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

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

We also have all the adjustments you would want in a multi-purpose display, such as menu rotation (not automatic, like on the ViewSonic VP2250wb, but at least present), the option to disable the dynamic contrast (taking the monitor down from its backlight-controlled 3000:1 to a healthy native 1000:1 claimed figure), and an adequate selection of aspect settings. Essentially, there is 1:1 pixel mapping, meaning the monitor will display whatever you feed it exactly as is, and an Aspect mode that stretches content to the maximum possible without distortion. The only notable absence for a wide gamut monitor is the ability to switch off its overdrive.

Button layout is logical, and generally excellent. Amidst the touch-sensitive craze, Dell has stuck to physical buttons, and deserves further praise for featuring a dedicated ‘input select' switch as its first one. Other shortcuts include PIP/PBP (unfortunately only on S-Video, composite and component) and contrast/brightness.

My main complaint with the buttons is ironically due to Dell's prolific inputs, as from the original 2405's five we have gone to eight on Dell's latest, and it would be nice to have an extra ‘previous input' button, rather than having to cycle through the whole list every time. Though at least, as with BenQ's stunning V2400W, switching is near instantaneous.

However, what really makes or breaks a display is image quality. Dell actually has an unusual and interesting policy when it comes to the quality produced by its panels. When a new model is released, if major downsides are noted by a large percentage of users (like the colour banding on the 2407FPW), Dell often brings out a new revision where it tries to fix the issue.

The panel inside the 2408WFP is actually an S-PVA, which should offer a combination of broad viewing angles, fairly accurate colours and decent response. Specifically, Dell claims a fairly standard 178 degrees for the viewing angles and 6ms grey-to-grey response. It also means this is a proper 8-bit panel, which can display the full 16.7 million colours without dithering. The 2408WFP features an even wider gamut than the 2407WFP-HC before it, covering 102 per cent of NTSC thanks to an enhanced seven tube W-CCFL backlighting system.

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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