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Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP Widescreen 24in LCD Monitor Review - Dell 2408WFP Review

Naturally, HDMI is still included, allowing you to easily hook up a PlayStation 3 or newer Xbox 360. But don’t worry if you have both, as the 2408WFP provides no less than ”two” HDCP-enabled DVIs. Counting the DisplayPort (for which HDMI and DVI adaptors should be available), Dell has provided four usable digital connections, which really is as much as anyone is likely to need.

For the Wii owners out there, or those using older consoles, there is component, and trusty old analogue VGA is not left out. You also get S-Video and composite. But hang on, we’re far from done. There is a 3.5mm audio out (which unfortunately will only work for HDMI since there are no audio inputs). An integrated, powered four-port USB 2 hub means you can easily connect peripherals or charge gadgets, and the integrated media card reader should cater for most memory card types (CompactFlash, SD, MMC, xD, MemoryStick).

All of which makes the Dell easily the most accomplished monitor in terms of connections we have ever seen. The only extras one could possibly wish for at this stage might be a digital audio pass-through and a remote, since the 2408WFP could easily be used as a small full-HD TV.

Moving onto the OSD, Dell’s menus are still beautifully presented, with colourful, clear icons, and the layout is fairly intuitive. However, it’s not quite as easy to use as some, mainly due to the lack of a dedicated back/exit-menu button. Apart from that, the OSD is a mixture of annoying and brilliant. For example, menus are dynamic, and change depending on input, but I cannot fathom why the second menu option in VGA is auto-adjust, when there is a dedicated button for this function – though it’s hardly fair to criticise Dell too much as it is not the only manufacturer guilty of this mistake.

Otherwise, options are very extensive indeed. There is a comprehensive selection of presets, including separate gamma and colour settings, and Desktop, Multimedia, Game, sRGB, Warm, Cool, and Custom RGB modes.

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