This is getting silly. We’ve had 24in displays for a while now, which is why both NEC and Acer have starting offering 26in displays. Dell however, was clearly a bit miffed that it, the company that introduced the concept of the large, affordable monitor, no longer had the biggest toy in town. As a response it’s launched the 2707WFP, a 27in display. Boys will be boys.
Dell does of course have larger screens – it has just released its second generation 30in display, but these have a higher resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. The physical size and resolution of the 30inchers is such that they’re out of the price range of most, especially as the resolution means that if you want to play games on it, you need serious horsepower to run them acceptably at native resolution, which only adds to the already high cost. What’s more you need to use a dual-link cable just to run the thing. A 30in display then is like a fast car, expensive to buy and with high running costs.
The 2707 is a possible solution – you get the large sense of scale but at 1,920 x 1,200, the same as the 24in and 26in displays of this world, you only need one card, albeit still a powerful one to run it in 3D. On the downside, going larger than ever before without increasing the resolution means that the size of the pixels is larger than before, which in theory makes for a less sharp image. Will this be a problem when it comes to image quality?
As far as I’m concerned the answer to that one is no. I found the Dell to be sharp and clear – considerably more so in fact than the Dell 2407 I have next to it. While the 24in was a decent monitor at the time, in terms of picture quality it has since been bettered. The first time you see it though, it won’t be the image quality of the Dell that will hit you most – it’ll be the blinged out design. While Dell monitors have favoured understated black bezels and dull silver stands, the 2707 is a marked departure – a large brushed silver bezel, a shiny metallic Dell logo at the bottom centre and an expansive shiny black stand. It screams out – “look at me, I’m a big flash monitor” - and why not I say – a 27in display is hardly going to be a shrinking violet, and if you’ve got it, flaunt it. The OSD buttons at the bottom right have also received a design makeover in keeping with the rest of the display. The six silver buttons are thin and elongated rather than round, which I prefer, while the yellow light has been replaced with a couple of blue ones, which offsets the silver very nicely.