REVIEW: Dell 3008WFP Part 7
Here, different settings are displayed together (see picture below). One special function is the LCD conditioning which eliminates ghosting, also known as "Memory Effect".
In this menu, the Splitscreen mode (PBP) can be activated and deactivated. The main signal source here (left half of the image) is one of the D-Sub input (VGA), DisplayPort or Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) inputs. The lesser signal source (right half of image) can be one of the following: DVI-D-1, DVI-D-2 HDMI, Composite Video or S-Video.
Here, the user can activate and deactivate Splitscreen mode and can choose the lesser input signal.
The menu of the Dell 3008WFP is very comprehensively constructed and nicely designed. In addition, the screen menu offers a wide range of setting options. Unfortunately, many button pushes and sometimes complicated navigation through the menus are required in order to make use of the OSD.
The buttons themselves give good tactile feedback. The bright symbols above the black buttons also mean that the functions can still be recognised easily even in poor lighting conditions. Because of the complicated usage, the Dell 3008WFP misses out on a rating of very good for controls.
The Dell 3008WFP contains an S-IPS-Panel of the latest generation (G5) from LG.Philips LCD and boasts an extended colour space which Dell has dubbed "TrueColor Technology". According to the advertisement, the 30-inch model covers the AdobeRGB colour space.
The monitor can resolve 8 bit pro RGB colour, which translates as 16.7 million reproducible colours. The monitor does not have an LUT (Look-Up Table). This means that the settings that do not correspond to the standard setting have a negative effect on the reproducible space because colours are discarded where applicable.
In practice, the Dell 3008WFP does not demonstrate any stripes in linear and radial colour gradients. The same is true for fine linear and radial grey gradients. The subjective image impression is very good.
According to the data sheet, the maximum brightness of the monitor is 370 cd/m². When we measured its brightness, the Dell 3008WFP achieved a maximum brightness value of 304 cd/m²with deactivated dynamic contrast at a brightness setting of 100 percent. With dynamic contrast – here, the brightness can no longer be adjusted manually – the screen achieves a maximum brightness of 386 cd/m² and therefore lives up to the specification.
Dell is advertising a maximum contrast of 1000:1 and a maximum dynamic contrast of 3000:1 for the 3008WFP. However, the dynamic contrast value is only achieved for a screen change of a white to a black image for example. The best static contrast value we measured was 846:1 and the highest dynamic contrast was 1650:1. The latter could theoretically be considerably higher if conditions were ideal and a black-white change was in progress, for example.
The actual contrast generally depends on the setting of an LCD monitor. The values provided by the manufacturer are only the absolute maximum with ideal configuration and test conditions which are normally not to be attained in practice.
Illumination of our test model with completely white display in a darkened room: brightness 75 % and contrast 50 % (factory settings).
In terms of illumination, our test model demonstrates slight lightening at the edges, but this is only visible in practice if the room is darkened and a completely black image is displayed. Under normal circumstances, the lighter parts in the edges are not visible.
Illumination of our test model with completely black display in a darkened room: brightness 75 % and contrast 50 % (factory settings).
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