Desirable extras can't make up for the pricey Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP's sluggish performance.

Dell's full-featured UltraSharp 2007WFP has a fully adjustable stand, multiple video ports, and USB ports to boot. But image quality - although not bad - is almost the worst among our batch of currently tested 20in widescreen LCDs.

Interestingly, the Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP did extremely well in our grayscale tests, something that many monitors trip over. But results of text tests were inconsistent, with Excel spreadsheets very readable but font tests showing average sharpness.

Points for graphics scores, including those for colour saturation and skin tones, were uniformly middling for the Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP.

It's really too bad about the test scores, because the Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP offers a raft of features normally found in larger premium monitors.

The panel tilts, swivels, pivots (rotates 90 degrees to portrait orientation), and has one of the smoothest height-adjustment mechanisms we've seen. There was no bundled software for the pivoting panel, leaving the user with the sometimes awkward task of adjusting the panel and then the software to a portrait position. This is done from the Display Properties section of your operating system. (If your operating system lacks such an option, you can usually download the software from your graphics card vendor.)

The rectangular hole on the stand itself is a clever (if unoriginal) implementation of a cable-management system. Two USB ports on the right side and two underneath the Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP, next to the video connectors, are useful for plugging in peripherals and flash drives.

Additional video ports for VGA, composite, and S-Video are useful for the Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP's picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture capabilities.

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Desirable extras can't make up for the pricey Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP's sluggish performance.

The Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP's onscreen display (OSD) menu, which lets you make a plethora of image and colour tweaks, sports a newer interface that works well, because it's so easy to grasp. It includes brightness presets for different display modes, such as gaming, documents, and video.

In a screening of 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King', the Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP proved a capable movie display. The colours on costumes and background scenes seemed deep and balanced, although we found illuminated and extremely dark scenes bordering on grainy.

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Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP: Specs

  • 20.1in flat-panel display/active matrix TFT
  • 1,680x1,050-pixel resolution
  • 16ms
  • 300 cd/m²
  • 800:1
  • 472.7x177.7x332mm to 513mm
  • 6.5kg
  • 100mm VESA Mounting, Antiglare with Hard-coating 3H, Includes Height Adjustable Stand
  • 15-pin D-Sub / DVI-D / S-Video /Composite Connectors
  • 0.258mm (Pixel Pitch)
  • 3-year warranty
  • 20.1in flat-panel display/active matrix TFT
  • 1,680x1,050-pixel resolution
  • 16ms
  • 300 cd/m²
  • 800:1
  • 472.7x177.7x332mm to 513mm
  • 6.5kg
  • 100mm VESA Mounting, Antiglare with Hard-coating 3H, Includes Height Adjustable Stand
  • 15-pin D-Sub / DVI-D / S-Video /Composite Connectors
  • 0.258mm (Pixel Pitch)
  • 3-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

The Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP would suit those looking for an ergonomic or multimedia display if not for its relatively underwhelming image quality, which is particularly disappointing given its high price for the category.

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