of it. With the sub-$10 iPhone accessory, we saw good results as the phone passively charged while sitting on the stand. For those who prefer a clean workspace, there's definitely upside in having the charger built into the monitor. Hopefully more phones and devices will add support for these standards, because once you get used to drop and charge, the idea of plugging into a cord seems so uncivilized. 

The Bottom Line

The Dell 23” Monitor (S2317HJ) provides a great picture, plenty of options, wireless capability for Windows and Android devices, and wireless charging. In other words, the S2317HJ provides just about everything a casual user can ask from their monitor. 

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