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You can also connect optional speakers, which are to be hung under the case. Their quality is rather low as usual (but Dell honestly specifies the bottom limit of the frequency response: 95Hz, -10dB). So, you may only want to purchase them if you value your desk space more than the quality of sound.

Like the 305T, and obviously due to the same reasons, the monitor is controlled with only three buttons: Power and brightness adjustment. And I guess the design of the buttons is the only drawback in the overall appearance of this monitor. They are just painted in white on the front panel. The Power button is highlighted with a blue LED at work and with an amber one in sleep mode. The buttons are all touch-sensitive and react sharply to a soft touch of a finger.

A minor shortcoming in comparison with the SyncMaster 305T, the LED in the Samsung monitor begins to blink on reaching the minimum or maximum brightness limit, showing that there’s no use pressing the button any more. The 3007FW lacks this kind of indication, which is not a big problem, though.

Subjectively, the image quality is high. The viewing angles are excellent. The characteristic violet hue of S-IPS matrixes is inconspicuous. Color gradients are reproduced flawlessly.

Despite the different matrix types, the color gamuts of the 305T and 3007WFP are almost identical. No wonder, as the color gamut depends on the backlight lamps and RGB filters employed rather than on the matrix type. By the way, Dell has already announced the 3007WFP-HC model with new lamps and an extended color gamut, but the older version of the monitor still prevails in shops.

The gamma-curves look good. Green and red colors are set up ideally, blue is just somewhat too intensive. The monitor has no problems reproducing details in darks or lights.

The color temperature is set up superbly. Taking 6500K as the reference point, the monitor deflects by no more than 350K from it, which is very good.

The Dell 3007WFP uses an S-IPS matrix without response time compensation. It is not slow, however, having an average response of 13.5 milliseconds GtG with a maximum of 22.3 milliseconds. So, it is just a little slower than the SyncMaster 305T but is free from any RTC artifacts, of course.

It’s worse with the brightness adjustment range. It is shifted up by about 30 nits in comparison with the 305T, and the minimum brightness limit is over 100 nits. This is enough to work in a brightly lit office room, but may be too much for home use. You can reduce brightness further using graphics card settings.

In full accordance with theory that says that S-IPS matrixes have lower contrast than S-PVA, the level of black is always higher than that of the SyncMaster 305T.

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