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Summary

Our Score

9/10

Review Price free/subscription

Dell W2600 - 26in LCD TV - Dell W2600

I was both impressed and pleased when I looked around the back of the W2600 and found not one, but two sets of component video inputs, both with their own set of audio inputs. Also lurking around the back is an S-Video input with its own audio connectors and a composite video input, also with two RCA ports for audio input.

Next to aerial input is a set of composite video and audio out ports, in case you want to capture from the TV tuners. Finally at the rear you'll find two SCART sockets - one is set for Y/C (S-Video), while the other is set for RGB. Strangely, there seems to be no way to pump a composite video signal through either of the SCART ports, but there are two other composite inputs available. That said, I wouldn't encourage anyone to use a composite signal unless they really had no choice.

Well that's all the connection options at the rear, but it's not all of the connection options. On the left side of the casing you'll find another S-Video and another composite video input, along with coresponding RCA audio inputs. So, you have a total of 10 input options for the W2600 - that should keep even the most demanding AV user happy.

There's also the option of viewing images stored on memory cards, but the memory card reader wasn't installed on the review sample that I received from Dell. The card reader is available as an option, but it will set you back around £55.

To help you make the most of all the connection options, Dell provides an impressive array of cables in the box. You get a DVI cable, a D-SUB cable, a component video cable, a composite video cable, an RCA audio cable and an S-Video cable.

Rounding off the package is a slim and stylish remote control finished in black and silver like the screen itself. The back of the remote has a rubberised finish that makes it easy to hold. The remote has just about every button you're ever likely to need, but it's still intuitive to use. Navigating the OSD menu from the remote is very simple, and there's a wide range of options from changing the equaliser settings for the sound to changing the colour profile to suit your video content.

So, this is the best LCD TV that I've ever used, but all that high-quality has to come at an astronomical price right? Wrong! The most amazing thing about this screen is that Dell is selling it for only £998 including VAT and delivery. I'm usually an advocate of the old saying "you get what you pay for", but in the case of the Dell W2600, you're getting far more than you're paying for.

Verdict

Not only is the W2600 the best LCD TV I've ever used, but at £998 it's an incredible bargain. If you're thinking about getting a media PC, or just want an LCD TV with a dizzying array of connection options, the Dell W2600 should be top of your list.

Scores In Detail

Value
10/10
Image Quality
9/10

Our Score

9/10
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