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REVIEW: Dell 3008WFP Part 14

The interpolated image quality of the Dell 3008WFP is absolutely excellent. Loss of sharpness and detail is extremely low - even at a resolution of 1.024 x 768. Here, we should not forget that the native resolution is 2.560 x 1.600, which corresponds to more than five times as many pixels. Of course, the fine pixel size of 0.250 mm also contributes to the monitor’s outstanding interpolation quality.

Another plus is the interpolation behaviour, which can be maintained in the OSD on the Dell 3008WFP. Here, too, the monitor does not fall down; the interpolation method works smoothly in all settings (Full screen, justified and 1:1). Therefore, we award the monitor a ‘very good’ with an asterisk. It is hardly possible to get any better than this.

Because of its first class interpolation, the Dell 3008WFP is suitable for users with impaired vision. This user group in particular does not work in the native resolution for the purpose of larger image display and can therefore profit from the monitor’s perfect interpolation.

DVD and Video

The Dell 3008WFP has a wide range of signal inputs for multimedia, e.g. games consoles or DVD- players: D-Sub, 2 x Dual-Link DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI, Component Video, S-Video and Composite Video.

For our tests in the area of Video and DVD, we used the well-known software players "CyberLink PowerDVD", "InterVideo WinDVD" and "Microsoft Media Player". As an external player, we used the Philips DVP5980 DVD player and the Sony PlayStation 3.

Scene from the film "Star Wars: Episode II" (2.35:1 Cinemascope format), played on PlayStation 3 via HDMI in PAL standard.

Scene from the film "Star Wars: Episode II" (2.35:1 Cinemascope format), played on Philips DVP5980 DVD player via Component video in PAL standard.

When films are being played via the PC, it is not just the quality of the film material that is important, but also the player software used. Settings such as hardware encryption also have a decisive influence on the playback quality.

The native resolution of the Dell 3008WFP is considerably higher than the maximum HDTV resolution 1080p (1.920 x 1.080 full screen). This means that even with HD material, the user can choose between 1:1 playback or justified scaling (interpolation). Although full screen is also a choice, who wants to watch a film when it is distorted?

Scene from the film "Matrix Reloaded" (2.35:1 Cinemascope format), played on PC via DVI-D.

Scene from the anime "PLANETES" (16:9 format), played on PlayStation 3 via HDMI in PAL standard.

The outstanding image quality and widescreen format of the Dell 3008WFP naturally come to the fore when films and videos are being played back. Since most films and videos are available in widescreen format, the black bands at the top and bottom look considerably narrower than on monitors with conventional page formats.

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