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Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP Widescreen 24in LCD Monitor review

Ardjuna Seghers

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8

For the advanced computer user, 24in monitors are probably the sweet spot right now, offering the ideal combination of price, resolution and desk space. WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolutions are only just making their way into panel sizes below 23in (at least in desktop monitors; laptops like the Alienware Area51 m15x offer them below 17in), with most 22in monitors still only offering 1,680 x 1,050. The advantages of the higher resolution are not only that it gives you more working area, but it's also ideal for displaying full HD (1080p) content.

Going above 24in, the dot pitch also goes up, meaning your images are no longer as sharp. Meanwhile, adjustability goes down, with only rare cases offering pivot or even height adjustment. Of course, taking things to the next level, you could go for a 30in screen, but these severely tax both your wallet and your graphics card, and use up to twice as much electricity.

The 24in market itself can be roughly divided up into two segments: on the one hand we have the cheap and cheerful displays such as the BenQ G2400W, usually sporting TN panels, minimal inputs and almost no adjustability; on the other are more expensive monitors that use higher quality panels (sPVA/MVA or IPS) featuring potentially more accurate colours and better viewing angles. These usually offer the full range of ergonomic adjustments, and multiple inputs including USB, component and HDMI. An example of this type is the Samsung SyncMaster 245T.

While the former are adequate for ‘normal' use and PC gaming, if you require colour accuracy, flexibility or the ability to hook up multiple consoles (especially the Wii, which needs component for the best quality), the latter segment will be for you. And in that case keep reading, because - on paper at least - Dell's latest 2408WFP fulfils all these criteria and more.

In terms of physical design, anyone who is familiar with the previous 2407 will find themselves in well-known territory. But that's by no means a bad thing, as the 2407 was among the better 24in designs of 2007. Of course, Dell has significantly updated some of its monitors' looks with the UltraSharp 2707WFP, but personally, I'm glad the company kept the matte black bezel and sleek silver foot for its flagship 24incher. It's one of those timeless looks that's serious and attractive at the same time, and if it isn't broke, why fix it?

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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