Dell Ultrasharp 3008WFP lcd

Dell Ultrasharp 3008WFP lcd: How best to sum up this screen?

BEST MONITOR EVER!

My Mitubishi 2070SB was awesome in its time and until I bought my wife a 24″ Dell LCD didn’t think it could be bettered.  I was wrong.

In terms of wow factor, this big screen is probably up there with playing Eye of the Beholder and Wing Commander on my first 8bit Soundblaster card – back in the days when the only other option was Adlib’s music card, or the tinny beeps of a pc speaker (we are talking around 1990 here).

So much more productive too, with all the extra screen real estate!

Stats for this include:

up to 2560 x 1600 resolution.

3,000:1 contrast ratio

A raft of connections, including DVI, HDMI and even Display port

The only bad thing is the refresh rate, which is a maximum of 75Hz – not enough to try Nvidia’s 3D glasses – they need a screen with 100Hz, ideally 120Hz – ain’t a lot of those about, really.

Anyway, compare my old and new screen for bulk, 22″ Misubishi 2070 vs 30″ Dell LCD :

Comparison of 22" CRT and 30" LCD

Dell 3008WFP unpacked:

Dell 3008WFP unpacked

To put this into gaming perspective, here’s a screen grab of Warcraft’s Ironforge Auction House, with all the settings at maximum. (With an Nvidia 295 GPU).

Screengrab of Warcraft AH with this monitor

You can see the full-sized 2560×1600 image here: ah-full-effects.jpg

(Yes, I know, the settings are a function of the graphics card etc, but it will give you an idea, running the game at 1920×1200, or the recommended 2650×1600)

As an aside, and something I’ve commented on elsewhere – Avoid buying extras direct from Dell like the plague.

The price is rising, largely due to the plummeting value of the UK pound, but it is still £500 to £600 cheaper to buy from almost every other online store. Just a look and the screen below. Used to be able to haggle with Dell, now you just get a flat voiced sales rep telling you ‘The price is on our website’

Dell direct are overpriced

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