Unfortunately, the stand of Dell’s UltraSharp 2709W isn’t quite as cool as an Ergotron Neo-Flex or the one of Samsung’s SyncMaster 245b. In contrast to these, it does not provide a pivot function to turn the screen upright. With 27” it also does not fit on a Neo-Flex stand anymore, although there might be other third party stands which can support 27” displays.
It is doubtful whether a pivot function would be that useful with such a large monitor anyway. Since I couldn’t test it, I can’t tell. With a 24” screen a pivot function was quite usable and useful. With 27” the monitor would be extremely high in an upright position, though. This might render the upper are useless.
The option to tilt the screen downwards is limited to only 3 degrees. I already consider the usual 5 degrees which most monitors offer as barely enough, so 5 degrees are – in my humble opinion – not enough. Fortunately, this downside is not that dramatic with the 2709W, because the viewing angles are quite good. With cheaper displays, the image quality suffers significantly when you cannot align them perfectly, but this problem does not apply to the 2709W.
Also limited is the upwards tilt, but it should still be enough for any normal use. It only showed a bit limiting during installation because it made it a little harder to plug in all the cables.
The height adjustment works flawlessly, smoothly and fast. There are no screws or other fastenings to loose and you can just push the screen upwards or downwards. On my desk, the monitor is constantly in the highest position and I would have wished for a higher end position. It’s not that troublesome, though, because with the overall height of the 2709W, the additional height adjustment doesn’t make that much difference anymore.
The swivel function also works flawlessly and smoothly – although the benefits of this function still elude me. I have never used it, yet.
Non-Mechanical Menu Buttons
The menu buttons mentioned earlier are not mechanical buttons but work by somehow electronically sensing the presence of a finger in front of them. Most fingers that is. I had massive problems to get my finger sensed in the beginning. This lead to some bizarre situations where I would put fingers in all possible angles, distances and pressures in front of or on the sensor in the hopeless attempt to open the menu – while my flatmate succeeded constantly on the first attempt.
After a while I discovered a trick which greatly improved my chances of calling the menu. I just need to press on my thumb in my closed fist and can then use the menu quite reliably with my thumb afterwards. Don’t ask my why that helps (increased blood flow?), but it helps.
Interestingly, the problem lessened significantly over the time. I can now trigger the menu almost always without previous thumb-pressing.
Another small but not dramatic annoyance is the brightness/contrast menu of the Dell UltraSharp 2709W. I always have trouble telling which control (brightness or contrast) is active, because the color codes are a bit ambiguous. Grmpf. 🙂
Other than that, the menu is all right and poses no trouble for me.