Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP review: Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP

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Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP Average watts per hour
On (Default Luminance) 69.3
On (Max Luminance) 107.33
On (Min Luminance) 49.7
Sleep 1.56
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 62.1
Score Poor
Annual energy cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $21.75

DisplayMate tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
90 

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
452 

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Gateway FHD2400
1047:1 
Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
891:1 

The Dell had no problem on our Intensity Color Ramp test, which measures a display's capability to render gradations of primary colors smoothly, uniformly, and consistently. The fact that the display did well in this test indicates that it will be able to display accurately different shades of the same color in a given scene.

One problem we did see was when viewing the display on the Preset Mode Cool was that the screen looked too blue and unnatural. For example, when we typed in Word or viewed a Web site with a white background, the page was not white, but very light blue. The effect was just too extreme should have been more subtle. This is a minor quibble, however, as there are six presets to choose from as well as a user customizable mode.

DVD playback on the display was as good as we've ever seen on a monitor. Even when viewing medium shots with our eyes inches from the screen in Kill Bill Vol.1, we found the image retained its detail. We had a little PVP action while testing the display with World of Warcraft. It's hard to make this game look bad, and the 2408WFP continues the tradition of displaying WoW excellently. The colors, detail, and image integrity were as good as it gets.

We noticed a little backlight bleedthrough on the top corners in a pitch-black testing room, but saw absolutely none in normal room lighting.

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Service and support
The $599 price includes a three-year limited warranty that covers defects in the display and its peripherals. This also includes a 24-7 toll-free phone technical support as well as technical support through live Web chat. We could not find the drivers for this display on Dell's site. Under the support/drivers area on their Web site, this display was not listed at the time this review was written.

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Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP

Part Number: 2408WFP Released: Apr. 15, 2008
MSRP: $549.00 Low Price: $433.11 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Apr. 15, 2008
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 24 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.27 mm
  • EPEAT Logo Silver
  • Image Contrast Ratio 3000:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:10
About The Author

Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.