The sure-fire way of making your PC the talk of the town is to match it up with the largest display you can afford. The 27in Dell would be an excellent candidate. Its subtly shaded but sophisticated exterior is bound to draw adoring sounds from passers by.

And there's functionality to go with the Dell's impressive design values. The 2707WFP can twist and turn - although it can't rotate pivot-style - to let you find the perfect viewing angle. Its great range of built-in features includes USB and a flash memory drive.

But forget about the looks and the extras. This flat-panel display costs £783 inc VAT which, compared to a £250 22in, may seem excessively priced. However, as large screens go, this is an inexpensive model - but this isn't apparent from all of the specifications. The 1,000:1 contrast ratio isn't too far off the figure you might expect of a large flat-panel costing in excess of £1,000, while the wide viewing angle works well.

However, there are some problems. The major complaint is with the pixel pitch. The resolution may seem large but, spread across a 27in screen, results aren't always inspiring. That 0.303 pixel pitch tells you that the size of the typical pixel is going to be larger than on a screen with a pixel pitch of, say, 0.283mm, and the result is that some images and videos can look a little chunky. And neither is this the most consistently focused of flat-panels. The 450cd/m2 brightness rating is impressive, but our DisplayMate tests highlighted some problems as you get closer to the corners of the screen.

Dell 2707WFP: Specs

  • 27in flat-panel
  • native resolution 1,920x1,200
  • 0.303mm pixel pitch
  • 6ms response time
  • 1,000:1 contrast ratio
  • 178/178 degree viewing angle
  • brightness 450cd/m2
  • DVI connector
  • USB port
  • 3-year warranty
  • 634x243x442mm
  • 12.5kg
  • 27in flat-panel
  • native resolution 1,920x1,200
  • 0.303mm pixel pitch
  • 6ms response time
  • 1,000:1 contrast ratio
  • 178/178 degree viewing angle
  • brightness 450cd/m2
  • DVI connector
  • USB port
  • 3-year warranty
  • 634x243x442mm
  • 12.5kg

OUR VERDICT

Even with such faults, the Dell's image quality is pleasing. It's always colourful, and the large viewing area makes for a very cinematic experience. That price tag is almost low enough to be truly affordable and, if you're in the market for a large screen and aren't demanding the very best in picture quality and detail, this would be a very sound buy.

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