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

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.
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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.
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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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