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Dell is becoming quite a force to be reckoned with in the LCD monitor market

Dell showed off its answer to Apple's 30" LCD at CES and wows the crowds with features not found elsewhere. Called the 3007WFP, Dell's answer to Apple's 30" not only delivers in features and performance, it comes in $300 less than Apple's best offering.

At first glance, the two seem to be identical, offering the same 2560x1600 resolution. However, examining the specs more closely reveals that Dell has not only matched its competitor, it has exceeded Apple and offers customers better performance for less money. To compare:

  • 178 degree viewing angle on the Dell vs. 170 on the Apple
  • 700:1 contrast ratio on the Dell vs. 400:1 on the Apple
  • 300 cd/m2 light output on the Dell vs. 270 cd/m2 on the Apple
  • 14ms pixel response time on the Dell vs. 16ms on the Apple

Dell's 3007WFP also offers 9-in-2 media card slots to accept anything from CompactFlash to MemoryStick and SD cards. Finally for those concerned with appearance, the 3007WFP is no slouch on looks either -- although this department remains up to the tastes of the customer.

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Anyone know...
By MrEMan on 1/9/2006 8:39:07 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone know who manufactures the LCD monitor for Dell?

RE: Anyone know...
By bob661 on 1/9/2006 3:53:46 PM , Rating: 2
Right now it's $879 for the 24". Don't know what your price range is.

RE: Anyone know...
By KristopherKubicki on 1/9/2006 8:01:13 PM , Rating: 3
The 30" panels on the market (all of them) are manufacturered by LG.Philips LCD.


USB ports > card reader
By rqle on 1/8/2006 4:35:43 PM , Rating: 2
I actually perfer more USB ports to the 9-2 memory card reader thing.

RE: USB ports > card reader
By creathir on 1/8/2006 6:05:23 PM , Rating: 2
On the side of the monitor?
I don't...
Those USB are for USB Flash drives and such... not for keyboards to be plugged into (though they can be)
I would rather have the 10 that are on my PC used to connect the main USB devices... and not have 1,000,000 cords all over my desk.. but I suppose thats just me...
- Creathir

RE: USB ports > card reader
By bob661 on 1/9/2006 1:22:22 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. It's cool for USB sticks but that's about it for me.

Nice monitor
By Gigahertz19 on 1/9/2006 12:14:04 AM , Rating: 2
Awesome monitor but I don't understand why they don't allow you to hook this up to your cable outlet and watch TV on it. If your going to buy a monitor this big why not let people watch high def TV on it...not only a comp monitor but switch it over to TV when your not using it as a comp.....don't understand why?

RE: Nice monitor
By bunnyfubbles on 1/9/2006 4:17:31 AM , Rating: 2
Because a TV requires a tuner thus driving up costs.

RE: Nice monitor
By timmiser on 1/9/2006 12:59:37 PM , Rating: 2
Not really, with satellite and digital/high def receiver/boxes being pretty much the norm, the TV tuners are not really used much anymore. All you need for your TV is a video input.

One thing the Dell can't match ...
By Enclydion on 1/9/2006 5:17:46 PM , Rating: 2
Colour accuracy. Apple's monitor design team have done their very best to ensure the big LCDs are as colour-accurate as possible. Whilst it is completely impossible for any LCD to show true black (and thus, any low-intensity colour will be wrong), Apple have tweaked the array's firmware and put a heavy sheet of museum-grade optical crystal in front, and applied a layer of blooming (such as you'd see in a camera lens) to correct colour.

Dell's offering has none of this.

If you're doing pro-level image retouching work -- which is a market Apple still commands -- then you will still want to stick to a CRT. But if you have to go flat, and you want accurate, you've two choices -- Apple, or AG Neovo.

For my money, that tighter colour gamut on the Apple Cinema HD 30" is more than worth the extra money, and then some.

By KristopherKubicki on 1/9/2006 8:04:41 PM , Rating: 3
On the contrary. Apple's "accuracy" is a bit of a farce because their units do not even contain a DSP with any sort of color correction-- everything is done via software. Dell uses very high quality Genesis controllers in their displays, and hence the reason why Dell can do 4 different inputs over analog (or digital) and still have better color curves than Apple without software.


Great Display
By SLCentral on 1/8/2006 4:15:04 PM , Rating: 1
As the owner of a Apple 30" Cinema Display, I have to say that this Dell looks VERY nice for the price, and if I was purchasing now, I wouldn't hesitate to go with the Dell over the Apple. Keep in mind that you can get a Apple 30" for $2100 refurbed (when in stock), which is cheaper then the Dell. I bought a refurbed, and it was in perfect condition, and out of 5 million pixels, just one was stuck (green), and none were dead.

RE: Great Display
By hoppa on 1/8/2006 10:19:59 PM , Rating: 2
The panel on the refurb is still going to die before the panel on the new -- which is obviously the biggest concern -- because it's been used more. Simple as that.

ports are great
By DigitalDivine on 1/8/2006 7:22:42 PM , Rating: 2
having the ports on the monitor allows me to completely hide my tower. since i have a usb mouse and keyboard, this monitor looks very great, especially the price. I'll prolly get this when i upgrade my machine to a 7800gtx... oooo super HD gaming...

By DEMO24 on 1/8/2006 9:43:06 PM , Rating: 2
The only problem I can see with this monitor is the lack of inputs. I cant remember exactly how many where there for video input but its rather lacking. The 2000series has many more. Youd think with a 10inch gain over a 2001 youd have the same or more inputs, but no.

The others
By KenGoding on 1/9/2006 10:10:19 AM , Rating: 2
Do you think the smaller ones will go down in price now? I'd love a 24" but the price tag kinda makes me choke.

fair price comparisons
By DarkPrime on 1/9/2006 3:36:19 PM , Rating: 2
Keep this in mind with the price: I believe the prices quoted are the suggested retail prices put out by each company. Sure you can buy a refurbed apple, but you can with a dell too. Not only that, but several times throughout the year Dell runs sales (sometimes with coupons) on their monitors which can slash hundreds off the price. I have yet to see apple ever do such a thing.

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