Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP monitor

Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP has many things to recommend it: excellent image quality, a large array of video ports; picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture options; USB hub and HDCP. Throw in a great price and what you have is an option that is very hard to resist in its own class.

This 24-inch option is the latest entry in the Dell range of Ultra Sharp line of monitors. Like the others in this range, this model comes in the trademark black and silver color scheme. It tilts 20 degrees to the front, 5 degrees back, can swivel 45 degrees on either side and what’s more, you can pivot it to either portrait or landscape mode. The panel can also be raised by about 4 inches.

All these adjustments are simple to make, though the base tends to wobble slightly during swivelling or pivoting. The inputs, though on the back of the monitor, are easy to access. The inputs include: One upstream and two downstream USB 2.0 ports; DVI-D and VGA (analog) signal inputs; a 12-volt audio jack; and S-Video port for connecting a VCR or DVD player. Besdies this, the left side of the monitor has two more USB 2.0 ports, and a 9-in-2 media card reader. The cable management though is a bit sparse.

The 2407WFP's onscreen menu is set along the monitor's bottom bezel. Each option has its own submenu. You need to navigate through each submenu to select settings. Since there is no dedicated exit button it is difficult to make your way through the submenus. The menu allows you to modify the usual settings.

Additionally it offers three preset image modes for Desktop, Multimedia, and Gaming use. There is a dedicated button on the monitor's control panel that launches picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture functions, and another dedicated button that lets you switch between inputs.

This model has a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 and a 6 millisecond response time. The DVD images are sharp and clear, with vivid colors. The same goes for gaming, through there is minimal streaking and ghosting. The 2407WFP is HDCP-equipped; when connected to an HDTV signal, the picture is clear and vivid from a normal viewing distance but you can expect sound infidelity.

At $949 this monitor is miles ahead of its competitors like Philips Brilliance 230WP7 and Samsung SyncMaster 244T. In fact, in this category, the Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP is probably the best buy.

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