Anyone seen the Dell SP2208WFP in the wild?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by lwcoffer2, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. lwcoffer2 macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2007
  2. talkingtojoey macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2007
    dell webcam/monitor

    I just spoke with a Dell salesperson on the phone about this monitor. The webcam is output via a USB port. From what I understand, Macs will only accept external webcams via Firewire.

    So, short of some software hack/convertor, it sounds like it won't work. Bummer.
  3. Celeron macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004
    The Xbox 360 video camera is USB and it works fine on OS X. No drivers required.
  4. lwcoffer2 thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2007
  5. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Since leopard supports a wide range of usb cameras i'd be really curious and tempted if this built in webcam worked
  6. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Austin, Texas
  7. H0M3R macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2007
    I have the Dell SP2008WFP which appears to be the 20" version of this monitor. It uses a TN panel and has a glossy screen. The built-in camera works fine in Tiger and in Leopard, no drivers were needed.
  8. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Hrm, so would this TN panel be any improvement over the uber-cheap hanns-g LCD I bought, or would it just be bigger? The color reproduction on this thing is awful (but what do you want for $100). The webcam working and the colors going along so well really are tempting
  9. vendettabass macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2006
    Wellington, New Zealand
    wow that looks great value! a 24 inch with that HDMI input would be sweet!

    Really think we need to see separate consumer and pro lines of monitors from apple to compete with these!
  10. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Still sorta nervous about the webcam and screen quality/color reproduction
  11. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Well. I just got this. WEbcam works as advertised, true plug and play. No complains about the screen. Great!

    UPDATE: The camera works perfectly, but I can't seem to get the mic to pick up sound. It might just be me doing something wrong and I'm in the midst of finals and don't really have time to screw with it
  12. witsendinc macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2007

    How did you get the built-in webcam to work??
    I've got it hooked up to my MacBook.

    *It was the lack of the USB cable.
  13. rblum5 macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2007
    I have a mac mini (1.7GHz Intel Core Duo) with OSX 10.4.11.

    I have the new Dell SP2008WFP and can report that the digital video (DVI), webcam and mic all work fine.

    To get the webcam to work, I had to install the macam usb webcam driver (0.9.1).
  14. 47songs macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2008
    I havent' even gotten to the webcam part yet.

    I've got a mac mini and after my mac cinema display died after just a year,:mad: basically, just after the warranty ran out, I decided to try this same Dell 20' SP2008WFP with the webcam - which is warranted for three years - standard.:D

    Works with the analog connector but worked only about 2 or 3 minutes connected with the dvi. I had staticcy(sp?) lined streaks going across the screen and then it blacked out. Hooked back up the analog and it's working fine.

    The drivers are for windows only. Could this be the problem? If so, is there anything I can do about it? The mac recognizes the monitor with both connections, so I don't understand why it won't wotk for the dvi. I'd really like to use the digital connection. Much better clarity.

  15. JDOG_ macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    Mine came last night :)

    Mine came last night (would have been here on Monday...stupid DHL)

    I've got an old 20" ultrasharp widescreen (the 2006 model) sitting next to it, and the quality of the panel is nowhere near as nice, but the contrast ratio is incredible. The blacks actually look black.

    Still can't get the Web cam drivers to work in Vista, but I'm guessing Leopard will know what to do with them. I've also got a dead pixel already, which is a super bummer, but got this thing for $260 shipped w/tax which ain't bad.


    More here.
  16. af3556 macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    Make sure to use good USB cables

    I've just received one of these monitors, and the webcam *does* work (as does the microphone). This is with OS X 10.5.1, on an Intel Mac Mini. The monitor's connected via DVI - looks great, though colour profile needs to be tweaked.

    My initial experience was that the cam didn't work - but I was using a dodgy USB cable (no EMI shields, the cylindrical blobs at each end). Replacing this with the Dell-supplied cable fixed it up a treat. The camera quality seems quite good.

    For the record, here's my monitor's System Profiler output for the webcam:

    Monitor Integrated Webcam:

    Version: 1.00
    Bus Power (mA): 500
    Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
    Manufacturer: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.-S2640-
    Product ID: 0x2641
    Vendor ID: 0x05a9
  17. myfri macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2008
    Hi, I have the same Screen (Dell SP2208 with the Webcam) but don't work with my Macbook Pro and Leopard.

    and what do you change on the color profile, for the best resolution color?

    thanks for your answer
  18. rblum5 macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2007
    Which mac mini and video card do you have?

  19. 47songs macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2008
    mac mini

    rbrum5, I've got the first original least expensive one-1.25GHz, but with added ram of 1gb. Video card is ATI radeon 9200, 32mb.

    My next mini will be loaded with as much as I can get into it!;)
  20. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    I dont see why a Webcam wouldnt work.

    Tiger and Leopard support all sorts of USB cameras.

    Hell, even the iSight in both the MBPs, MBs, and iMacs is run through the USB bus IIRC.
  21. rblum5 macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2007
    My mini is the intel core duo and the video is integrated on the mother board, not a separate video card. I think it uses the main cpu. The DVI connection worked straight away.
  22. af3556 macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    If the screen isn't working, well I don't know what would be causing that. I briefly tried a Macbook Pro on the screen and it looked fine.

    If the webcam isn't working for you I strongly suggest trying a good quality USB cable (i.e. the one that came with the monitor) directly to the computer, not via any other hub.

    I changed the colour profile by using the "Display Calibrator Assistant" built into OS X (both 10.4 and 10.5). Open the Displays System Preference, select the "Color" tab for the monitor you want to calibrate, and click the "Calibrate..." button. Note that manually tweaking the colour this way is prone to less than optimal results (e.g. I never seem to be able to get two identical configs from multiple calibrations), I soon hope to buy a hardware calibration device (e.g. a Spyder2Express).

    Now that I've had the monitor for a little longer I'm still happy with it, though I have noticed that the contrast changes quite significantly depending on the vertical viewing angle - i.e. one of my kids must have tilted the monitor down slightly, which left me pondering why the colours seemed a little washed out... Not a big deal though.
  23. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Still love this thing, but I do wish I could get the mic working. It's a bit obnoxious
  24. Captain Nemo macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2008
    Hi hookem12387 and af3556, I am looking at this monitor and have a couple of questions if you guys don't mind. I registered here just for the occasion. :)

    Are you running leopard? And if so does it work with both Photo Booth and iChat in Leopard? My friend has a Viewsonic vx2255wmb with a cam that did work with both Photo Booth and iChat in Tiger, but only works with iChat in Leopard.

    As far as I know this is a glossy screen, do you find this to be a problem when/if doing work in photoshop?

    Also according to a guy in here: the mic is able to work with a change in settings (the 41 to 48 thing), let me know if it works for you.
  25. af3556 macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    Yep - originally 10.5.1, now 10.5.2.

    The cam and mic work both in Photo Booth and iChat.

    NOTE: I originally had a problem with the camera that only the top few lines were visible and the rest of the image is green (this is in Photo Booth and iChat). I thought the problem was wholly due to a dodgy USB cable as it began working properly when I replaced the cable. However I have had two recurrences of this issue even with the good cable. These problems occurred when I had my USB 1.1 keyboard and mouse plugged into the monitor's hub, I have now moved those back directly to the Mac and will see if that fixes things for good.

    For kicks I plugged in a USB 2.0 flash drive into the monitor's USB hub, and the camera chugged along fine when transferring files to/from the drive. (I thought it had hung at first until I realised Photo Booth pauses the image when it's not the active app).

    In short, when the camera isn't working properly: a) the first few lines of the image are good, the rest is green, and b) it seems very sensitive to cable quality and certain other (slow?) devices sharing the bus. But when it works, the image and sound quality is good (for a webcam).

    Note that the monitor itself has always performed flawlessly.

    I'm not a fan of glossy screens, the SP2008WFP's much the same as any other in this regard. I don't know you'll have much choice these days - everyone seems to want a shiny screen.

    The mic has always worked for me, even when the camera acted up.

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