Connection wise things are fairly limited, just like they are on most 30in displays. There’s a single dual-link DVI input for hooking up your PC – unlike on the Samsung 305T, the Dell’s DVI port is HDCP compliant. Now, I’m usually the first to moan about a lack of HDCP on a screen, but I’m not that bothered about it on a 30in 2,560 x 1,600 display. The reason being that even a top-end 1080p signal will need to be scaled massively when viewed on a such a high resolution display – I therefore wouldn’t really want to use a 30in monitor for watching HD content. Ultimately, to get the best out of HD video, you want to be viewing it on a screen with 1:1 pixel mapping, to keep the image as sharp and clear as possible, and if you did that on a 30in monitor, you’d be watching a small window in the centre of the screen.
There’s an integrated USB hub with one upstream and four downstream ports. There’s also a built-in memory card reader at the side, which accepts SD, MMC, MemoryStick and CompactFlash – this is a pretty handy addition and saves you the hassle of having a separate card reader on your desk. There’s a dual-link DVI cable in the box, along with a USB cable and a power cord.
Once I’d unboxed the 3007WFP-HC and hooked it up to a PC, I was somewhat disappointed by the image quality – in fact I’d go as far as saying that the picture produced was pretty awful. This was in complete contrast to the Samsung 305T which came out of the box and produced an image that looked pretty much perfect. It would appear that while Samsung carefully calibrates its monitors before they leave the factory, Dell doesn’t bother.
So, my first impressions of the Dell’s image quality were not good. The picture looked dirty and mottled, while the colours were so ridiculously over saturated that it gave a cartoony look to everything being displayed. Off to the graphics drivers I went to try and improve things, and after much tinkering and adjusting, I did just that. Bear in mind that if you buy one of these screens and it comes out of the box looking like this one, you need to spend a decent amount of time setting it up.