The Good New menu system is leagues ahead of the 07 and 08 series. Great blacks. Mass of video inputs. Audio out for HDMI.
The Bad Can be easy to accidentally turn off due to touch sensitive buttons. Zoom function only magnifies the centre, can't be repositioned. Standard preset is too saturated, sRGB too undersaturated. Left and right sides at the extremes are a bit dark. Noticeable input lag.
The Bottom Line While hardcore PC gamers might want to stay clear, and colour professionals may have to wrestle a little with calibration to get the most out of it, the 2709W is likely to please your average user to no end who wants a big screen with a decent resolution.
Dell's previous 27-inch screen, the 2707WFP, was designed as a larger version of the 24-inch alternative — it featured the same resolution of 1,920x1,200, a bigger screen, and hence bigger dot pitch — meaning things were just a little bit larger, a boon for those with diminishing vision. The 2709W follows the same trend, with a few new features to boot.
The 2709W sits on a black square base and has a silver neck, with swivel, tilt and height adjustments available. The height adjustment mechanism has been inherited from the 3007WFP's rack and pinion design, rather than the lever system found on the 2707WFP and — and while it's a step up, it isn't as smooth as it could be (especially from the top position). Regardless, the base is heavy enough and you should be able to find optimal positioning with little worry. Instead of the brushed aluminium look of the previous 2707WFP, the 2709 opts for the tried and true matte black, with a silver trim around the edges.
Our first worry was the seeming lack of buttons, remembering the limitations of the 3007WFP — however, this was quickly blasted out of our brains by the monitor making a horrible elongated beep when turned on, as if there was an error.
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