I have to share my disappointmet with the the Dell 3008 test results in the area of Video and DVD.
Please look at this: "Scene from the Blu-ray film "300" (2.35:1 Cinemascope- format), played on PlayStation 3 via HDMI."
The movie is 2.35:1 but what the Dell 3008 shows is NOT 2.35:1 !
Compare with this: "Scene from the film "Matrix Reloaded" (2.35:1 Cinemascope format), played on PC via DVI-D."
See attachment #1 for comparison.
Obviously Blue-ray image is either cut from the sides or stretched vertically.
In both cases this NOT Full HD (1080p).
I know pretty well that this is a typical problem for many so-called Full HD monitors which in fact are cheap displays with poor scaling ability.
Now I am looking at the Dell 3008 closely to find out if in this case we have a true all-around multimedia monitor (for the first time from this brand!)
How much is missing? Let's scale the undistorted image from PC up to the height of another distorted image (Scene from the film "Star Wars: Episode II" (2.35:1 Cinemascope format), played on PlayStation 3 via HDMI in PAL standard.)
I do not know how the reviewers could miss this fact.
See attachment #2.
Then the review says:"Film playback with 24p (24 Hz = 24 frames/second) is unfortunately not supported by the Dell 3008WFP."
How bad is this? The review calls this just "icing on the cake ".
Wait a minute, please. Icing on the cake??
I came across this Dell's problem when tried to play 1080p HD-DVD on the Dell 2707. Multiformat HD player LG played 1080p at 24Hz. The Dell 2707 showed nothing. At the same time a reference monitor next to it showed 1080p at 24Hz without any problem.
See attachment #3.
So, if somebody is planning to buy the Dell 3008 he will have to buy another HD player just because this "perfect all-round multimedia monitor" cannot play regular 1080p 24fps?
Is it just "icing on the cake"?
In my strong opinion this is not just "icing on the cake". This is what "perfect all-round multimedia monitor" MUST do. It it does not - it fails.
Let's put everything together.
Based on the pictures provided in the review:
1. The Dell 3008 does distort 1080p and regular DVD images from a stand alone device via any input including HDMI.
2. The Dell 3008 does not support 1080p at 24fps at all.
If both is true (looks like it is!) there is literally NO Full HD on this monitor at all.
This is absolutely unacceptable for a brand new "flagship" "all-round multimedia monitor" with an astronomical price.
Isn't $2000 enough to get an "all-round multimedia monitor" without technical limitations typical for cheap models?
Has the Dell passed DVD and Video Test?
Can anybody say "Yes"? I don't think so.
The only question left.
It looks like the distorted videos provided when played in the full screen mode (with interpolation).
So there is a little space for the hope that video is not distorted in 1:1 playback. How can we know that?
If 1:1 playback loks the same (cut or in any other way distorted) as the Full screen one - this monitor cannot be considered as all-round multimedia monitor.
In this case the final mark "very good" has to be changed to "good" at most.