Dell 2407WFP

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Dell’s 2405WFP graced the ranks of last year’s Dream Machine, so it’s only natural that we consider its successor—the 24-inch 2407WFP. Like last year’s model, the 2407 sports a slim bezel, a full range of ergonomic adjustment options, loads of inputs (see Spec box), Picture-in-Picture functionality, and two built-in media readers to handle all formats. It also boasts new, hipper onscreen-display buttons and a revamped interface.Dell’s 2405WFP graced the ranks of last year’s Dream Machine, so it’s only natural that we consider its successor—the 24-inch 2407WFP.

Like last year’s model, the 2407 sports a slim bezel, a full range of ergonomic adjustment options, loads of inputs (see Spec box), Picture-in-Picture functionality, and two built-in media readers to handle all formats. It also boasts new, hipper onscreen-display buttons and a revamped interface.

In the DisplayMate screen evaluation scripts, the 2407 demonstrated a deep black; a uniform backlight; and strong, though not perfect, grayscale performance. When tasked with reproducing 85 or more steps of gray, we detected subtle differences in hue among the steps, which suggests that the red, green, and blue color channels aren’t tracking identically at fine increments of shade. We also saw banding in the horizontal grayscales of 128 or more steps, though the vertical scales were perfectly smooth throughout.

Such slight imperfections won’t necessarily show themselves in real-world apps. We looked for any signs of color or detail discrepancies in a series of high-res digital images and a predominantly dark DVD (Batman Begins), and found none. In games, Dell’s 2407 also held its own, with a picture that was virtually free of redraw errors at its native resolution. All in all, it’s a heck of a package—and at a rock-bottom price.

Month Reviewed: September 2006

+ POISE: Strong all-around performance; lots of inputs; excellent price.

- POISON: Some grayscale issues keep it from being perfect.

VERDICT: 9
kickass=yes

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