I fondly recall seeing Dell's big Crystal display at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, because it was--hands down--the monitor that everybody was talking about. In a world of thinning panels and absurd technological achievements with coloration and clarity, here was Dell. Good ol' Dell. The bastion of the common man's PC, working on a display that looks downright Mac-like in its creativity. If not more than, because I have yet to see anything from Apple that remotely resembles the see-through panel Dell was pushing.
Long story short, I was excited. Me, and just about every other magazine and blog that got wind of the display. Sure, it was going to be a little pricy, but it if delivered an awesome picture, I can think of no reason why the hipsters, graphic artists, and gaming enthusiasts wouldn't want this sweet-looking display on their desktops. It's rare for a product to inspire a purchasing decision by looks alone, but Dell's Crystal had that je ne sais quoi. That ultimate geeky appeal.
Well, the fateful day has arrived. Dell shipped us a Crystal this week, and I've been rushing at lightning speed to put it through its paces in both our Lab benchmarking environment and the confines of a typical bedroom setup. Why this scrutiny? I was worried that some of the effects we were seeing in the benchmarking process might be a result of the Lab's less-than-ideal lighting situation. But I'm proud to report that everything we experienced with this monitor can be replicated in both an office and home environment.