Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP review: Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 8.0
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The Good Excellent image quality; full array of video ports; picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture options; USB hub; HDCP.

The Bad Slightly wobbly base; onscreen menu is tricky to navigate.

The Bottom Line Dell's 24-inch wide-screen LCD delivers excellent image quality and a ton of connectivity options, including video inputs and picture-in-picture settings. Add in a great price, and the Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP is the best value in its class.

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The Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP, a 24-inch wide-screen LCD, is another solid entry into Dell's updated UltraSharp monitor line. This $949 monitor boasts plentiful features and connections, excellent image quality, and all the adjustability we could ask for in a monitor of this size. The Philips Brilliance 230WP7 and the Samsung SyncMaster 244T come close to the Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP's performance, but they both cost hundreds more and don't come close to matching the Dell's connectivity options or overall bang for the buck.

The Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP's design follows that of the other UltraSharp monitors, including its simple black-and-silver color scheme. You can pivot this display between landscape and portrait modes, tilt the panel about 20 degrees forward and 5 back, swivel it 45 degrees left and right, and raise the panel about 4 inches. All adjustments are easy to make, though when you're pivoting or swiveling the monitor, the base tends to wobble slightly. The display's inputs, located on the back of the monitor, are easy to access, especially when the monitor is in its portrait position. Inputs include one upstream and two downstream USB 2.0 ports, DVI-D and VGA (analog) signal inputs, a 12-volt audio jack for connecting an optional Dell Sound Bar speaker, plus composite, component, and S-Video ports for connecting a VCR or DVD player. Along the left side of the monitor are two more USB 2.0 ports, and a 9-in-2 media card reader. Like its UltraSharp siblings, the 2407WFP's cable management is a bit sparse: the display's slender neck has only a simple rectangular cutout through which to thread the cords.

The 2407WFP's onscreen menu (OSM) has the same horizontal configuration we saw on the Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP. The menu is set along the monitor's bottom bezel, and each adjustability option has its own submenu; you must navigate through each submenu to select settings. There's no dedicated exit button, however, which makes it difficult to make your way through the submenus. The menu lets you adjust the usual settings, including brightness, color temperature, and sharpness, and it offers three preset image modes for Desktop, Multimedia, and Gaming use. A dedicated button on the monitor's control panel launches picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture functions, and another dedicated button lets you switch between inputs.

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Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP

Part Number: CC302 Released: May. 31, 2006
Low Price: $792.97 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date May. 31, 2006
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 24 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.27 mm
  • EPEAT Logo Silver
  • Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:10
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