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Connection crazy: Dell's new 30-inch LCD

Dell releases a new 30-inch LCD, the UltraSharp 3008WFP

Following on the heels of yesterday's Crystal LCD release, Dell is at it again today with a new 30-inch LCD monitor, the UltraSharp 3008WFP. Compared to last year's 3007WFP model, which we liked, the 3008WFP features a new look and loads more connections. The image here doesn't do it justice, but the 3008WFP has a brushed aluminum housing that sits atop a glossy, flat base (say goodbye to the Flying V stand of last year's model). And the cantilever arm allows for more flexible positioning.

Our biggest complaint with last year's model was the limited number of video connections, which seemed odd given its size and obvious entertainment appeal. The 3008WFP boasts the standard dual DVI ports and an analog VGA port, but it also serves up HDMI and component connections, plus a DisplayPort connection. (You should begin seeing DisplayPort graphics cards in a month or two.) There are even composite and S-Video ports, should you need to connect older devices. Rounding out the connection goodness are four USB ports and a media card reader. It features the same 2,560x1,600 native resolution of last year's model and an impressive 3000:1 contrast ratio.

Priced at $1,999, the UltraSharp 3008WFP isn't a cheap date, but it is $200 cheaper than the 3007WFP when it debuted last year.