Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: In all of our technical and subjective testing the new Dell 3007WFP-HC performed on par with or better than its previous version counterpart, the 3007WFP; a true yardstick of measure to be sure. Though we did find ourselves turning up the brightness a bit on this 300 cd/m2 capable LCD, the panel had significantly more accurate color reproduction across the spectrum and offered better contrast throughout. The 3007WFP-HC has a slightly cooler presentation overall as well, which helps with brighter, more accurate whites but this did not take away from the panel's capability to generate very vibrant colors with excellent detail, even in darker scenes where subtle gradients are lost with lesser quality back-lighting.
At this point in time, Dell's older UltraSharp 3007WFP standard panel has a street price of around $1370. Until February '07 or so, the new UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC will only be sold with select Dell XPS systems, somewhat disappointing for some of you we're sure. You'll just have to save a few holiday pennies until mid Q1 and then we should see the new 3007WFP-HC retailing for around $1699, which is about where the first edition 3700WFP retailed for at launch.
Though we still feel Dell could have offered a few more connectivity options, as well and a bit more range of motion with its stand, it's safe to say that this gorgeous new 30" panel lives up to the rather lofty goal of refinement of the already impressive standard 3007WFP. The UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC is what we would consider the pinnacle of high-end, large computer monitor LCD screens. This LCD is up to virtually any task with an enormous amount of screen real-estate, excellent contrast, color reproduction, uniformity and pixel response. If you're looking for that "ultimate computer upgrade", come February '07, the good elves at Dell will have a new present for you. In the mean time, if you're considering an entire Dell system purchase and have a hankering for high resolutions and lots of Vista desktop area, we say go for it. We're giving the Dell 3007WFP-HC HotHardware's Editor's Choice Award for innovation and excellence.