A large screen and versatile, capable of supporting full HD resolutions and with multiple types of video inputs, such was the promise of Dell when I decided to purchase this screen.
However, in use, this monitor has many qualities that revealed defects ...
General use as a monitor:
Equipped with DVI-D, VGA, Component, S-Video and composite, this screen is meant to be the Swiss Army knife of multimedia enthusiast. Unfortunately, some limitations tarnished this picture ...
1. The native resolution of the screen (1920x1200) is accessible only via a DVI-D. It is therefore not possible to access the resolution by the VGA or Component, the maximum resolution with interlaced (VGA: 1920x1200 interlaced component: 1080i)
2. If the DVI input also supports HDCP + HDMI protocol, the screen stretches systematically 1080i / p vertically to use the 1200 lines. The 16:9 image is stretched to 16:10, causing a distortion nonetheless substantial (this bug would have apparently been fixed on new models, but it makes me look good)
3. The problems stretch do not stop there: in fact, using a PAL signal (component inputs, S-VIDEO, Composite), it is impossible to have an image complying with the 4:3 or 16:9. The screen stretches the image to be 16:10, or it displays the image with perfectly square pixels (while in PAL, the pixels are compressed vertically). It is therefore impossible to watch a PAL video source with the correct proportions.
4. The overall quality of the analog inputs is correct (VGA) to really bad (component, s-video, composite) on inputs other than VGA, as the signal is smoothed, which gives an image with contours drooling .
5. The screen does not support dynamic reduced HDMI sources with HDMI 1.2 will therefore be limited to a bland image with a black located in the gray and white, lack of energy. This problem does not arise with HDMI 1.3 devices capable of providing an image with full dynamic.
6. The screen is unable to detect if the video source is RGB or YCbCr type to HDMI (analog and the problem is similar)
Use PC side,
The 2407WFP is less problematic as we work at resolutions where the pixels are square.
The basic colors are not great, but with a few adjustments, we achieved a very honorable quality. The afterglow is very low and the clarity is good. This screen is therefore suitable for both office as multimedia activities, if only one is completely opposite. Strangely, on this, the screen has better viewing angle left or right.
For use computer music is perfect. For use in imaging, it is ok.
The price / quality ratio is good, the screen is not bad at all, for cons, the "plus" offered by the multiple entries are unattractive they are not necessary for most users and are insufficient to users likely to use them.
A second input dvi, hdmi see an entry would have been welcome.
In conclusion, and after seeing some other 24-inch and the 23 "Apple, this screen is extremely competitive, especially if you can get the latest revisions.