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are dells ultrasharp monitors worth the extra over thier E range?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
i was looking specifically at the

2408wfp
and
E248WFP

both are 1920 but considerably different in price!
post #2 of 28
yes. tn panel vs pva
post #3 of 28
Ultrasharps typically use IPS or PVA Panels whereas the non Ultrasharps typically use TN panels. This means the Ultrasharps have better viewing angles, colors, etc. Many Ultrasharps also have better stands and connectivity (HDMI, Displayport, etc) than the other models.

However, this doesn't mean you are going to feel the price difference is "worth it." The large majority of screens you see today have TN panels and many people have 0 issues with them. You don't need an IPS or PVA monitor unless you are a professional graphic editor or something along those lines. Most of the Ultrasharps are really nice though!

I have a Ultrasharp 2007FP and have found ZERO reasons to upgrade other than that usual hankering for a bigger Ultrasharp. It's just a fantastic monitor. I'll probably keep this monitor for another couple of years so the extra cost, spread out over those years, it's hardly something for me to cry about.

Finally, a note about Dell customer support. I had originally purchased a 2001FP. It had a slight (barely audible) noise from the power brick so I called to ask about it. The first two times unplugging it and plugging it back in stopped the noise. The third time I called Dell the noise wouldn't go away on power cycling. Dell sent me a 2007FP!
post #4 of 28
I'd say so. My Dell screen is excellent and has lasted for years. They use good quality panels in the ultrasharp range.
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
see i have a dell laptop, [m1710] and its screen is fantstic [imo] but i dont have a clue what type it is [just tried google] and id be happy with one similar

so the ultrasharp is worth the money, but not necessarily for me?

haha was hoping for something more clear cut grr
post #6 of 28
I have a Dell 2405FPW Ultrasharp (Rev 4) Monitor for the past 4 years. I couldn't be happier. Great color and viewing angle. I'm not a gamer so I can't comment on input lag if there is any or not. I compared it to Apple's 23" a few years ago, and their was no comparison. The Dell Simply blew it away..
post #7 of 28
I've never owned an ultrasharp monitor, but over at OCForums, A LOT of people have them and love them. They're supposed to be very very good - The only reason I didn't buy one for my current rig is because the price tag was slightly too high (I built my rig about 4 years ago, so I'm sure they're not that expensive now).

I do, however, always wonder what it would've been like if I did buy it.
post #8 of 28
Yes, it's worth it. I previously had a Dell Ultrasharp 2005FPW which I acquired refurbished at a great discount. It shares its S-IPS panel with the Apple Cinema Display of the time and looked absolutely fantastic.

Unfortunately it didn't have HDCP so I sold it off early this year and replaced it with an HP LP2475W. The HP has a wide gamut H-IPS panel that somehow manages to beat the Dell and I'm very happy with it.

If you're willing to invest in a pro level monitor you'll want a colorimiter to go with it. I have a Colorvision Spyder2 Express which you can get new for ~$60.

Edit: I thought I'd mention that I've seen the Dell 2408WFP- ISU has at least 1 lab full of them. I didn't like the color shifting effect so I went with the HP.
Edit 2: LP2475W, not LP2475FPW
post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 
so the general consensus is they are worth it! damn!

i cant find the monitor u mention MCC, difficult thing i find with monitors is its not about the numbers, its how they look, which is obviously not attainable from a review!
post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by atbglenn View Post
I have a Dell 2405FPW Ultrasharp (Rev 4) Monitor for the past 4 years. I couldn't be happier. Great color and viewing angle. I'm not a gamer so I can't comment on input lag if there is any or not. I compared it to Apple's 23" a few years ago, and their was no comparison. The Dell Simply blew it away..
thats good to hear!,
so looks like i going with an 24" ultrasharp [or other brand] now what make grr, atm, im swayed to dell, only cause my laptop screen is lovely
post #11 of 28
Keep checking Dell's website for sales before buying!! Last week the 2408wfp was onsale of $435! They always run sales, so if you're not in a hurry, wait for the right price!

One other thing! Dell's come with a 3 year replacement warranty
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by Al4x View Post
see i have a dell laptop, [m1710] and its screen is fantstic [imo] but i dont have a clue what type it is [just tried google] and id be happy with one similar
It's very likely your laptop has a TN film screen as laptops with non TN screens are pretty rare. Many current day TN film monitors are very good so it's easy to find no issue with TN monitors.

Here's something to keep in mind when somebody says "My X monitor" blows away "Y monitor I saw in store." Every monitor has a different brightness, color, and contrast settings. Many people do not check this stuff in the stores so it's really hard to compare monitors in an objective manner. It's easy for a store to fiddle with the settings so the product with the highest profit margin looks much better than the others. Another dirty little secret is that there on a limited number of LCD (the panel) manufacturers. So you can get the same LCD panel from a wide variety of monitor brands at vastly different prices.

Quote:
haha was hoping for something more clear cut grr
People on Head-Fi tend to say everything is "worth it" so I don't think asking the question here will get you a balanced answer.

How does your laptop screen look? Do you like it? When you walk into a store and look at the monitors (make sure to play with the color, contrast, and brightness settings) do you find the image to be nice? If so, then you'll likely find either Dell monitor to be an excellent buy.
post #13 of 28

Depends on your needs

Quote:
Originally Posted by Al4x View Post
i was looking specifically at the

2408wfp
and
E248WFP

both are 1920 but considerably different in price!
I am typing this on a 2408WFP. Wonderful panel. But do I need it? As I do not do any photo or graphics work, probably not. But, I still enjoy it.

You may find this link helpful: LCD Panels in Monitors
post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 
thanks for all your help guys, and that link is very helpful, laptop def looks like a tn

yeah the warranty is nice to have, especially with a monitor!

i guess im just used to my laptops screen, but then i dont come across many amazin screens dy to day, [this is a 17 1920x1200]

does really seem a difficult topic, plus im UK based and doubt theres many shops where i can look at monitors at the same time! i may have to just go on reviews!
post #15 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Al4x View Post
i guess im just used to my laptops screen, but then i dont come across many amazin screens dy to day, [this is a 17 1920x1200]
There is nothing to get used to with a TN panel. Many web forums are filled with uber-geeks and the complaints about TN films are overemphasized and overstated. Many TN monitors are great and virtually indistinguishable from PVA or IPS monitors in typical non-professional usage.

One of my relatives has a Samsung 24" Monitor. Everytime I sit down at it I think about how nice it looks. I think about replacing my 20" Ultrasharp with it. Guess what? The Samsung is a TN film.
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