By Neil Bennett | on March 15, 2007
Price When Reviewed: 879
The UltraSharp 2707WFP, Dell’s 27-inch widescreen LCD monitor, is a stunner.
It delivers great image quality, features a thoughtful design, and has several useful and unusual inputs. But at £879, it’s pricey next to smaller monitors with the same HD resolution – such as Apple’s £662 23-inch Cinema Display or Dell’s own £639 24-inch 2407WFP.
You’re essentially paying a premium for the extra inches, but they’re worth it if you have a large desk or you want to show off to clients (or colleagues).
You do get a lot extra functionality for the over-sized investment. The monitor’s generous 1,920-x-1,200 resolution makes
it great for viewing large detailed documents or workspaces. Text in an InDesign document looks extremely sharp and photos show bright colours and excellent detail, even in shadows.
The 2707WFP includes individual red, green, and blue colour adjustments, allowing you to tune colours more finely when necessary. Overall, we found the colour gamut and accuracy to be good, though not perfect.
Several other features also help set the 2707WFP apart. On its left side are two media card slots that can read nine different formats. Along with DVI, S-Video-in, and composite-in ports, the monitor has a component-in connection, which is unusual for an LCD model. It’s convenient, especially for using the display for HD monitoring when editing and compositing.
The 2707WFP has a pleasing design with a brushed-silver bezel and a shiny black stand – though it’s no match for Apple’s design aesthetic. One real advantage for such a large screen is that it’s easy to adjust – the attached, simple-to-manoeuvre silver arm allows you to tilt or swivel the screen without putting your back out.
Despite all of the display’s notable advantages, £879 is still a high price to pay. Nevertheless, for people who crave a monitor with great image quality, useful extra ports, and a sleek design, the Dell 2707WFP can’t be beaten.