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

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Naturally, HDMI is still included, allowing you to easily hook up a PlayStation 3 or newer Xbox 360. But don't worry if you have both, as the 2408WFP provides no less than two HDCP-enabled DVIs. Counting the DisplayPort (for which HDMI and DVI adaptors should be available), Dell has provided four usable digital connections, which really is as much as anyone is likely to need.

For the Wii owners out there, or those using older consoles, there is component, and trusty old analogue VGA is not left out. You also get S-Video and composite. But hang on, we're far from done. There is a 3.5mm audio out (which unfortunately will only work for HDMI since there are no audio inputs). An integrated, powered four-port USB 2 hub means you can easily connect peripherals or charge gadgets, and the integrated media card reader should cater for most memory card types (CompactFlash, SD, MMC, xD, MemoryStick).

All of which makes the Dell easily the most accomplished monitor in terms of connections we have ever seen. The only extras one could possibly wish for at this stage might be a digital audio pass-through and a remote, since the 2408WFP could easily be used as a small full-HD TV.

Moving onto the OSD, Dell's menus are still beautifully presented, with colourful, clear icons, and the layout is fairly intuitive. However, it's not quite as easy to use as some, mainly due to the lack of a dedicated back/exit-menu button. Apart from that, the OSD is a mixture of annoying and brilliant. For example, menus are dynamic, and change depending on input, but I cannot fathom why the second menu option in VGA is auto-adjust, when there is a dedicated button for this function - though it's hardly fair to criticise Dell too much as it is not the only manufacturer guilty of this mistake.

Otherwise, options are very extensive indeed. There is a comprehensive selection of presets, including separate gamma and colour settings, and Desktop, Multimedia, Game, sRGB, Warm, Cool, and Custom RGB modes.

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.

TechVegan

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!

ChrisH

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.


CJH.

TechVegan

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 :)

atrac

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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