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Dell 2007WFP

As I have written in the previous section, the choice between LCD monitors with screen aspect ratios of 16:10 and 4:3 is largely determined by the intended applications. However, different models are usually different not only in the screen aspect ratio but in other parameters as well, so you may find that the monitor that suits you fine in all its parameters has the wrong aspect ratio for you and there is no similar monitor with the aspect ratio you need.

Dell took care of this, however, releasing a pair of 20” monitors: the above-described 2007FP with an aspect ratio of 4:3 and the 2007WFP with an aspect ratio of 16:10. Otherwise, the two models are as similar as possible, so you can choose the aspect ratio you like without losing anything in other parameters.

The specs of the two models are identical except for the native resolution. The 2007WFP can come with both S-IPA or S-PVA matrixes too, but we’ve got an S-IPS version of it.

I want to remind you that these two matrix manufacturing technologies are somewhat different from the end-user’s point of view. S-IPS matrixes have somewhat larger real viewing angles and a somewhat higher speed, but S-PVA technology ensures a higher contrast ratio and is usually cheaper. These differences are insignificant for a majority of users, however, save for a few professionals. They are especially negligible in comparison with the numerous monitors with TN matrixes that are inferior to both S-PVA and S-IPS in terms of image quality (particularly, in the viewing angles).

You can find out the matrix type in the monitor’s service menu. To do so, shut the monitor down with the Power button, then turn it on again keeping the Menu and “+” buttons pressed. When the monitor wakes up you should release those buttons and, after a second, press the “-“ button. The result is shown above: the RT803 code denotes an S-IPS matrix whereas an S-PVA matrix would be indicated with the UW473 code (these codes may change in later revisions of the monitor; I tested the A04 revision).

The 2007WFP is indistinguishable from its predecessor externally except for the different aspect ratio. It’s got the same elegant silver-and-black case with a slim, but very robust and stiff, stand.

The stand allows to rotate the screen around the vertical axis (the base of the stand remains motionless at that), to adjust the tilt and height (within 50 to 140mm) of the screen, and to turn it into portrait mode. The height adjustment is blocked when the screen is lowered to the bottommost position. To unblock it, you should pull the screen up while pressing the button on the back of the stand.

The stand can be replaced with a VESA mount if necessary.

The monitor’s got the same connectors as the 2007FP, but placed in a different order: analog and digital inputs, two video inputs (composite and S-Video), power for optional speakers, a mains connector, and an integrated USB hub.

The hub has four ports, two of which is located on the monitor’s back panel next to the other connectors and the other two are on a side panel for USB flash drives and other “temporary” USB peripherals. The USB connectors are placed at a distance from each other, allowing to use them both simultaneously.

The control buttons are located in the bottom right of the front panel. These are large, concave, handy buttons with clear white icons.

The Power button is highlighted with a green LED at work. The indicator of the selected input is shining to the right of the controls. When two inputs are in use at once in the Picture-in-Picture mode, two appropriate indicators are alight. Switching between the inputs is implemented just as conveniently as in the previous model.

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Like with the 2007FP, the ergonomics suffer somewhat due to the lack of control buttons – in fact, only three of them are used in the menu.

There is a significant difference, though. The previous model allowed to enable the Picture-in-Picture mode from the menu only while the 2007WFP has a dedicated button for that. This is good news for people who are going to use the monitor’s video inputs often.

The 2007WFP offers a full set of interpolation options, including for images in 4:3 format – you can stretch them to the entire screen, leave them as they are (i.e. display them on a per-pixel basis) or stretch them while keeping their aspect ratio intact (which will leave two black bands at the sides of the screen).

You can also choose one of the three modes with different gamma settings, selectable from the menu (there’s no dedicated button for that). They are called Desktop, Gaming and Multimedia. Unfortunately, you only get a good image quality in the Desktop mode whereas the other two distort the reproduction of colors greatly. Particularly, gradients appear striped in them. In the Desktop mode color gradients look perfect.

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