Pros: Great ergonomics.
Cons: Expensive considering performance.
While the rest of the models we’ve looked at here are focused on the professional creative market, the UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC has one eye on the high-end gamer/home entertainment market too.
The 2,560-x-1,600 resolution is beyond the capabilities of most games, but Dell’s monitor is better at downscaling to 1,920-x-1,200 than any of its rivals. It features support for HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), so HD video from HD DVD and Blu-Ray Disc format media can be played. The only other monitor here that supports HDCP is Eizo's FlexScan SX3031W.
As you’d expect from a monitor partly aimed at entertainment, the 300WFP-HC is oversaturated. This makes blockbusters look impressive, but the monitor requires calibration if you’re working with print. Even so, after calibration, the 3007WFP-HC was little better than HP's LP3065 (which is £250 less expensive), and most creative pros will prefer the Apple Cinema HD Display for colour accuracy and depth.
Its design isn’t going to win any prizes, but there’s an adjustable base, with a decent tilt and swivel. It’s also the only one with a media card reader.
As Digital Arts went to press, Dell announced a replacement for the 3007WFP-HC called the UltraSharp 3008WFP, featuring a larger colour gamut, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, and HDMI and DisplayPort sockets for HD players and camcorders. Its UK availability has yet to be confirmed.