Above is a shot of the 3008 sitting next to an old school Dell 2001FP (20″ LCD), because of the perspective it’s a bit hard to tell just how big the 3008 is. Here’s another shot of Grant holding his iPhone infront of the 3008:
and you can tell from the task bar that this baby is big… and that Grant likes to run a lot of things in his System Tray 😀
You can check out all of Grant’s shots of his new monitor in his Flickr gallery. An now for the review, unedited:
So I caved in and replaced my aging 2405wfp monitor from 2003 with a brand new shiny 3008wfp. I know ExtremeTech reviewed this monitor and gave it fairly low marks [6/10] (I’m guessing they got scared by the price but more on that later). Anyway, this thing blows my 2405wfp out of the water for many reasons.. First quickly the pros and cons:
- It’s HUGE. Tons of space. We’re talking 2560×1600.
- Colors are amazing. At first I was like this monitor looks SO different than my old 2405 and got worried but I realized that the colors were WAY off (according to RGB standards) on my older monitor and I had just gotten used to bad colors. The contrast on the older monitor was also not very good. It was artificially skewed to look a certain way but not the way it was meant to be (again according to Adobe sRGB calibration). The 2405 is a PVA panel and this is an S-IPS panel. Essentially S-IPS are the expensive panels and have the best color reproduction of any type but slightly slow response times than PVA. More on the differences here: http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=31&threadid=2049206&enter. Response time on this is a “slow” 8ms whereas my older 2405 was like 18ms.
- Brightness is very uniform on mine. I’ve seen other threads were the brightness was very off center and I luckily don’t have that problem
- 2560×1600 resolution is the new sex. It’s amazing how much space this gives you. One difference I realized right away compared to my 24” is that I no longer run everything maximized like I did before. I run everything in a window since I have so much space. This allows me to have 4-5 IM windows up, IntelliJ, and a web browser with VERY minimal window overlapping. I can see everything at a glance. AWESOME.
- Playing 1080p content is like a wet dream on this. Playing that in 1:1 mode only takes up like 60% of the screen space which is CRAZY so I can literally have a 1080p movie playing and a full web browser window open next to it all on the same screen
- The stand and arm on this is very high quality. The overall build quality is MUCH higher than my 2405. Everything is very solid.
- Ports: HDMI, 2 DVI-D, Displayport, component, VGA
- Scaler chip: The older 3007wfp-HC could only run in 2 resolutions: 2560×1600 and something weird like 1280×768. This monitor runs every resolution under the sun. The other thing the scaler does is make games that you run at resolutions lower than the native res actually look good. I run crysis at 1920×1200 and I don’t see the weird jaggy lines that I always saw on my 2405 when I ran at resolutions lower than 1920×1200. I can play WOW at 2560×1600 with 8x AA and 4x AF at 40FPS. WOW – literally.
- 2 dead pixels but they are in corners of the screen and only show if you have bright white over them.
- I tweaked a few settings from the stock and it looks much better. I only knew to do this based on research and reading about this panel. Joe Schmoe wouldn’t necessarily know to do this or how.
- Can’t think of too many others.
Pro and Con:
- It’s so big in fact that if you don’t push the monitor back a little you end up turning your head to see everything. To look at something in the lower left and then in the upper right I had to turn my head. I pushed the monitor back a few inches and now it’s much better.
I haven’t tried any other ports on this besides the DVI-D. It has display port so I should be set for 2008 when I upgrade my video card.
Something I am also realizing is that I am liking the monitor more each day. I have to reprogram myself to think about using all the screen space and as I code and think of things as being windowed and not maximized, I’m really loving it.
Now I had originally ordered this on the website for $1999 but then I found a thread on [H] forums saying I can get it for $1600 with free shipping. More on that here: http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1260150. In any case, I was able to refuse delivery of the first one and I got the other one through Lisa, this dell rep mentioned above for $1600 + free overnight. It saved me about $550.
Full picture library:
from the pictures above it’s hard to gauge how massive this monitor is. In the pictures it’s next to my 20” 2001fp from like 1985. Looking at a picture and sitting in front of this are two different experiences. One way to look is my Vista start bar is double height and look how much space it takes up.
Update #1: Grant sent along an update from another in-depth review from PRAD.de that reviewed the monitor from a professional designer angel and gave all the juicy details you might be looking for.