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Dell updates its 30-incher

Dell updates its 30-incher

Dell's 3007WFP-HC claims to deliver a more vibrant picture quality than any other 30 inch monitor on the market.

Dell has announced that it has released a new version of its mahoosive UltraSharp 3007WFP monitor that comes with a slightly up-rated feature set.

Dell boasts that the new 3007WFP-HC features “92 percent colour gamut” – an enhancement that Dell claims to “deliver the latest in dynamic colour technology to make colours richer and more realistic for a dramatic gaming experience”.

The monitor achieves this using what Dell calls a wide CCFL backlight, which is said to improve colour vibrancy. According to Dell, most monitors out there today use a 72 percent colour gamut.

The rest of the monitor appears to be the same as the previous 3007WFP, that includes the 2560x1600 native resolution, a 400 cd/m² luminance, a 700:1 contrast ratio and of course HDCP support. The 3007WFP-HC also comes complete with a height-adjustable stand with tilt and swivel capabilities, along with a combo card reader and four USB 2.0 ports.

The improved backlighting comes at a cost though. The UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC will cost $1699 and should be available in the US on November 21st; this compares to the 3007WFP at a slightly less eye-watering $1300. In the UK, the 3007WFP will set you back just over £1000.

It will be interesting to see whether Dell’s new monitor and the claimed improvements deliver a better overall experience, and whether the extra cost is proves to be worthwhile.

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Mother-Goose 15th November 2006, 15:26 Quote
Am I correct in thinking that Dell is the only 30" tft on the market? or the only one worth having, I know there is now competition in the 24" niche.

Id be happy to update my....no, on second thoughts this is the wrong kinda forum for that kinda thought :P
-EVRE- 15th November 2006, 15:28 Quote
Damit! I just bought my 3007WFP.
M4RTIN 15th November 2006, 15:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mother-Gooser
Am I correct in thinking that Dell is the only 30" tft on the market?

apple make one too, the only other one i can think of
Buzzons 15th November 2006, 15:34 Quote
apple made theirs first as well, but for all intensive purposes its shocking, so basically dell are the only ones that make a good 30", however, who as a grand to splash out on a screen!
oh and.. wont the laser screens make this out dated?
bloodcar 15th November 2006, 16:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Buzzons
apple made theirs first as well, but for all intensive purposes its shocking, so basically dell are the only ones that make a good 30", however, who as a grand to splash out on a screen!
oh and.. wont the laser screens make this out dated?
But weren't LCD supposed to make CRTs outdated? I still use a CRT and prefer it to a LCD. LCDs are generally too harsh for my eyes and I prefer the softer look that my CRT gives me. Although I have considered on several occasions on getting a LCD mainly to increase desktop space.
JADS 15th November 2006, 16:30 Quote
Still no extra inputs :( I won't upgrade until it at least has Dual-Link DVI, VGA, HDMI, Component, S-Video with proper video scaling and 1:1 pixel mapping.
Firehed 15th November 2006, 17:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by JADS
Still no extra inputs :( I won't upgrade until it at least has Dual-Link DVI, VGA, HDMI, Component, S-Video with proper video scaling and 1:1 pixel mapping.
Yeah, that's one of the main reasons that the 30" screens (and any of the Apple displays) don't entice me much. I've got one of their 24" and I USE those inputs - I've even got the analogs on a switchbox for consoles and whatnot.
Of course, VGA doesn't support resolution that high, and it already has dual-link DVI (as single-link only goes to 1920x1200), and analog would look horrible at that resolution. Still, I don't see why they can't just add in an upscaler and the 1:1 stuff. AFAIK, HDMI only goes as high as single-link DVI resolutions, though I think a newer spec of HDMI goes to the full 2560x1600 of dual-link. Not that anything other than computers runs at 1440p+.

Gah. Even if it would look like crap or forced to be upscaled, I'd still like the option. All things considered I'd be better off with dual 24" other than the fact that I don't want to mix and match the 2405 and 2407 since they have different frame borders. Shafted either way.
JADS 15th November 2006, 18:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Firehed
Of course, VGA doesn't support resolution that high, and it already has dual-link DVI (as single-link only goes to 1920x1200), and analog would look horrible at that resolution. Still, I don't see why they can't just add in an upscaler and the 1:1 stuff. AFAIK, HDMI only goes as high as single-link DVI resolutions, though I think a newer spec of HDMI goes to the full 2560x1600 of dual-link. Not that anything other than computers runs at 1440p+.

I was hoping to see the other inputs in addition to the dual-link DVI already provided ;) VGA may not be able to go that high (although Sony had a 24" CRT capable of 2304 x 1440), but it'd be nice to be able to plug the XBox 360 into the VGA input and the monitor scale it.

It would just be nice to be able to use the inputs and have the monitor either do a 1:1 pixel mapping or sensibly scale it to fit the screen. With regards to scaling 3840x2400 would be a much better resolution than 2560x1600 and it would yield a monitor with a reasonable dot pitch of around 150dpi.
Lazarus Dark 15th November 2006, 18:03 Quote
my thought is will this replace the original or will they still offer it-maybe at a lower price? or is that just wishful thinking on my part? Id get the original if it came down to 1000$us. hmmmm... I think I'll wait to see if it comes down in price. I was planning on the 37" 1080p westy but I would take the original 30" dell for 1000$. I really would like to see some reviews of the upscaling video capabilities of the new 8800gtx with purevideo, on both sd and hd res. that would be sweet with a 30" dell.
<A88> 15th November 2006, 20:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by M4RTIN
apple make one too, the only other one i can think of
I think HP are bringing one out as well.

<A88>
Evenge 15th November 2006, 20:25 Quote
lol, does anyone remember the days when 17" lcd monitors where cool?
Tyinsar 15th November 2006, 23:06 Quote
I was hoping this would be like the "new" 20" LCD (link) almost as good but at a much better price :(
customh 16th November 2006, 05:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by <A88>
I think HP are bringing one out as well.

<A88>
They are indeed. I thought it was out, but here is the closest thing I can find to what I think I was looking for.
http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/07/hp-lp3065-30-inch-monitor-details-revealed/
TheColdLord 16th November 2006, 09:29 Quote
OUCH...I was thinking of buying a 30" monitor...but @ a price like that...I will most definitly scrach that of my shopping list. It dose look very good though.
Edhi 16th November 2006, 12:06 Quote
I want one of these so badly :(

I spent ~£600 on my 2001FP 2 years ago so I'm not averse to spending the money it's just that ... I don't have any right now XD
Tim S 16th November 2006, 12:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by customh
They are indeed. I thought it was out, but here is the closest thing I can find to what I think I was looking for.
http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/07/hp-lp3065-30-inch-monitor-details-revealed/
The HP looks damn impressive on paper, can't wait to find out whether it's any good in reality though. :)
neocleous 16th November 2006, 23:30 Quote
I placed an order for the Dell 30" yesterday and cancelled it today when I read the news on this site im not paying £1k for a monitor that is about to be replaced although it was very hard to cancel it took all my will power as I really really want it.
customh 16th November 2006, 23:50 Quote
I see, Tim, and neocleus, i can't imagine your pain.
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