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rucknraul
07-29-2005, 09:59 AM
I was just wondering about the Dell Ultrasharp 2005FPW.

Is it a good buy? It shurely fits into my budget and is quite good looking. I've read many good things about it but was wondering about the "backlight" issues that were mentionned by many people. Is it a "to good to be true" type of thang? Does it have a 110/220 voltage switch for American and European usage!!

I know it is not an Eizo or any other "for professionals" monitor that I can't afford but it does seem to be a good price/performance product.

I mostly work in Painter, Photoshop, CATIA, Autocad, 3dsMax, do some webbrowsing, watch movies. Almost no game playing. Any help or comment would be greatly apreciated.

My comp:


Wacom Intuos 3 9x12 Tablet

P4 3.0Ghz E
1 Gb Ram
Asus P4C800E Deluxe
Club 3D ATI RADEON 9600 Pro ( Nothing but trouble)

2 Western digital SATA 36.7 Gb 10,000 RPM in raid0
1 Hitachi deskstar P- ATA 120 Gb
And a crappy noname 19" CRT monitor (That would eventualy be replaced by the Dell Ultrasharp 2005FPW)

heavyness
07-29-2005, 03:00 PM
i bought 2 Dell 2005FPWs [one for me, one for my wife]. we both love them.

don't know about the Europe/voltage plug thing and don't know what you mean by "backlight," but this monitor rocks. i get great color for a flat screen, games have no ghosting, its light and easy to move/adjust, and it has picture in picture 4 total inputs.

for the money, you can't beat it. the highest res it gets to is 1680x1050 [wish it went a bit higher, but at that price, you can buy two].

i've only read good things about it and the screen is the same screen found in Apples.

Joel Hooks
07-29-2005, 03:04 PM
Don't pay over $400. I see them for $380 with all the coupon codes on a regular basis.

I bought one a couple weeks ago. With a solid black background there is a little light blead from the edges, but it is not noticable otherwise. We watch movies and stuff on it with no issues. There is some "strobing" while I play counterstrike. But it isn't that big of a deal.

rucknraul
07-29-2005, 03:51 PM
Don't pay over $400. I see them for $380 with all the coupon codes on a regular basis.

I bought one a couple weeks ago. With a solid black background there is a little light blead from the edges, but it is not noticable otherwise. We watch movies and stuff on it with no issues. There is some "strobing" while I play counterstrike. But it isn't that big of a deal.

Well Joel, i have bad news for you or me rather. I live in france and the nice people from Dell dicided to sell these babies to their overseas clients for about 650$ US taxes and shipping included and that's with a 25% reduction. They usualy sell for around 960$ US. I wonder how they come up with these prices. Importation taxes can't justify the diffrence in price... can it?

[QUOTE=there is a little light blead from the edges[/QUOTE]

That's what i was talking about when i refered to the "backlight" problem. I heard it does'nt happen on the 24" model and that they've fixed it on the newer 20". But if you say that it's not a problem...

Considering the price of the Dell 20" lcd in France does anyone have another suggestion?


P.S. Sorry if i make mistakes. English is not my first language.

SweetDreamz
07-29-2005, 06:17 PM
Samsung 193P+? L90D+?

The 193P+ has a high contrast ratio(1000:1) and it has really nice colours. It has a native resolution of 1280x1024

The Dell has issues with backlighting which annoys me alot 'cause I watch TV/movies on my comp.(My TV's colours are screwed up)

Joel Hooks
07-29-2005, 06:24 PM
I don't notice it all all when watching TV or movies, only on a fully black screen. It is very faint.

You could have somebody in the US buy it and ship it to france cheaper than $650!

SheepFactory
07-29-2005, 07:00 PM
I don't notice it all all when watching TV or movies, only on a fully black screen. It is very faint.

You could have somebody in the US buy it and ship it to france cheaper than $650!


No you cant. I have shipped packages much smaller then the dell 2005fp to france and its not cheap.

Valkyrien
07-29-2005, 10:08 PM
coupon codes Joel? Where're you finding these? I'd much rather have a pair of these than two 19" 4:3 LGs, and the price difference at $380 would be negligible...:p

SweetDreamz
07-29-2005, 10:38 PM
There are some coupon codes of the 2005 right now. I think one expires today or something.

Two site:
www.fatwallet.com (http://www.fatwallet.com)
www.techbargains.com (http://www.techbargains.com)

Valkyrien
07-30-2005, 05:39 AM
heh, looks like those sites just inform you that dell has products on sale. Too bad though, it'd be nice to get an additional 40% off those 2005FPWs... :drool:

iambic
07-30-2005, 10:09 AM
I was just wondering about the Dell Ultrasharp 2005FPW.




Why don't you consider the 2001FPW, they are cheaper, you get more pixels, and they pair better with a 2405FPW which has the same vertical resolution......

catamount
07-30-2005, 01:37 PM
dot pitch is sharper on the 2005FPW. widescreen rocks my world. :)

lokki
07-30-2005, 09:23 PM
Dell had some outrageous sales going on this past week for US customers. A good place to find out about the coupons and other deals is Bensbargains.net

Again, most of the stuff listed is for US customers.

victor
07-30-2005, 10:09 PM
Yes there are backlight issues, but not on every 2005.

Here is the original one I got and the replacement Dell sent me next to it:

http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/5292/new20053nl.jpg

Also, the color consistency is not perfect (Apple's 20 inch display has the same problem), but for the price, it's definitely worth it.

Poco
07-31-2005, 01:57 PM
Lots of info about this LCD in this huge 108 page thread:
http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=830031&page=1&pp=20

Shogmaster
07-31-2005, 05:02 PM
dot pitch is sharper on the 2005FPW. widescreen rocks my world. :)

The dot pitch is the same on the two panel IIRC, and widescreen on computer monitors are kind of moot issue when most creative apps are better suited for 4:3, especially when you want to create 16:9 image with them.

catamount
07-31-2005, 05:25 PM
The dot pitch is the same on the two panel IIRC, and widescreen on computer monitors are kind of moot issue when most creative apps are better suited for 4:3, especially when you want to create 16:9 image with them.

something must be wrong with your eyes. square is square. rectangle is rectangle. people keep saying this and that circles look off, but i dont understand.

yes photoshop maximizes in a widescreen position, but the window ie your image you create is a square. ie 1680 x 1050 (WS) or 1600 x 1200. (FS).

the dotpitch on the 2005 is narrower.

Valkyrien
07-31-2005, 09:18 PM
something must be wrong with your eyes. square is square. rectangle is rectangle. people keep saying this and that circles look off, but i dont understand.

yes photoshop maximizes in a widescreen position, but the window ie your image you create is a square. ie 1680 x 1050 (WS) or 1600 x 1200. (FS).

the dotpitch on the 2005 is narrower.

i think he was saying that when you create a 16:9 image on a 4:3 monitor, you have room above and below for toolbars and whatnot, so you can see it as large as possible:)

rucknraul
08-02-2005, 07:03 AM
Thanx for all the info guys!:)

By the way can annyone who owns a 2005 fwp tell me if there is a 110/220 voltage switch in the back? This is important since I may be moving back to Canada next summer and i don't want to have to buy a power adapter.:sad:

I dunno this LCD is pretty tempting but i might wait to see if prices drop on that 24 incher.
What do you guys think?:shrug:

iambic
08-02-2005, 01:04 PM
something must be wrong with your eyes. square is square. rectangle is rectangle. people keep saying this and that circles look off, but i dont understand.


I think you chaps are confusing dot pitch/resolution with pixel aspect ratio. Computers have square pixels and analogue tv's have rectanglar pixels. A circle made on a PC will only look like a circle on a PAL telly if its been rendered at 720x576 with a 4:3 pixel aspect ratio, or at 768x576 with square pixels...not sure about the numbers for NTSC.

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