LCD monitors with TN+Film matrixes have been pushing their opponents out of the market thanks to low pricing, so there are very few models with matrix types other than TN+Film available today. And although modern TN matrixes are not as bad as they used to be, I wouldn’t call them perfect as yet. The main problem with them is that the vertical viewing angle is too small. As the consequence, the screen gets dark when viewed from below.
This makes models with PVA, MVA and IPS matrixes even more precious for people who are willing to pay more for higher quality. In this review I will discuss one such option, the 24-inch Dell 2408WFP with an S-PVA matrix. This model represents the development of the 2407WFP-HC model we tested earlier.
Use the following link for a description of our testing methodology, the equipment we use, and for a brief explanation of what the specified and tested parameters of LCD monitors mean: X-bit Labs Presents: LCD Monitors Testing Methodology In Depth. If you feel overwhelmed with the numbers and terms this article abounds in, check out an appropriate section of the mentioned article for an explanation.
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Exterior Design and Ergonomics
Dell’s monitors of the medium and top segments usually have a recognizable appearance. The 2408WFP is an example of that.
This monitor has a silvery plastic case with a black screen bezel. The exterior design is original, appealing and practical. The monitor doesn’t look bulky or gauche. Moreover, it offers good screen adjustment options.
The pole of the stand is made from a silver-painted steel plate. That’s why it is so slim, elegant and absolutely rigid.
The stand allows you to adjust the height and tilt of the screen, to pivot the screen into portrait mode and turn it around its vertical axis.
The height adjustment is blocked when you lower the screen to the bottommost position. This is handy for transportation – the stand won’t stretch out when you lift the monitor up. To unblock, you must press down on the monitor’s case a little, push the button at the back of the stand, and pull the case up.