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September 16, 2009

Dell UltraSharp 2408WPF LCD Review

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by Franz Bicar

If you’re looking for a 24-inch cinema display, then look no further. The Dell UltraSharp 2408WPF is arguably the best in this category. Tests show that the 2408WPF delivers quite possibly the best image for DVD playbacks.

As for its design, the 2408WPF is pretty basic. It has a thin bezel around the edge of the screen with the Dell logo along the bottom. It comes in with the usual setting options like brightness, contrast, color, and so on. There are six included preset modes for activities such as playing games, watching movies, and graphics work that affect color temperature, contrast, and brightness.

The back actually looks more beautiful than the front. You can see the silver enclosure which runs along the foot and neck of the stand with a large silver Dell logo at the top. The screen rotates 45 degrees to the left and right, and about 30 degrees back. Dell did a very good job in positioning the displays connection panel. Each connection has a very clear illustration beneath it that makes it a breeze to find and connect.

As mentioned, the 2408WPF is probably one of the best monitors in this category. The display comes in with an abundance of connection options. For video connections, it has a VGA, two DVI, an HDMI, a DisplayPort, component, and composite ports. There’s also a speaker port, four USB ports (plus one upstream USB port), and a media card reader for Compact Flash and SD formats. Dell made sure that users won’t have to look for anything else with this monitor.

The Dell has a Dynamic Contrast of 3000:1. This means that the blacks the display outputs are three times darker than the whites are when viewing dark scenes. To get that kind of contrast ratio the display powers down its backlight in dark scenes, so that the blacks are very dark. This also means that if the dark scene in question contains areas of bright light, the light may be sacrificed as the backlight does not have the power to represent it accurately.

As for performance, there’s not much you can ask for. The display excels particularly in sharpness and color.


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