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REVIEW: Dell 3008WFP

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3 incl. Pickup Service, expandable on 5 years
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size: 30"
Pixel size [mm]: 0,250
Native resolution: 2.560 x 1.600
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 640 x 402 / 755
Video-In, connector: 1 x D-Sub (analog), 2 x Dual-Link DVI-D (digital), 1 x HDMI (digital), 1 x DisplayPort (digital), 1 x Component-Video (Y/Pb/Pr), 1 x S-Video und 1 x Composite-Video
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 56 – 86 analog and digital, video mode also 50 Hz
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: analog 30–94 / - and digital 30–112,5 / -
Color mode preset/user: PC-Mode 7 / 1 + Video-Mode 4
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: Yes / No
LCD display arm option: Yes
Features: 1 x D-Sub cable, 1 x Dual-Link DVI-D cable, 1 x HDMI cable, USB cable, 4-port USB 2.0 hub, 9-in-2 memory card reader, power cable, internal power supply unit, cleaning cloth, quickstart guide
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 696,6 x 482,1 - 572,1 x 237,4 (with feet)
Weight [kg]: 15,6
Compliance: TUEV/GS, TUEV/CS, VCCI, CE, PCT, MIC, UL/cUL, FCC, CCC, HG, NOM, NYCE, ENERGY STAR
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: max. 250 (standard 163) / < 2 / < 1
Test date: 2/1/2008
Rating:  
Picture stability: ++ (digital) ++ (analog)
Viewing angle dependency: ++
Contrast: +
Color space: ++
Subjective impression of image quality: ++
Shades of gray resolution: ++
Brightness allocation: +
Interpolation image quality: ++
Fabrication of case/frame, mechanics: ++
Operating, OSD: +
Suitable for occasional gamer: ++
Suitable for hardcore gamer: +
Suitable for DVD/Video: ++
Price [incl. VAT. in Euros]: 1,700,00

++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad

Introduction

The 30-inch widescreen 3008WFP is Dell’s new flagship monitor and the successor to the 3007WFP and 3007WFP-HC. Like its predecessors, the new 30-inch model also comes with a broad range of multimedia features which leaves nothing to be desired. These include two DVI-D inputs, a HDMI input and the futuristic Display-Port connection.

Other analogue video connections are also included. With its 30-inch (76 cm) screen diagonal, the Dell 3008WFP delivers an impressive image. This is enhanced by the monitor’s native resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, which provides an enormous amount of space on the desktop.

Dell is advertising the 30-inch LCD monitor as having an extended colour space (TrueColor technology), which means that the model is also of interest for graphics workers. In our in-depth test, we will establish where the monitor’s strengths and weaknesses lie and whether the Dell 3008WFP can forge new paths in the dimension of all-rounder monitors.

We tested the monitor in PC mode using a Sapphire Radeon X1950 XTX and an XFX GeForce 8800GTX. We also used a Philips DVP5980 DVD player and a Sony PlayStation 3 for our tests.

Scope of supply

The Dell 3008WFP comes with a D-Sub cable (analogue), a Dual-Link-24+1-DVI-D cable (digital), a HDMI cable (digital), an Uplink USB cable, a power cable, a cleaning cloth, a CD and a manual.

The CD contains the INF monitor driver, an ICC colour profile and a detailed user guide in HTML format. All documentation is available in various languages.

Two digital cables (DVI-D and HDMI) and an analogue cable (D-Sub) are included for connecting the monitor with the PC. Video cables must be procured separately.

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