Thanks for the input Samstag (welcome to the forum!) and Cy-Gor.
So I went to the mall today at lunch and right outside the Apple store there's a Dell kiosk with the 2407. I know this isn't the fairest test, but it's the best I could do in a pinch -- I made sure both were on 1920x1200 and loaded up the same webpage on both. Then I ran back and forth between the two to compare the difference.
You guys are right: the Dell 2407 is a very nice looking monitor
. It was really hard to pick one over the other... I still think the Apple wins pixel sharpness, MAYBE. I couldn't get them side by side, but it's a very close race.
The Dell has all the extras: various inputs (no HDMI though), scalability, rotation, PIP, memory card readers.
Plus the Dell is $300 cheaper.
Now it's hard justifying sticking with the Apple.
I think aesthetically the build of the Apple is way
better... the solid base, curved metal sides, lack of cheesy buttons and a single cable leading to the PC looks MUCH better sitting on my desktop. And I really don't like how wobbly and flimsy the 2407 seems.
But are aesthetics worth $300? Not for everyone, but I feel it's worth something -- ask any Lexus owner. Still... it's hard justifying 3 benjamins for something that going to look great sitting on a messy desk.