GCN Lab Review: Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP

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The Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP is a high-quality LCD with a ton of extras. Although not as perfect as the two specialized high-end image LCDs in this review, its quality is excellent. In addition to a ton of extra inputs, the 2408WFP comes with one really nice feature: a moderate $679 price tag. Plus federal and state government agencies can get as much as a 30 percent discount off that price.

[IMGCAP(1)]The 2408WFP offers a lot, starting with the design of its stand, which slides horizontally, tilts vertically and also pivots. It's bristling with inputs, including a media card reader, a CF slot, four USB ports, component video, S-video, one USBin, an HDMI port, two DVIs and one VGA port. The 2408WFP could be the centerpiece of almost any setup.

One of the most important items for business users is text display, and the 2408WFP shined, with readable text and no errors in a variety of fonts down to a 6.8-point size.

The 2408WFP also had one of the best dark screens in the review. When you need something to display as black, that's what you get. However, this did call our attention to one minor flaw ' the 2408WFP was the only LCD in the review with a stuck pixel that constantly illuminated bright green on the screen. In the days of yore, LCD quality control methods for most companies allowed as many as four stuck pixels on the screen. Today, these have been mostly eliminated. It could just be a fluke that this monitor had a stuck pixel, and it did not affect the grading much, but we thought it should be mentioned.

When an LCD is able to display a great dark image, it typically means it's going to suffer on the other end. But that is not the case here. The 2408WFP was able to display light images on white backgrounds, even when there was only a 2 percent difference between the image and the background.

Excellent performance, a moderate price and a ton of extras help the 2408WFP earn a Reviewer's Choice.

Dell, 800-999-3355, www.dell.com/monitors

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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