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Author: Matt Krei (Fragtek)
Hardware Acquired: Dell


Here it is!  Dell's newest and largest flat panel monitor the 3007WFP features a 30" panel and a fast 11ms grey-to-grey response time.

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After previously owning the Dell 2405FPW for a mere 22 days I was immediately hooked on widescreen gaming, there's just nothing like it.  With the motivation and the proper funding I couldn't find a reason not to check out the 3007WFP.  I was a bit skepticle at first about 30" displays but dove in head first on this one and ended up being so thankful that I did!

Just a heads up, this monitor is not for the faint of heart or faint of wallet size.  Massive monitors go hand in hand with a massive price tag.  If you live in the states you can pick up one of these beauties for a mere $2200 give or take a few hundred depending on promotions and warranty options.  Many ask, "Is it worth the hefty price tag?"

Read on to find out the answer to that question...

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Author: Matt Krei (Fragtek)
Hardware Acquired: Dell


Dell 3007WFP Specifications:

Diagonal Size: 30"
Viewable Size: 30"
Display Type: LCD Monitor
Depth: 7.87"
Height: With Stand:- Extended: 22"; Compressed: 18.49"
Weight: With Stand and Head: 25.07 lbs
Width: 27.26"
Image Max H-View Angle: ± 89° (typical)
Image Max V-View Angle: ± 89° (typical)
Cable(s) included: 1 x 24-pin DVI-D cable
Color Support: Yes (16.7 million)
Compliant Standards: ENERGY STAR®
Digital Video Format: DVI-D TMDS
Dimensions (WxDxH): 27.26"x7.87"x18.49" (With Stand Compressed)
Dot Pitch: 0.250 mm (Pixel Pitch)
Enclosure Color: Black
Factory Preset Resolution Modes: VESA®, 1280x800 (49.31 kHz Horizontal, 59.91 Hz Vertical) / VESA®, 2560x1600 (98.71 kHz Horizontal, 59.97 Hz Vertical)
Front Panel Controls: Minus (-) and Plus (+), Brightness Control and Power Button and Indicator
Image Brightness: 400 cd/m² (typical)
Image Contrast Ratio: 700:1
Lamp Type: CCFL (16) Edgelight System
Max Operating Temperature: 95°F
Max Resolution: 2560x1600 Pixels
Max Sync Rate (V x H): 59.97 Hz x 98.71 kHz
Min Operating System: 41°F
Port(s) Total ( Free ) / Connector Type: DVI-D / USB 2.0 Connectors
Power Consumption Operational: 90 W (Maximum)
Service / Support: 3-Year Advance Exchange Service, Advance Exchange and CompleteCare Services Available for up to 5 years
Video Input: Digital DVI-D TMDS
Voltage Required: 90 to 264 VAC
Humidity Range Operating: 10% to 80% (non-condensing)

Initial Impression & Build Quality
Upon initial unboxing of this giant monitor when it arrived I was just blown away at the size.  It literally towers over other monitors (including the 2405FPW) it's so big.  I actually started wondering if I would have adequate space on my desk for my front speaker, breakout box, etc.  After a big of playing around with everything on my desk it fit nice and snugly in the middle.

Dell 3007WFP - Desk Space

The build quality of this display is of the best craftsmanship available.  Nothing feels flimsy or cheap, and the weight of the monitor represents its build quality well.  The Dell design team did a fabulous job with the external appearance of this set, it's a beautiful addition to anyones desk.

Dell decided to go with a newly designed permanently affixed stand for this monitor, I would assume due to the weight of the panel.  The stand is 100% metal w/ a rubber base to keep your display from slipping off the back of your desk.  This stand seems much sturdier and well made than the snap-on style stands found on the smaller Dell counterparts.  The stand is adjustable up and down, so far down in fact that you can make the bottom edge of the screen stand about 1/2" from your desk.  It is also features an adjustable cant found on most monitors.  The only thing that the new base misses is the ability to turn the monitor to a "portrait" style layout.  Who ever uses that anyhow? ;)

Dell 3007WFP - A view from the back

To keep the looks of the monitor clean, Dell did away with the conventional button setup found on all of their other displays.  This display features three "light touch" buttons in the lower right hand corner.  These buttons are hard to describe; there is no physical button but when you touch the indented area it recognizes your finger is there, I love it!  The three buttons control power on/off and brightness up/down.  All other adjustments are made via your computer.

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Hardware Acquired: Dell


Monitor Inputs
This is one area that Dell has failed to achieve a good end result with on this monitor.  This monitor only features a single Dual-Link DVI input.  That leaves everyone out to try that used to have all of their other video accessories hooked up to their 2405's, etc.  For some this might be ok, like myself.  I don't have anything but one computer hooked to it, and that's all I had planned for.  If you have a DVD player, your Xbox 360, and 2 computer hooked up to your current monitor this probably isn't going to be a good option for you.

Dell 3007WFP - A view of the input area

Besides the actual video inputs you'll find all of the other standard Dell inclusive features.  You've got one high speed USB 2.0 output on the back of the monitor which connects four USB inputs.  Two of the inputs can be found right next to the output port, and the other two can be found below the built in card reader on the side of the monitor.

Speaking of card reader... This monitor -as does the 2405FPW- features a built in card reader.  The reader on this display is a 9-in-2 device and operates on USB 2.0.  The reader is located on the left hand side of the display, directly in the middle.  I've found that it's pretty easy to insert a memory card without having to look over at it to find the slot (after you've done it one or two times).  The card reader works perfectly and is very fast.  Using it with my 4gb 150x Secure Digital card it transfers photo's at lightning fast speeds.  The reader is a feature that I am glad Dell has integrated in to their displays, mainly because once I switch over to my new rig I will lose the card reader that I have in my current rig, leaving me with nothing in the computer itself.  Dell saves the day once again!

Dell 3007WFP - A look at the integrated media card reader

Now lets take a look at how the display panel performs, I think you'll be surprised...

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Hardware Acquired: Dell


Display Performance

After initially getting the monitor unpacked and positioned on my desk I was anxious to flip it on and test it out.  As soon as the BIOS popped up I was a bit dissapointed as I could see massive backlight bleed in the lower right hand corner (so I thought at the time, keep reading to find out what this turns out to be).  Never the less I let my computer boot in to Windows.  Once I got in to Windows I was simply amazed at how clear and vibrant all of the colors were.  The display is very bright and the contrast is outstanding, nearly breathtaking.  All of the text and images were razor sharp, I was very happy at this point!  Once I got in to the control panel and got the native screen res in place I was once again blown away.  Talk about some desktop real estate!  This baby gives you more than enough room to do whatever your heart desires.  The massive screen res comes in particularly handy when working in programs such as Photoshop and Autocad.

Dell 30007WFP - 4 FireFox Browser Windows

Here's a picture of the monitor displaying 4 FireFox browser windows without cluttering any of the displayed homepages, this is quite a feat!

After doing some research on what I originally had though to be major backlight bleed ended up being nothing at all.  Due to the monitors massive size, if you set it to close to you the viewing angle is a bit skewed at the corners and cause an effect that looks like backlight bleed.  If you scoot the display back just a few inches everything comes in to perspective and no more "backlight bleed".  As you will see from the following pictures this monitor doesn't show the slightest hint of backlight bleed.  I thought this was a near impossible task for a monitor of this size.  I even had a dream about how bad it might be while I was waiting for the monitor to arrive after ordering it.

Dell 3007WFP - Window Boot Screen

This first shot is of the monitor witha nearly all black screen to show how even the the backlighting is.  The second shot taken from nVidias tuning wizard also shows how even the backlighting is.  This just blew me away!  Also pictured above is a quick snap of the WinXP boot screen.

Go on to the next page for more display performance results and pictures...

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Display Performance Continued

Color refproduction on this set is absolutely spot-on.  I would say that it's even better than the 2405FPW that I gave up for it which also had awesome color reproduction.  All of the colors are bright and seemingly right where they should be.  The only small thing that I've noticed so far with the color is that on large areas of "true white" you can see just a tad bit of a red hue.  Other than that everything is spot-on in this department!

Dell 3007WFP - Desktop Shot

It's hard to take a picture that really captures the true picture quality of this display, but as you can see from the picture it's an amazing sight.  The desktop that I have selected in that photo was created in the monitors native res and is truely amazing in person.

Dell 3007WFP - Tri-color Test Pattern

A few simple nVidia test patterns show how great the color reproduction is and how vibrant the colors are.  If you haven't noticed from any of the previous pictures yet, this monitor also displays black very well.  It's a deep rich black that's nearly unsaturated by the black light, I seemed to have a bigger problem with this on the 2405FPW.

Continue on for my opinions on gaming & movie watching...

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Hardware Acquired: Dell


Response Time & Gaming

This set is rated at 12ms response from Dell and I think it holds pretty true to this figure from what I can tell.  Due to the size of the display alone you will naturally be able to pick up more visible ghosting during gameplay than on smaller sets.  With that said it's nothing that's noticable after about the first 5-10 minutes of gameplay.  After that small initial adjustment period it holds it's own against other "gaming class" monitors without a problem.

You will want to be sure you have an adequate video card setup before trying to play games on this monitor at it's native res with any of the games quality settings turned up.  This display will tax your vid cards harder than anything you could possibly imagine.  I run mine with a pair of 7800GTX's and it plays most games well at max detail settings (CS:S, HL2, FarCry, etc.).  Some games however will need to have the quality settings turned way down in order for the game to be playable (EverQuest II primarily).

Movies

I would love to say that this monitor is great for watching movies but it really isn't.  The large native resolution of the monitor is so big that it's even higher than HD standards (1080i) which makes pictures not nearly as sharp as they should be.  Don't get me wrong you can definately watch movies on this display, they just aren't the same quality you would get from a true HDTV setup.  The viewing angles are great and can be seen clearly for quite a sharp angle.  I can sit in my bed and watch TV or a Movie at about a 30-40* angle it's nearly a perfect picture.

So this set definately doesn't rank as the set to buy if your primary function is watching TV & Movies.  It's much better suited for gaming and multitasking / productivity.

Check out the next page for my final thoughts...

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Author: Matt Krei (Fragtek)
Hardware Acquired: Dell


Final Thoughts

At a price tag of roughly $2100 this monitor definately isn't for anyone.  If you're looking for the best in class widescreen gaming / productivity monitor look no further as this set simply can't be beat.  Movie goes should steer clear and opt for a smaller set with more video input options.

The biggest question that most people have is "Is it worth it?"  Well that can only be answered by you.  In my eyes it's about the best $2000+ I've spent in quite some time.  I don't know what I'd do without this monitor, I'm not sure if I could ever comfortably go back to a smaller display.  Once you've felt the power of gaming in a dark room with a monitor this big you feel like you're in the game itself, you too will never want to go back to anything smaller.

I give this monitor a 4 star rating.  The one star deduction comes from it's hefty price tag and lack of video inputs on such an expensive display.  Other than that, this baby is a well rounded beast!

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