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Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP 24" Widescreen LCD

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We’re willing to bet that many of you have wildly varied opinions of Dell. Some no doubt consider them a huge, monolithic corporation who pushes out generic computers without a soul; while others consider them to be pioneers of the low-cost PC movement, who (almost) single-handedly made computers available to nearly every price point. No matter what your opinion of Dell as a company is, it is difficult to find many people in IT circles who dislike their monitor division.

Dell’s lineup of flat panel displays have proven themselves to be reliable, stylish, and typically right on par price-wise with some of the most inexpensive LCD monitors on the market. They’ve delivered exceptional bang for the buck, and throughout the years, they’ve managed to improve the quality of the screens and the overall feature sets while overall prices have gone down. While this is also true for the rest of the monitor industry, Dell has retained their reputation for reliability, which still sticks with them today. Sure, Dell displays don’t have the raw sexiness of Apple’s Cinema series displays, but they’re typically quite a bit cheaper while offering more functionality.

Perhaps the best part of Dell’s monitor division is that they never slow down. Around every year or so, we typically see Dell launch refreshes of their monitor designs, which typically include updated bezel styling, upgraded features, and new connectivity options. This year is no exception, and Dell is getting pretty feisty with its new WFP lineup. Today, we’ll be looking at the 24” model, which many (including us) consider to be the sweet spot in terms of price, productivity, and raw size. Studies have often shown 24” displays to be the best for price/productivity, even more so than 30” displays, as many find screens larger than 24” hard to navigate due to having so much space.

Without further ado, let’s meet the latest display in Dell’s arsenal, the 24” Ultrasharp 2408WFP.
 


Dell's Ultrasharp 2408WFP 24" and Ultrasharp 3007WFP 30" displays, side by side.

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That is one beautiful moniter! I,ve recently seen a Dell 24" at a local Staples not this paticular one but what I say was good example of their quality! Though a bit pricey at the moment I would be willing to wait it out to get one! Good review!

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"No matter what your opinion of Dell as a company is, it is difficult to find many people in IT circles who dislike their monitor division."

Mhmm, very true.  My brother has said negative things about Dell before, but he always sings praises on their displays, even going so far as to encourage me to buy one on multiple occasions.  They really are top-tier in the display market.

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As for comparing the new 2408WFP against the budget-minded E248WFP, well, the difference is quite large. The E248WFP lags in terms of color support, contrast, input connectors, and has no USB ports or integrated card readers. However, the E248WFP has the same base screen as the 2407WFP, but at a much lower price-tag, so we’re certainly seeing progress here..

 

 

Are you sure about this? The 160deg viewing angle of the budget E248WFP is usually a tell-tale sign that unlike the other two monitors, it's infected with terrible TN panel AIDS.


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  Too plain IMO. I like more colors on the frame Big Smile But looks like a quality product, I hope.

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 Did you get a chance to hook it up to a ps3 or a 360, if so how did it scale? With the HDMI it would be a good second screen for that but i've heard about some problems with other 24" displays when it comes to that.

 

Thanks, 

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That actually sounds like a good thing to add to monitor reviews.  LCD monitors are 16:10 and the 360 and PS3 can't do that, so does it stretch 1920x1080 to fit into 1920x1200, or does it keep aspect ratio and letterbox it with black bars?  That would be good to know, if possible from you guys.

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I recently purchased one of these, so as not to disgrace my new rig (thanks again HH) with my old 17" VGA monitor. I have to say I have been quite pleased with it. Although, I would strongly disagree with your opinion that it comes properly calibrated right out of the box. It is far too bright and the gamma levels are off. I however, didn't experience any of the red hue issues that other people have complained about and had no dead or stuck pixels.

I only have two complaints. The first being that the left hand side is noticeably brighter than the rest of the screen, which is made quite apparent when displaying darker colors, and the second being that I  briefly experienced a high pitch buzzing sound from the monitor. The sound only occured on one occasion and has yet to resurface, so I am hoping that it will not be a future issue. 

In regards to the contrast ratio, I think it is worth noting that the true ratio is 1000:1 and the 3000:1 ratio is dynamic. I am not a fan of dynamic contrast at all so I don't really see this as an added selling point. Dynamic contrast isn't too bad when the image being displayed is primarily dark, but when the image contains bright portions, the overall quality of the image is destroyed. For those who may not fully understand what dynamic contrast is and how it relates to true or static contrast I will explain the differences. Static contrast ratio is the ratio for the luminosity of  the darkest and brightest colors a display is capable of displaying simultaneously. Where as dynamic contrast ratio applies to the luminosity of the darkest and brightest colors a display is capable of displaying independently. Dynamic contrast works by dimming or under-powering the backlight of a display for dark images. Thus if an image contains bright portions, they will also be dimmed proportionately to those which are dark. 

While better LCD monitors certainly exist, they will not be found priced anywhere near the 2408WFP. Unless you don't mind spending 2g or more on a monitor, this one is sure to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes.

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 The whole backlighting where part of the screen is darker than another, the color shifts when not looking directly at the center of the screen, the blurryness in games are all reasons why i have just stuck with my CRT.  I just cant make myself spend money on a screen that is inferior in quality to my CRT, expecially when it costs nearly 300 bucks for a decent LCD.

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Same, Drago.  My 21-inch CRT, while heavy as sin, is only moved twice a year, so weight is almost irrelevant.  I can game at or above 1920x1080, while I desktop at 1280x960.  And if a game is too intense for a high resolution, I can do any resolution at all and it is the "native res".  Colors are fine.  A true high quality LCD will win in colors, but who is to say it won't come with problems (and of course will be stuck on a native res).

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 LCD's cannot compare to CRT's in color.  Only the super high end S-IPS panels can get close, but a cheapo CRT will beat the socks off of ANY LCD in color reproduction.

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