Dell 2707WFP review: Dell 2707WFP

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.4
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 8.0
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The Good Elegant design; practical size; excellent geometry, brightness, and contrast; four USB 2.0 ports; memory card slots.

The Bad Expensive; uniformity, ghosting, and color-tracking artifacts that would matter less if the display were cheaper; no HDMI interface; lacks some important settings; generates a lot of heat.

The Bottom Line The Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP is expensive and not quite up to the task for professional imaging, but its elegant design, big screen, and copious extras will appeal to those with a big budget.

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Everyone has their own idea of the perfect display size, determined by some mystical combination of applications used, available desk space, viewing distance, and resolution, tempered by a degree of techie feng shui and a hearty dose of budgetary reality. Remove my budget issues from the equation--it's much less than the $1,400 list price Dell commands for the UltraSharp 2707WFP--and I'd have to say that 27 inches is my new Goldilocks point. Anything smaller is too small, and the 30 inchers are too big: the 16-inch-high screen on the 2707WFP perfectly complements the adjoining Sony Artisan CRT on my desk. If I didn't need exceptionally accurate color, the 2707WFP might even suffice by itself--it's large enough to view two letter-size facing pages at actual size, a dizzying number of Adobe Lightroom image thumbnails, and twice as many rows and columns in Excel or Access as are visible on the CRT--not to mention providing enough space to make Outlook's right-hand preview pane layout practical.

Design
As you'd expect, the 2707WFP is pretty easy to set up. The solid glass base provides an unshakable ballast, and perhaps more important, spilled orange juice comes right off with a little Windex. You can quickly route all cables through the neck, thanks to a slide-off plastic cover. The two USB ports in the back are nice for routing the cables of more permanently attached devices, while the side ports can be used for quick hookups to USB flash drives and such.


Despite the standard black-and-silver color scheme, the 2707WFP presents an elegant-yet-high-tech silhouette with a smoothly operating armature that rivals anything Apple's done with the Cinema Display (left). Slots for flash cards--CompactFlash, SD/MMC, Memory Stick, and SmartMedia--plus two of the four USB ports add a slight bulge to the side of the display (right).


Some sort of cover for the cable connectors and bar codes would have been nice, and I could really live without the Dell logo.


The ports are well labeled and tucked away in a recessed area of the 2707WFP's back, but it can be surprisingly difficult to attach screw-in DVI and VGA connectors, since the display won't tilt forward or backward sufficiently to give you room to maneuver.


Controls for the input source, picture-in-picture, onscreen menu, brightness, contrast, and autoconfigure sit unobtrusively at the bottom of the 2707WFP's front bezel.

Manufacturer's specs and features

  • Resolution: 1,920x1,200 pixels
  • 92 percent NTSC color gamut
  • Dot pitch: 0.303mm
  • Pixel-response rate: 6ms (gray to gray), 16ms (black to white)
  • Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
  • Viewing angle: +/- 89 degrees vertical, +/- 89 degrees horizontal
  • Connectivity: One each single-link DVI-D, VGA, component, S-Video and composite; one upstream, four downstream USB 2.0 ports
  • Other features: HDCP compliant; CompactFlash SD/MMC, Memory Stick, and SmartMedia card slots; picture-in-picture display

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jan. 9, 2007
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 27 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.303 mm
  • EPEAT Logo Silver
  • Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:10