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Dell 3007WFP

With all the similarity in their parameters, capabilities and even, partially, external design that can be seen between the Samsung 305T and the Dell 3007WFP, there is one significant difference. The former employs an S-PVA matrix manufactured by Samsung while the latter has an S-IPS matrix from LG.Philips LCD.

Strangely enough, the practical differences proved to be negligible. I had been mainly concerned with the traditional defect of S-IPS technology when black acquires a violet hue when viewed at an angle. The larger the monitor, the stronger this effect should have been. Fortunately, I noticed no serious problems with how the 3007WFP displayed black. Yes, there is a violet hue if you are looking for it, but it is not disturbing at all at everyday work. The monitor’s having a lager inter-pixel grid in comparison with S-PVA is not annoying, either. Thanks to the small pixel pitch it is not as conspicuous as on 19” monitors, for example (well, this only annoys a small percent of users even on 19” models, too).

And conversely, although S-IPS technology is said to provide somewhat larger viewing angles than *VA technologies, I can’t say the difference is big. S-PVA matrixes have become much better in this respect than older PVA ones, so there is going to be no practical difference between S-PVA and S-IPS for a majority of users.

The Dell 3007WFP looks somewhat better overall than the Samsung 305T mostly due to its more graceful silvery stand and the shape of the case that conceals its thickness, although the Dell is not any more compact than the Samsung and is even heavier at almost 16kg.

The stand allows adjusting the tilt of the screen, rotating it around the vertical axis (the bottom of the stand remains motionless at that), and adjusting the height of the screen (the monitor is fixed automatically in the bottommost position; to unblock it, you should press a button at the back of the stand and pull the screen up; to fix the monitor again you just push it down to a click).

The stand can be replaced with a standard VESA mount. Make sure the mount can support the weight of this monitor because many mounts are meant for 8-10kg at most.

The monitor has just as many connectors as the 305T: one DVI-D for digital connection and a 4-port USB hub. Two of the hub’s ports are located on the monitor’s back panel.

Two more ports are on the left side of the case for USB flash drives and other such peripherals. Moreover, there is a multi-format card-reader here. It supports SmartMedia, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, MultiMedia Card, and Compact Flash. The monitor cannot work with it directly, though. I mean it cannot display photos from memory cards, for example. The card-reader is an ordinary USB device that will be identified by the PC as a set of removable disks when you connect the USB cord to the monitor.

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