Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP review:

Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP

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Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP

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Gateway FHD2400
Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP

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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