Upon first glance, the 2408WFP didn’t strike us as being visually different compared to most recent Dell displays. Frankly, we think this is a good thing, as the base design we’re presented with here is exceptionally strong, and appeals to both gamers and business-types. Dell has shifted away from this base design with some of their newer models, but in our opinion, the visual differences always end up being negatives compared to what we’re seeing here. In this case, not having a large amount of change is very much a positive.
The Ultrasharp 2408WFP sports a two-tone silver and black color schema which works great when paired with a black or silver chassis sitting next to it. The display itself is surrounded by a thin border which is a matte black plastic. In reality, it’s actually a very dark gray plastic, which is also textured a bit, unlike some previous Dell Ultrasharp displays we’ve seen. This makes the border around the display less shiny, which makes it less distracting if you are using the display in a room with lots of light.
Dell 2408WFP - Front
Dell 2408WFP - Rear
While some Dell displays are moving towards “button-less” buttons (relying on touch-sensing to enable/disable menus), the 2408WFP sports real buttons with real tactical feedback. The bottom right corner of the display has a series of six buttons which control the brightness/contrast, display input, picture-in-picture, and power. The buttons are linked to a fairly intuitive on-screen display which helps guide you through the more advanced display options.
The back of the display is largely silver, which connects to the heavy-duty weighted metal-base. The base ships as a separate unit compared to the actual display, and the user must install the base upon setting up the unit. Luckily, Dell has an extremely easy to use mounting system which uses a VESA 100mm bracket. The base easily snaps into place and immediately offers height adjustment, vertical tilt, and portrait/landscape swivel modes. The base also centers the display’s weight and focuses it on the base, which makes it very sturdy, even when you’re adjusting the display to suit your needs. The base also has a cut-out which allows cables to run through it for cleanliness purposes. However, if you plan to run a lot of cables through here, be warned, it gets pretty cramped and difficult only after a few cables. We can’t imagine running all of the available display connectors through this area – this would be next to impossible given the available area to run cables through.
Maximum Tilt Upwards
Maximum Tilt Downwards
We found the 2408WFP’s flexibility to be ample enough for our needs, although we did note during our photography that the screen does not have the ability to tilt forward very far. In the shots above, you can see the screen tilting all the way backwards (left) and forwards (right), which is quite a difference in tilt angle. Swiveling the monitor to become a 1200 x 1900 portrait-style display is a piece of cake, provided you leave some leeway with your cables and you've got your monitor height set at a high-level (if too low, the monitor edge will scrape your desk).