Dell’s 2408WFP is the latest in the company’s line of 24-inch panels, following on the heels of the much-beloved Dell 2407WFP (reviewed September 2006). Unfortunately for Dell, improving upon its predecessor isn’t enough to push the 2408WFP above other tested displays.
Do not try to distinguish the 2408WFP from the 2407WFP. For all intents, they are the identical twins of Dell’s display world.
The Dell’s grayscale performance in DisplayMate was great, matching the range of Samsung’s 245T on the light end, although it didn’t quite match the 245T’s abilities at the darker end of the spectrum. These subtle differences became more apparent in our real-world testing, as both our gaming and movie benchmarks looked a bit darker on the 2408WFP than what we’re used to seeing. And we also had less detail in our high-res still images compared to what the 245T was able to produce.
Although it comes with a number of presets, none were able to alleviate the loss of detail we experienced without creating other issues at the same time. The unnatural, over-the-top brightness added by the display’s multimedia and gaming presets is simply unacceptable. Similarly, the 2408WFP’s 110-percent color gamut lends images far more color saturation than we’re comfortable with. Even the grayscales themselves are tinted by a mild green hue.
The 2408WFP comes with a number of connectors: HDMI, DVI, VGA, and component video, as well as a built-in USB hub and 9-in-2 media card reader. Dell also throws in a DisplayPort connector for the few people who run DP-capable videocards.
We applaud Dell’s 2408WFP for its efforts. While its saturation comes off a bit strong, we’d use this monitor on our desk without reservation—unless someone was offering us Samsung’s 245T too.
Plenty of inputs; great grayscales; huge color gamut.