Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP 30-inch LCD With DisplayPort

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Inputs and Controls

The UltraSharp 3008 WFP has a myriad of input options, as we noted earlier, a far cry from the minimalist single DVI-D input of the 3007 series.  Clearly Dell took customer requests to heart and pulled out all the stops with this panel, in terms of connectivity options.
Dell UtlraSharp 3008 WFP  I/O Connectivity
Pick an input, any input...

A plethora of connection options can be seen here, with a pair of dual-link DVI-D inputs, a standard VGA input (if you simply must waste the image quality of this huge digital panel over an analog connection), HDMI, RGB Component, Composite, S-Video, and DisplayPort interfaces at your disposal.  Here again we see the panel also offers two downstream USB ports and one upstream port for connecting to the host system that enables both the downstream USB ports as well as the 9-in-2 flash card reader.  There are even RCA audio output jacks available for passing on HDMI or DisplayPort driven audio signals to an external audio system of your choice.

Dell UltraSharp 3008 WFP Controls
A Total Departure From The 3007 WFP - Ultimate Control



Another area that Dell answered the call on, is with respect to image setup and control.  Though the interface definitely gets a bit click-happy with 5 control buttons and a power button available, the available on-screen adjustment options are numerous and certainly add to the panel's flexibility.  In fact, all of the available control this monitor gives you for image positioning, color, brightness, contrast, even sharpness level setting, is a significant advantage for this LCD over any other 30-inch panel we've looked at thus far.  We specifically liked the panel's "dynamic contrast" feature, which when enabled offered an impressive balancing algorithm of both light and dark colors. 

In addition, the 3008's available sharpness adjustment was a great addition offering the ability to tighten things back up when scaling resolutions down from its native 2560X1600 resolution.  Gamers especially will like this feature we feel since added sharpness can be harsh on the desktop but really come in handy in a full screen 3D rendering.  All told we were enamored by the UltraSharp 3008 WFP's range of controls and adjustability.  Without question the 3008 offers the kind of control that should be given on an LCD panel of this caliber.

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