I picked up two of these monitors on sale a couple weeks back from BestBuy. The reviews seemed solid, and 1080P, 6ms refresh @ 60 Hz is all I was looking for. I just picked up an old gaming PC (i5-2500K on an Asrock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 MoBo with 16GB DDR3 RAM running a GTX-670) so I wasn't looking for a 4K at 120 Hz gaming experience. My PC has one HDMI and two DVI-D, so I went hunting for a HDMI to DVI-D adapter. Of course, BestBuy was out but they were more than willing to sell me a HDMI / DVI-D cord for $35.00. Highway robbery, but I wanted to get the monitors up and running that night, so I paid and left with the two monitors and overpriced cord.
The box includes the monitor, stand, small baggy with thumb screw to secure the two together, one power block with outlet cord, one HDMI cable, one cable management block that pushes into the stand to keep cords from slipping down, and a single "IKEA like" instruction page on assembly. I know not having a full manual is a big deal to some people, but honestly, assembly is pretty intuitive.
1) Remove the packaging and plastic protective sheets.
2) Slide the stand into the groove at the base of the monitor till it clicks.
3) Use the thumb screw with convenient tab to finger tighten the monitor and stand together.
4) Set monitor on desk or table.
5) Run input cable (HDMI or VGA) with the appropriate adapters, and plug into PC and monitor accordingly.
6) Plug in power block with outlet cord into wall.
7) Turn on PC.
8) Press small power button at the bottom of the monitor (bottom right hand corner) if monitor does not automatically power on with PC boot sequence.
This is my first set of IPS monitors, and after hearing all the hype and horror stories, I have to say I like them. These dual monitors are in my home office, and the copious amounts of (sometimes glaring) natural light doesn't wash out the picture at all. Images are crisp and clean. The monitors are VERY bright even on power saving mode, which is a preference for me, but some might find it a bit over bearing. The slim bezels are par for the course these days on HD IPS monitors, and I love the sleek look. Also, I generally run both of them in surround off my GPU at 3840x1080 and while I thought the middle split would degrade my experience, I find it wonderful now. So much screen real estate!!! If these monitors were still on sale, I'd grab a third one!!
Again, about two weeks in and I'm very happy with my purchase. I'll be mounting these in the next week or so with a VEGA adapter (just Google VEGA adapter for Dell S2318 if you don't believe me) and dual monitor wall or desk edge mount to clear my desk space, so I'll update once I do that.
I know a large chunk of the audience reading this (assuming you made it down this far) are asking, "That's great, Daemlar! Glad you like your new monitors, but CAN IT GAME??!! (assuming that six year old relic rig you bought can manage to download Steam, of course)." Well yes, Mr. Dual GTX1080Ti in SLI!!! It can game... for as much as my rig can pump out, which means most games at medium to high settings 1080P. For that, it works wonderfully. So if you're a casual gamer with a modest rig like me, these monitors are great.
In summary, a 23" IPS monitor for $110.00 is a great deal. Dell has put out a strong, budget monitor for us casual gamers, typical home PC owners, and spreadsheet junkies. Even at the full $179.00 they're back up to now, I probably would opt for this monitor as opposed to its various competitors in that price range.