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