I've tried both of these monitors and can say firsthand - you get what you pay for!
The Dell is an exceptional budget monitor though, given the price of other 24" LCDs on the market it is fairly good for the price. Having said that though, if you are not on a strict budget and spending a few hundred more is not an issue, then go for something better. In fact I just remembered Benq introduced a 24" to the market recently. It is selling locally for $50 more than I paid for the Dell, and although I haven't read any reviews yet I hear it actually does support HDCP unlike the Dell does.
I just read a bit more of the thread. I had an A02 revision of the Dell and it displayed the banding. From what I heard Chris @ Dell announced the A02 would be the final revision. Recently though people have been claiming to have A03 revisions shipped to them. I found this on WS forums posted by DVL73:Most important 2407 revision is A01. This revision was responsible for the text blur fix and deactivation of the farouja engine in the desktop mode. In other words, farouja picture enhancing engine was not forced globally (in native or desktop monitor mode) so people didn't noticed the banding anymore.
Other revisions are not offering anything substantially important and even there is indication that A03 includes just few changes in the OSD software. In other words, I would not put too much hope in the subsequent revisions, after the A01 which was the major and important one.
So while A01 claimed to cure the banding issue, I myself and many others seen for themselves it was still there if you looked. I found it to not be much of an issue though, if you are using a Mac then you will probably notice it a bit more, but 95% of the time I never noticed it outside of Gradlin's banding test, only in some specific areas if I really looked for it. Really it was the text on the monitor that killed it for me. It seemed ok at first, but after reading for 20-30 minutes or so your eyes are left feeling strained. I used the monitor for 3 months before I took it back to Costco, and during that time my eyes never did get completely used to it (don't think they possibly could've). So to repeat once again: Unless your on a budget, just avoid the Dell 2407 alltogether.
That Samsung 244T is a nice monitor though, but it is a little pricey. There is better monitors coming very soon and Samsung won't be able to command such a premium price for the 244T with ample competition on the market at half the price, so it would most likely be wise just to wait if you really want that one. Go check out the Benq though, I would've got one myself but instead got a LCD TV which is working fine as a PC monitor (actually it is giving a better image than the Dell 2407, and that is a dedicated
PC monitor :rolleyes: )
This is an excellent, excellent forum, but you may want to check out http://www.widescreengamingforum.com...30dd5c14f46c4b
for a bit more specific computer LCD information. The guys there are all widescreen LCD obsessed, and you can find a plethora of information there right down to the exact specifics of the panels each different LCD uses. There are some real no-nonsense guys there who don't go on what they read or what is told to them by manufacturers, but rather take things apart and do some gritty research to find out the real facts. There is also a world of info on the 244T & 2407 there (and probably the new BenQ now that its out as well).
Good luck with it all ;)