Features and Specifications

As a brief overview of some of the display features and specifications, we again refer back to our earlier Gateway FPD2485W review. How important the individual specifications are is up for debate, and what matters to one person may not matter at all to someone else. We will cover that aspect of the displays in a moment, but first here are the manufacturer specifications.

Dell 2407WFP Specifications
Video Inputs Analog (VGA)
Digital (DVI with HDCP support)
Component
Composite
S-Video
Panel Type LCD Active Matrix TFT S-PVA
Pixel Pitch 0.270mm
Colors 16.7 million
Brightness 450 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Response Time 16ms TrTf
6ms (GTG)
Viewable Size 24" diagonal
Resolution 1920x1200
Viewing Angle 178 vertical/horizontal
Power Consumption 57W typical
110W max
Power Savings 2W
Power Supply Built-in
Screen Treatment Antiglare with hard-coating 3H
Height-Adjustable Yes
Tilt Yes
Rotation Yes
Auto-Rotation Yes
Swivel Yes
VESA Wall Mounting 100mmx100mm
Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD) 22.04"x15.27"x7.68" (lowered)
22.04"x23.02"x7.68" (raised)
Weight w/ Stand 18.3 lbs
Dimensions w/o Base (WxHxD) 22.04"x14.35"x3.25"
Weight w/o Stand 14.3 lbs
Additional Features (4) USB 2.0 (USB connection to PC required)
9-in-2 flash reader (CF/SD/MS/SM/MMC)
Audio Optional Full-length Speaker Bar
(Integrated power connection to main panel)
Limited Warranty 3 year parts/labor warranty standard
4 and 5 year warranty optional
Advanced Exchange policy
Pixel Defect Policy 6 or more total stuck pixels
3 or more clustered (one inch circle)

Dell 3007WFP Specifications
Video Inputs DVI-D Dual-Link HDCP
Compatible with Single-Link DVI for 1280x800 with HDCP
Panel Type LCD Active Matrix TFT S-IPS
Pixel Pitch 0.250mm
Colors 16.7 million
Brightness 400 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 700:1
Response Time 14ms TrTf
11ms (GTG)
Viewable Size 30" diagonal
Resolution 2560x1600
Viewing Angle 178 vertical/horizontal
Power Consumption 147W typical
177W max
Power Savings 3W
Power Supply Built-in
Screen Treatment Antiglare with hard-coating 3H
Height-Adjustable Yes
Tilt Yes
Rotation No
Auto-Rotation N/A
Swivel Yes
VESA Wall Mounting 100mmx100mm
Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD) 27.16"x18.49"x7.87" (lowered)
27.16"x22.00"x7.87" (raised)
Weight w/ Stand 35 lbs
Dimensions w/o Base (WxHxD) 27.16"x17.70"x2.93"
Weight w/o Stand 25 lbs
Additional Features (4) USB 2.0 (USB connection to PC required)
9-in-2 flash reader (CF/SD/MS/SM/MMC)
Audio Optional Full-length Speaker Bar
(Integrated power connection to main panel)
Limited Warranty 3 year parts/labor warranty standard
4 and 5 year warranty optional
Advanced Exchange policy
Pixel Defect Policy 6 or more total stuck pixels
3 or more clustered (one inch circle)

Many of the specifications are nearly identical, which isn't too surprising given that both of the displays are made by the same company. The major difference of course is that the 3007WFP is larger; the viewable diagonal is 25% greater which works out to 56% more screen area. The 3007WFP also comes with a higher resolution (2560x1600 compared to 1920x1200), which means it has 77% more pixels. That also means the individual pixel dot pitch is going to be slightly smaller on the 3007WFP, resulting in a generally clearer picture.

The larger size of the 3007WFP doesn't come without drawbacks, unfortunately. First, bigger isn't always better, and there are definitely people out there that feel a 30" LCD is going to be too big sitting on their desk. Perhaps a bigger drawback is that the 3007WFP is extremely limited when it comes to video inputs: you get a single DVI-D connection and that's it! The DVI port is designed for use with dual-link the DVI devices, as dual-link is necessary in order to support the native 2560x1600 resolution. Single-link DVI support is also available, but while single-link DVI is technically capable of supporting a 1920x1200 resolution the 3007WFP only supports a maximum 1280x800 resolution when using single-link DVI.

That brings us to perhaps the biggest flaw of the 3007WFP: HDCP support. While the LCD does include HDCP support, HDCP was unfortunately not created to work with dual-link DVI. If you want to use the 3007WFP to view HDCP protected content, you may find yourself forced to use a single-link DVI connection, which means you would only be able to run the display at one fourth of its native resolution. That's a pretty serious flaw, at least for those users who are interested in HDCP content. Considering the price, anyone interested in a large HTPC setup would probably be better served by a 37" or 42" 1080p HDTV -- not something you would really want sitting on top of a desk, but great for viewing movies.

The 2407WFP also features HDCP support, but the lower native resolution and use of single-link DVI avoid most of the problems associated with its larger sibling. The 24" display also includes far more connection options: DVI, VGA, S-Video, component, and composite inputs are all present. In terms of features, the only difference between the new 2407WFP and the older 2405FPW is the inclusion of HDCP support. Specifications on the 2407WFP are also somewhat improved and the appearance has been changed slightly, but otherwise there's not a huge difference between the old and new 24" Dell LCDs.

One of the good things about Dell's high-end LCDs is that they all come with a standard three-year warranty, including Dell's Advanced Exchange service. If at any point it becomes necessary for Dell to replace your LCD during the warranty period, they will ship out the replacement monitor to you. You can then unpack the new monitor, place your old monitor into the same box, and ship it back to Dell. For a moderate fee you can also extend your warranty to four or five years. The pixel defect policy is also pretty reasonable, as we were informed by a support technician that they will replace an LCD if you have six or more dead pixels or three or more clustered together.

Index Dell 2407WFP: Appearance and Design
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  • nilepez - Monday, March 05, 2007 - link

    It may be too big, but if you have a good 21" monitor, the 24" monitor isn't necessarilly providing more real estate. I've got an old Sony e540, and I use it at 1920x1440 @85hz. The desktop isn't much larger than a 24", but it is larger (and it could go higher, albeit at refresh rates too low for my eyes). For people who work with photos, AFAIK, the color space of LCDs is much smaller than a CRT (some Eizo displays not withstanding). Reply
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - link

    I can't handle anything more than 1600x1200 on 21/22" CRTs - remember, the viewable area is actually 20", the same as a 20" LCD which runs 1600x1200. Obviously, others disagree and I won't pretend to have great eye sight, so 1920x1200 with a larger surface area definitely gets my vote. Or 2560x1600 with an enormous surface area. :) Reply
  • timbotim - Monday, March 05, 2007 - link

    Noooo! There is nothing wrong with a 100" display. LCD makers need to start making them now, (actually I think there are already some about this size but the resolution is wack) 7680x4800 (=WHUXGA) - sounds fine to me! Reply
  • strikeback03 - Monday, March 05, 2007 - link

    Building a viewing room and buying a good projector is probably less expensive. Reply
  • Xenoid - Monday, March 05, 2007 - link

    I am very familiar with most aspects of computers but I do not understand anything about new monitors or TVs. I've tried searching online but I can't find something simple to read that covers everything I could possibly want to know. Differences exactly between monitors, resolutions, comparisons to using a 1080p TV, etc. Maybe I'm just really dumb but I guess you can't learn without asking the dumb questions. Reply
  • timbotim - Monday, March 05, 2007 - link

    This is as good a place to start as any...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Display_resolution">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Display_resolution
    Reply
  • Sooung - Sunday, March 04, 2007 - link

    The 3007WFP does have an OSD, its just software based and has to be downloaded.
    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download...">http://support.dell.com/support/downloa...nt=1&...
    Reply
  • Sooung - Monday, March 05, 2007 - link

    Screen shot here:
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/3007...">http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/s...3007WFP/...
    Reply
  • Renoir - Sunday, March 04, 2007 - link

    Could you confirm that the 30incher has a built in scaler that is responsible for scaling up HDCP content (1280x800 via single link DVI) to the panel's native res? The reason I ask is because I've seen some confusing info on HDCP content on 30inch monitor's. For example this discussion http://discuss.extremetech.com/forums/1/1004359647...">of the HP LP3065 30inch LCDbrings up some conflicting info. It's mentioned that HP told the editor the display supports HDCP over dual-link dvi but another post says even if the monitor supports it no current graphics cards do. My problem with that was how would the HP monitor display single link HDCP content given that it doesn't have a scaler. Perhaps you could shed some light on the situation? Reply
  • JarredWalton - Sunday, March 04, 2007 - link

    Unfortunately, I don't have a Blu-ray or HD-DVD drive at present, so I can't test HDCP. However, if you connect a single-link DVI cable you will end up with 1280x800 resolution, and I can definitely say that the monitor scales 1280x800 to fill the entire display. I see no reason why it wouldn't scale HDCP content. AFAIK all LCDs have built-in scalers; some of them simply have a way to disable it in the OSD. Reply

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