"A great LCD that shows some minor improvements over the 2005FP, and one small step back."4.0 starson by crowing
Pros: Slick new look, bright, good color reproduction, all the amenities.
Cons: A bit expensive without coupons, minimal cable management, issues with banding
Summary: I moved up to the 2007wfp from a 17 in. CRT, so it's no suprise that I'm thrilled with the extra real estate and the wider screen. But what I wasn't expecting is how much sharper text is, or how vibrant everything looks. I think this is a great multipurpose LCD that shows some minor improvements over Dell's previous version, the 2005FPW, and one small step back.
First, a lot of people have been waiting on this model due to it's HDCP support. HDCP is a new type of copyright protection that may or may not be needed with the next generation of high definition media. While it's not critical for most users, those that use their computer as an entertainment center may want to take note.
Next, some people were put off by Dell's 2005fpw due to issues with backlight bleeding. It was generally found that you could see some of the lcd lighting leaking out around the corners when the screen was supposed to be dark. Luckily, that seems to be less of a problem this time.
This monitor does well to live up to Dell's reputation. Whether you like the new industrial look is largely up to personal taste, but other things like USB hub, full height and tilt adjustment, and screen rotation are just plain nice to have. Aspect scaling is still included, which is great if you have a game or application that doesn't agree with the widescreen setup. As a casual gamer I have yet to see any major problems with ghosting or tearing. However, there is one drawback.
Those who are into graphics creation and editing may not like the fact that this LCD shows color banding. To explain, banding is when a gradient (a slow shift beteen colors) doesn't display as smoothly as it should. I hardly notice it, but I'm no professional. Then again, those type of people can afford a more expensive monitor anyway, right?Updated
The price on the 2007WFP has been dropping and now this: a recent update to the firmware of this LCD is confirmed to fix the banding issues this monitor had in the past. That's right, 2 of the bigggest drawbacks to this screen are no longer an issue. If didn't have neough reason before, now the time to replace that fuzzy old CRT.