The Good Strong overall efficiency; proven design is both aesthetically pleasing and practical; video calls are invisible.
The Bad The cool pre-set mode is too blue; no digital audio.
The Bottom Line The Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP 24 ”display delivers performance, design and features. It features movies and games, making it not only a great choice for an entertaining display, but also great for everyday Windows tasks
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The Dell UltraSharp 2408WPF packs all its stellar performance inside with a practical and aesthetically pleasing design, while experiencing a plethora of communication richness. It also has a fair price of around £ 400; we would bet on any 24-inch display that you find smaller, with compromised feature or performance suggestions, or both.
The Dell 2408WFP has the same basic design as its predecessor, the UltraSharp 2407WFP. This includes a relatively thin bezel around the edge of the screen with the Dell logo at the bottom.
The on-screen display is easy to navigate and includes the usual brightness, contrast, color, and more. We also liked that OSD takes the screen long enough to appreciate any changes you make when calibrating the display. There are also six preset modes included, such as game play, movie viewing, and graphics that affect color temperature, contrast, and brightness.
From the back, you look at the mostly silver case that runs around the foot and neck of the stand with the large silver Dell logo at the top. The screen rotates 45 degrees left and right and about 30 degrees back. The screen also rotates 90 degrees to the left in the transport mode, but you will have to first rotate the screen back before you can actually rotate it the way the stand stands. This is a minor hobby, but we hope Dell will consider when deciding to revamp this chassis.
The pedestal stand is the same Y-shaped construction as last year’s model. The stand width is approximately 497mm at the widest level and really helps to make the display feel very sturdy, even if placed on a narrow stand, with the screen raised to the top of its range. This display has many connectivity options, and Dell continues to make it easier for everyone to find. Each connection has a very clear illustration below it, which makes it a sonchu for search and connection.
The Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP includes many connectivity options. For video calling you will find VGA, two DVIs, HDMI, DisplayPort, component and composite ports. Also included is an aspect port, four USB ports (plus one USB output port), and a media card reader for compact Flash and SD formats. This is definitely a long list of connections, but if we were greedy, we would like to see optical audio off.
Dell has a dynamic contrast ratio of 3000: 1. According to Dell, this means that blacks display darker than white when viewing dark scenes. To get this contrast ratio, the display pauses its backlight in the dark so that the blacks are very dark. It also means that if there are areas of bright light in this dark scene, the light can be a victim because the backlight does not have the power to accurately represent it.
Basically, dynamic contrast is just a marketing term, and there is no independent standard for measuring it right now, so it should not be taken into account when making a purchase decision. We felt that the display was capable of darker blacks but could be darker. The whites were as bright as any we’ve seen in the recent display.
We tested the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP through a DVI connection and got high results across the board in our DisplayMatetests, especially in sharpness and color. Most monitors have no problem displaying legible fonts at 6.8 and above, but the latches tend to get worse as the size gets smaller. Dell does not fully address this issue by keeping the fonts thin.
In our color tests, Dell performed well in primary color, smooth, even, and consistent. He must be able to accurately reflect different shades of the same color in a particular scene.
One of the problems we saw while viewing the display in Preset ModeCool was that the screen looked too blue and unnatural. For example, when we were typing Word or browsing a website with a white background, the page was not very white but very light blue. The effect was just too extreme and had to be more subtle. However, this is a minor quibble since there are six presets to choose from as well as a custom tuned mode.
Playing the DVD on the display was as good as we’ve ever seen on an amonitor. Even when viewing medium frames, eyes are very close to the screenKill Bill Vol 1, we found that the image has retained its detail. We did a little PVP while testing the displayWorld of Warcraft. It’s hard to make this game bad, and 2408WFP continues the tradition of showingWoWperfectly. The colors, details and image integrity were as good as it looks.
We noticed a small backlight running on the upper corners in the room black, but saw absolutely none in normal light.
The Dell UltraSharp 2408WPF display has shown tremendous testing, and perhaps the best picture we’ve seen of DVD playback. This monitor is a great entertainment display, be it games, DVDs, or – using a resolution of 1 920×1200 pixels – HD movies. I am sure he does not drop the score on the basics.
Additional editing by Shannon Doubleday