In the market for a big widescreen monitor, but find 24″ too small and 30″ too big? Dell has you covered with their 27″ 2707WFP. Like their 2407WFP, this monitor offers 1920×1200 with a 6ms GTG and has a brushed aluminum look that’s unique to their entire lineup.
Before I finished testing the monitor, I wanted to experiment with two specific features, Component connections and PIP. To test Component video, I hooked my Playstation 3 up to the monitor to see how the picture quality and color would compare to my LG 26″ LCD TV.
As is the norm, TV’s won’t handle computer video as well as an actual monitor would, and vice versa. In our ASUS PW201 review, I was not impressed with how the Xbox 360 looked. It was grainy and deep down, some of the colors bled. I am happy to report that the 2707WFP performed far better than that.
I played through the Ninja Gaiden Sigma demo, which has amazing graphics and incredible use of color. The color didn’t “pop” out as much as on my TV, but the video overall was quite clear with no sign of artifacts. An HDTV would fit the bill better, but for a two in one solution, this monitor exceeded my expectations.
The PIP was also quite simple to use. To test, I ran the PS3 full screen while my Windows machine ran in the PIP box. Of course, with a Windows screen that small, it’s hard to do much, but swapping the two inputs was a quick process. When I switched Windows to full screen, I was impressed to see that Ninja Gaiden, while in a much smaller screen, was still quite playable, with no lack of image quality due to the dual screen mode.
I am impressed overall with Dell’s 2707WFP and don’t consider there to be that many downsides. The screen is bright, but not overly to the point of it being headache inducing. If you happen to find yourself sitting within a few feet of a monitor of this size, that’s a good thing. Some may prefer bright screens though, and it all depends on your personal tastes. I dislike them for the fact that they add a lot of glare, while this type of monitor had no glare whatsoever.
As for as connections go, this monitor has it all. S-Video, Component, Composite, DVI and VGA. You could hook up your classic consoles to it, or your next-gen consoles. It’s really a multi-purpose product. Although HDTV’s would do a better job at high-definition content through your newer consoles, this monitor impressed me by how well it handled the job.
It’s no surprise that the 2707WFP costs more than the 2407WFP. At $999, it sits at a 70% higher cost than it’s little brother. This, as it turns out, is actually not a bad price. At release, it was $1,399, now it’s $999. The only direct competitor I found was Samsung with their 275T. It lacks a few connections that the Dell monitor has, but the biggest kicker is that theirs costs $1,150 on average. Another selling point of the 2707WFP that might sell you is the 92% color gamut, so it would be great for photographers and the like.
Overall, if you are looking for a large monitor and find the 24″ a wee bit too small for your liking, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the 2707WFP. If I were not in the market for a 30″ monitor (for the sake of the higher resolution), this monitor would be my first choice. It costs less than the competition, offers more and looks better. It’s hard to go wrong. The biggest complaint I have is that the inputs are hard to get at due to the fact that the screen doesn’t swivel all the way up. It’s normally a one-time thing you will have to deal with, so it’s not too much of a problem, but would have been nice to not run into it at all.
As a last note, Dell includes a 3 year warranty with the monitor, which includes advance exchange. This can be kicked up to 5 years for $104.
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