Dell 3008WFP review: Dell 3008WFP

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The Good Includes possibly every video input, ever. Allows non-dual link video sources. Perfect for those who need high resolutions.

The Bad Will need a monster graphics card to drive games at the native resolution. The sheer size means viewing angles might cause issues. Sound passthrough only on HDMI.

The Bottom Line With a crazy number of inputs, 1080p over component and good rendering of 1080i, this monitor has set itself up as a potential TV replacement.

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8.9 Overall

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Update: Dell has sent us updated information detailing that the 3008WFP uses an S-IPS panel, not an S-PVA as previously advised

The monstrous Dell 30-inch screen has a successor -- the 3008WFP. Listening to complaints from consumers about the lack of video inputs in its predecessor, Dell has responded with a resounding "we hear you" and has gone ludicrously overboard -- and we love it.

Taking on the aesthetics of its smaller 27-inch sibling, this imposing screen has a dark aluminium bezel surrounding the panel, while the screen itself is attached to a piano black and silver stand, all in one piece.

While we prefer the ruggedness of the old 3007WFP's height adjustment, the new mechanism works just fine, as well as offering the required tilt and swivel control. The front section of the neck can be pulled away, cables threaded and then cover replaced for discreet cable management.

The 3008WFP is built on an S-IPS panel and uses a WCCFL backlight, claiming to be able to show 117 percent of the NTSC colour gamut, theoretically allowing for greater distinction between colour tones and providing better colour accuracy. Colour calibration should also be made a little easier thanks to the sRGB and Adobe RGB presets included. The PC/Mac Gamma and RGB/YPbPr input modes make a return from the previous model, however this monitor has a few new tricks up its sleeve.

The first major point is the single biggest change between revisions -- the 3008WFP has ever so slightly trumped its predecessor's single DVI port by including two DVI ports, one HDMI, Composite, S-Video, VGA, and even DisplayPort. DisplayPort is lining itself up to be the successor to VGA/DVI, and Dell expects this to be mainstream by 2009 -- so the screen is future-proofed nicely.

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