Pros Wide viewing angles, build quality, included features
Cons Wide Color Gamut unable to correctly display sRGB images, bad input lag
Summary I just purchased 2 of these 2408WFP's to use as dual monitors. I thought I did all my homework prior to making the purchase but evidently not. The model currently shipping is a first version and has major issues. Just check the Dell Support Forums...customers with this monitor are eagerly awaiting a new hardware revision!!!
First, the wide color gamut is basically incompatible with Internet Explorer! (and any other non-color managed applications!) Most images on the web and in most other applications use the standard sRGB color profile. This monitor does a poor job in displaying these images. Users are having to use special color-managed web browsers for this monitor!
Second, this monitor has been found to have the worst input lag of just about any LCD! Gamers be warned...this monitor is NOT for you! The input lag is so bad it's even noticeable in scrolling on web pages!
Dell is promising an updated revision that should fix the input lag and other issues. Not sure how they will address the color gamut issue if even at all. What this monitor needs is a sRGB color profile mode for everyday use!!!Updated
Just to add a few more comments to my original review...
Additional Pros: True Blacks (Wow!), PVA-type panel
The input lag is totally different from the "Response Time" spec. If you put the 2 together you get the overall time it takes the screen to be refreshed. You have to add the input lag to the 6ms Response Time spec and in the case of this monitor you'll get way worse than anything near 6ms!
"UltraSharp"on by GarpikeEvE
Pros Great Multimedia Image Quality, Functionality, Large Selection of Inputs, Incredible Color Gamut, No Ghosting in Games, Better than Average Display Options, Great Bang for the Buck
Cons Buttons are relatively clumsy...Static Image Quality isn't Perfect but isn't all that bad either.Other than that...This monitor ROCKS!
Summary Having been a previous owner of the 2407 Dell Ultrasharp Monitor I was a little concerned about ghosting as a problem in this monitor as the 2407 had a TERRIBLE ghosting problem in games and movies probably due to the factory cranking the overdrive up to ludicrous speed..."We've turned plaid!!"
Suffice to say that I was more than pleased when I hooked this monitor up to my PC and my Xbox 360 and found that my new monitor displayed no noticeable ghosting at all.
In fact, ghosting aside the image quality on this monitor is astonishing. With just a little tweaking in the options menu I discovered just how beautiful gaming and 1080p movies could be. The colors are accurately displayed for the most part. Like I said...A little adjustment is needed...But goodlord...After I was done with my tuning, this monitor really POPS!
Many inputs make this monitor an excellent multimedia display for a bedroom or office. I found the HDMI and RGB inputs to be relatively useless for HD movie play back in 1080p due to display scaling / cropping, however there are two DVI inputs that will display an HD input PERFECTLY!
Static image quality is probably a little sketchy for those of you who make a living off of that sort of thing. I noticed a little color shifting in some of my static test images. If your just an average consumer you won't notice though as the picture quality is still WAY above average.
For gaming this monitor is SPECTACULAR. The changes I noticed going from the old one to this are simply mind bending. EVE looks incredible. You can really see how much love DELL put in this monitor for gamers over the 2407.
I recommend this monitor to anyone and everyone. At this price point it just can't be beat.
Thanks for reading my article.
Pros Stunning color and contrast; lots of adjustability, connection options, good value.
Cons Not the smoothest text rendering, may require some calibration
Summary Overall, this is an excellent monitor—the image quality is great, excellent motion-response for video and games, minimal if any ghosting, and lots of picture adjustments. The connection options are very nice if you plan to connect multiple devices, although I personally haven't used any of them, so I can't speak to any limitations or caveats.
I also use an Apple display of the same size (which is twice the price, due largely to the aluminum enclosure), and this Dell preforms better in almost every way. The one thing I really like about the apple display is that it's text display is quite a bit smoother. I'm on a mac where high-quality text anti-aliasing is standard, so that's a tiny bit disappointing. Still, probably the only reason I notice it is because the Apple does it slightly better. Also, the Dell is slightly slower waking from standby. In most other ways the Dell is superior (adjustability, color, contrast).
I'm very happy with the Dell and I've had no dead pixels or other problems of any kind.
Pros Nice Stand
Summary A computer store recommended this monitor to me. I bought the monitor, and soon after random coloured dots started appearing on the screen. This progressed to a flickering screen, and finally to a screen that would blank out. I bought a new video card, but it still blanked out. The computer store sent the monitor back for a second one. The brand new second monitor also blanked out. Dell refused to refund the computer store for the monitor; all they would do is keep sending back the same type of monitor that didn't work. Luckily the store replaced the monitor. I am now happily using a Nec monitor with no issues. Dell refused to post this review on its own site. As a result, I lost the use of my computer for 6 weeks, while the store had to argue with Dell.
"Worth every penny."on by floz23
Pros Bright, very good black level, capable of displaying color as advertised.
Cons Response time is not "awesome", NEEDS CALIBRATION.
Summary This is my first review ever. I currently have two of these in my office here, both get used for graphic design and video production.
I must say, these monitors are "wild." The default brightness level is WAY to bright and the saturation of the Reds and Greens is almost blinding at first. If you are not prepared to get a color calibration device and calibrate it properly, you're in for a VERY bright and colorful computing experience.
For example, you will notice, very quickly, that you'll need to enable the color management feature in firefox in order to get a color managed web browsing experience (google it, it's a hidden option in firefox.) If you use IE, or firefox without enabling color management, the reds and greens will be so over saturated, it's almost "clown like" browsing experience.
So, to sum this up. You will NEED to properly calibrate this monitor and enable the firefox color management option, if not, while your reds and greens will be colorful, it will not be very accurate.
Final note: again, if you calibrate this monitor, you will have something which can compete, somewhat, with EIZO's top of the line coloredge offerings. Also, to all you PVA haters, I'd just like to remind you that EIZO uses S-PVA panels, just like this dell.