That said, no amount of manual tweaking could make the 3007WFP-HC look as good as the Samsung 305T, and I strongly suspect that I’d need to properly calibrate the Dell with a profiling utility and an optical sensor like the EyeOne from GretagMacbeth. The issue is that I doubt that anyone buying a Dell monitor would have access to such kit, and if they have to purchase and sensor and profiler to set the monitor up satisfactorily, it will add significantly to the overall cost.
But I guess that’s a point in itself. If colour accuracy and image quality are paramount, you’re probably not looking at Dell in the first place, you’re probably looking at NEC or Eizo, because cost comes a distant second. It’s probably fair to say that most large Dell screens are used for basic desktop work and a fair bit of gaming, where an accurate colour space isn’t as important as purchase cost.
Running DisplayMate on the 3007WFP-HC highlighted some definite issues, which were hard to resolve, no matter how much time I spent tweaking the display driver. Most evident is the slight yellow tinge that appears mid way through greyscale gradations. This isn’t uncommon in LCD screens, but you can usually adjust it out. Also, the Colour Scales test suffered from the old intensity problem – you either lost detail at the low intensity end, or increased the brightness and ended up with compression at the high intensity end.
For general Windows work, the 3007WFP-HC looks OK, but even here the oversaturated colours are evident – the TrustedReviews home page for example, has a slightly radioactive look to it. The same can be said when editing images, where browns often look too red and reds border on bright pink. What’s interesting is that if you fire up a game, or play some video, the colour problem becomes far less of an issue, with the action just looking more punchy and in your face. Of course you’ll need a PC that can drive games at 2,560 x 1,600 in the first place.