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Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP (First Look Review)

16 Jul, 2007 By: Ron LaFon


Dell seems to have a knack for producing interesting and high-quality displays that manage to keep them at the forefront of technology, and the Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP is no exception. A 27" high-gamut, flat-panel display with a native resolution of 1920x1200, the Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP is truly an amazing monitor.

Based on a 27" wide-aspect-ratio panel, the Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP monitor has a typical contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a typical brightness rating of 400 cd/m2. The pixel pitch for the display is 0.303 mm. The display offers automatic horizontal scan frequencies of 30-81 kHz and automatic vertical scan

Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP Monitor
Pros: Fast response time, hi-gamut color, large and beautiful display
Cons: None significant
Price: $1,199

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800-WWW-DELL

frequencies of 56-76 Hz -- with the exceptions at resolutions of 1680x1200 and 1920x1200, which are 60 Hz only. The 2707WFP offers picture-in-picture capabilities. Response times are a speedy 6 ms gray-to-gray and 16 ms black-to-white. Viewing angles of +/- 89 degrees apply both horizontally and vertically.

The display quality of the Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP is remarkable. The TrueColor technology with 92% color gamut delivers a displayed image that can only be described as vibrant. We tested the display using Microsoft Windows XP and Vista and found it to be exceptionally good; The display capabilities of Vista especially are shown to great advantage with the 2707WFP.

With its high-quality display, speedy response times, connectivity options, and high-gamut color, this display will prove very useful for applications such as CAD and engineering, digital content creation, video and photo editing, desktop publishing and, for those who are so inclined, gaming.

Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP
The Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP is a 27" flat-panel, high-gamut widescreen LCD monitor that offers fast response time and supports resolution as high as 1920x1200.

A great monitor can be spoiled by a poorly designed stand, but the stand for the Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP is not only clean in appearance but also a stable base for the large panel sitting atop it -- no small feat for a panel this large. A detachable cover on the stand hides cable guides to keep down the clutter on the desktop. The stand adjusts through 90 mm up and down, swivels 40 degrees left and right, and tilts 3 degrees backward and 21 degrees forward. You can remove the stand if you prefer to wall- or arm-mount the display. A VESA standard 100-mm wall-mount bracket is available separately.

Connectivity options include a DVI connector that is high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) capable and includes the appropriate cable. On the side of the display is an integrated 9-in-1 card reader for fast, easy access to memory cards, as well as four USB 2.x connectors. Also integrated are S-video, analog (d-Sub), and composite connectors and a Kensington security port. An optional Dell 10 W AS501 multimedia soundbar can be easily attached to add sound.

The 2707WFP weighs 27.5 lb on its own and 35.28 lb with the stand. It measures 20.97" (extended/portrait) or 17.39" (compressed/landscape) x 24.96" x 9.57" (HxWxD) including the stand. Power consumption is less than 2 W in Active Off mode and less than 1 W when actually switched off.

The Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP is priced at $1,199. Dell periodically offers special pricing for many of its monitors, including discounts if purchased with a Dell system, so check the company's Web site for current information.

Warranty coverage is three years with one year of Dell's Advance Exchange, and extended warranty coverage options, including additional coverage for Advance Exchange, are available for a fee. If you should have a problem with your LCD display that can't be resolved over the telephone, Dell's Advanced Exchange coverage means the company will ship you a replacement unit the next business day. Just unpack and hook up your replacement display and ship back the defective unit.

The Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP monitor is impressive and moderately priced and comes with good warranty coverage. My only disappointment was having to return it to Dell after the review. It easily earns Cadalyst's Highly Recommended rating. Highly Recommended


About the Author: Ron LaFon


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