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Dell Launches Second Gen 27in LCD Monitor

Gordon Kelly


Dell Launches Second Gen 27in LCD Monitor

It may still be a fairly new monitor size but Dell is already busting out its second generation 27in display. Following up the 2707WFP is the confusingly similar '2707W' but the lack of that F and P make quite a difference...

Picking up where its forebear left of the 2707W comes with a boosted 3,000:1 contrast ratio (up from 1,000:1) and swanky new black finish (I wasn't the greatest fan of the rather plastic-y silver one first time around). Connectivity is the big winner however with HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, component, composite and DisplayPort in there so if you own a graphics card from any time in the last 15 years you'll be just fine. USB ports are sported too along with a 9-in-2 memory card reader.

As for the basics, they remain unchanged with a 1920 x 1200 native resolution, brightness of 450 nits and 6ms response time. Price does get a battering however with a $999 RRP currently listed on Dell US following its immediate release. This represents a $400 dollar saving compared to the 2707WFP launch price. How will that translate when it hits the UK? Not a clue...

If you do plan a monitor upgrade however the 2707W looks a good option. On the other hand, if you already splashed out a bundle on a 2707WFP then you have my commiserations. Technology can be cruel...


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June 21, 2008, 4:54 am

So this is in addition to the 2709W? What's the difference between the two?

2709W on Dell UK's website: http://accessories.euro.dell.c...

jamie anderson

June 21, 2008, 12:10 pm

Isn't the new model named '2709W', not "confusingly similar '2707W' "?


June 21, 2008, 5:35 pm

the way I always understood the naming convention of Dell monitors was that the first two numbers were the diagonal screen size, the second 2 digits were the year the model was released in, then a "W" if widescreen, and the "FP" says it's the decent model with all the connectivity and high quality panel (can't remember the code for the cut back budget one, but I think it doesn't have the "P")

Seems the naming convention is being changed with this model though, however it still surprises me that it's not the 2708W given that it's, you know, 2008 now...

jamie anderson

June 21, 2008, 8:53 pm

To ChaosDefinesOrder:

"FP" is DellSpeak for Flat Panel. "UltraSharp" was the terminology that they used to use to define their higher-end monitors, although I don't think they use that much anymore. The "E" prefix & 3-digit model numbers are now used to identify their cheaper monitors. I think the "FP" part of the name became redundant because they no longer sell CRT monitors. I'm not completely sure, but if you look at the complete history of Dell's LCD monitor releases, I think you will find that the last 2 digits of the model number do not always correspond to the year of that model's debut. The 2407WFP, for example, was released in 2006.

Matthew Bunton

July 7, 2008, 10:52 am

This is currently cheaper than the 24" model go figure.

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