Dell Ultrasharp 3008WFP LCD

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


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 inch CRT and 30 inch 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 285 GPU).

Screengrab of Warcraft AH with this monitor

(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. You 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


Been playing with computers since the stone age, online since the '80s, and developing websites since the '90s.

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