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.
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.
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