Inputs and Controls
The 3007WFP-HC is fairly sparse in terms of connectivity options but we'll take you through a few of the salient points.
From a video source input standpoint, there is but one option and one single input on Dell's line of UltraSharp 3007WFP LCDs. You get DVI and DVI-only, just one thanks. Frankly, this is the one major gripe we'd levy with this panel. For such a high-end product, it certainly seems logical to us that Dell would provide more of a selection of signal input options, like HD Component, S-Video and VGA, all of which can be found on Dell's lower-end UltraSharp 2405FPW and 2407 24" panels.
Dell did carry over four USB ports, as well as their 9-in-2 Media Card Reader setup that can also be found on the standard 3007WFP. These connectivity options are a welcomed addition and do offer the user a nice convenience without the need for cluttering the desktop with an external card reader. On a side note, in testing with our 2GB CF cards, we found the reader to work flawlessly over its speedy USB 2.0 connection.
Shown here with a green test fill on the screen, you can see the UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC's user control buttons on the bottom right corner of the panel. There are three in total: Power, Brightness + and Brightness -. There are also no on-screen menus to navigate through for image adjustment or positioning. In other words, since you're going to be using the panel exclusively through a DVI connection only, there isn't a huge need to mess with adjustments anyway. Regardless, it might have been nice to have a few more options in this area as well.
Clearly, Dell saves a ton of cost without the need for on-screen controls, input selection and position controls etc., when going with a single DVI input option on the panel. The Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC is targeted at doing one thing really well; delivering a huge amount of screen real estate at an insanely high resolution with optimal image fidelity. We'll let you know if the product hits the mark with respect to this target, next.