Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP Widescreen 24in LCD Monitor - Dell 2408WFP

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers


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Black simply is the only colour a monitor's bezel should ever be, and matte instead of the frequent glossy finish means that, even though it might not look as appealing, there are no distractions from peripheral reflections. Thin silver strips on the top and bottom make the bezel seem even slimmer than it is, with the Dell logo and six small round buttons being the only detractions. Even the LED is unobtrusive, though this is the one area where I wish Dell had gone with the 2707's blue, rather than the 24 series' traditional green.

The stand, like the 2407's before it, is one of the sleekest you're likely to find on a 24in monitor, and the base also takes up less room than most, despite being heavy and solid. Build quality is good, though not quite as excellent as on some - the recently reviewed ViewSonic VP2250wb especially springs to mind.

The monitor still comes in two parts, which are as easy to assemble as ever. Just click the stand into the panel chassis, and you're ready to go. To disassemble, you merely press a small button on the monitor's back and hey presto, the 2408WFP is ready for transport. Another advantage to the two-part design is that there is no holding-pin for the stand to lose.

Fortunately, the two piece design doesn't have any detrimental effect on ergonomic adjustability either, with Dell's 24in offering all the flexibility you could need or want. There is a large degree of tilt, and while it doesn't allow you to go as high as the Hyundai W241D PVA, it goes far lower - almost down to your very desk. Of course, there is also pivot, allowing you to use the monitor in portrait mode (or even, thanks to the thin bezel, letting you put two pivoted screens next to each other).

So far, the 2408WFP is up there with the better monitors on the market, thanks to being virtually identical to the 2407. However, one area where Dell was lagging slightly behind some of the competition (like the BenQ FP241W) was in terms of inputs, especially the lack of HDMI. But boy, has it made up for that. Under the 2408WFP's unassuming bezel hides a veritable plethora of inputs that would put even some high-end televisions to shame.

Starting off the parade is a (for now) Dell monitor exclusive called DisplayPort. Vouched as a competitor or even eventual replacement for HDMI, it offers far greater bandwidth and supports higher resolutions, despite being only slightly bigger. Best of all though, it manages to avoid the licensing fees HDMI carries. So with all the advantages and none of the disadvantages, expect this to become popular quickly.

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Matthew Bunton

July 7, 2008, 10:49 am

What on earth is going on with Dell's pricing on this monitor it is constantly up and down a little while ago it was on sale for under 𧹈 now it's up to 𧻪.83 which makes it more expensive than their own new 27" model at 𧹦.

What a complete joke.


July 8, 2008, 8:21 pm

That's pretty insane alright, but then Dell are known for this kind of thing. If you want the 24in for a reasonable amount, PCBuyIt's price is still the same. Otherwise, 𧹰 (the current price) is not half bad for a 27in PVA!


November 15, 2008, 4:11 pm

Quite frankly, that was an excellent review. Of some 8 reviews I've come across this was knowledgeable, fair and interesting. No need to read the conclusion - the article as a whole was good.

I have a query of Mr Seghers. Your image score of 7 - was it based on the fact that initial viewing quality was perhaps poor formatted and required tweaking to make it a 7/10 or after tweaking the image quality in various screen functions could only make a 7? For if the latter, your review seems to give it - on the basis of image quality - a rather higher figure. Nonetheless, thanks for the quality of the review.



March 20, 2009, 7:52 pm

@ChrisH: Sorry for the late reply, didn't notice there was a new comment :(

Glad to hear you liked the review. About the image score, first of all keep in mind that it's relative: a 7 for an MVA/PVA or IPS panel still gives far better imagine quality than a similarly-rated TN.

To answer your question, the 2408WFP came VERY close to scoring an 8, but its factory settings were poor. Tinkering did resolve this to some extent, but to get the most out of it one would need a calibrator which most people don't possess.

If you're still in the market for a 24in monitor, I would seriously consider HP's LP2475w, a review of which is coming soon. And you're welcome :)


May 17, 2009, 3:51 pm

Any idea whether Dell will be updating this model in the coming weeks / months? It looks due a refresh. I'm also looking at the HP model, but I'd be interested to know whether anyone knows if a successor to this Dell is imminent

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