Several weeks ago, we took a look at seven moderately priced 19" LCD monitors hoping to find a monitor that combined the best in performance, price and quality. Since then, Dell was generous enough to give us one of their newest 19" LCD models, the much famed 1905FP. The Dell UltraSharp 1905FP and its larger brother, the 2005FPW, are the eventual replacements for the 1901FP and the much acclaimed 2001FP displays. The Dell 2001FP has been one of the most fantastic displays that we ever had the pleasure of working with; it sports excellent resolution, great user interface, additional inputs and an unbeatable price. However, like all things in the computer industry, a lot can change in a year. Even though the 2001FP was an exceptionally bright monitor for a flat panel capable of 1600x1200 resolutions, newer Samsung, LG.Philips LCD and AUO panels all sport better specifications and the OEMs have started to implement these newer panels.

Dell UltraSharp 1905FP (right) with a Dell UltraSharp 2001FP close by (left)

Undoubtedly, the 1905FP has a lot to live up to given the legacy of the 2001FP. We were not able to get a sample of the 2005FPW in time for this review, but we will get a full comprehensive look at that display in the next few weeks.

Since we just finished a roundup a few weeks ago, Dell has it particularly tough because the 1905FP must outperform all of our other 19" LCDs to win our hearts.

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  • jb1677 - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    #13 Are the actualy dimensions for the panel itself documented anywhere? I have scoured the net but cant find them, just dimensions of the entire monitor.
  • REMF - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    the review is 'specifically' wrong on this fact, i bought one for the parents, great monitor, but it is indeed 5:4
  • jb1677 - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    #8 The review specifically states that the panel is 4:3:
    "the UltraSharp 1905FP screen can pivot 90 degrees on its side to convert the 19" 4:3 aspect ratio into a 3:4 ratio instead"

    So its 4:3 with a non 4:3 native resolution?%!@?# Why do makers do this! Is there any maker that does not do this in a 19"? It seems that if you want a panel whos native resolution is the same ratio as its physical dimentions then you need to get a 15, 17 or 20, no 19's!
  • MAME - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    "Fast motion was on par with what we expected for this game; we certainly didn't notice any motion blur, but if the Dell 1905FP is your first LCD, then you will notice a difference immediately."

    What do you mean by "ifference"? Not as good as a CRT?
  • plewis00 - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    #6 is right, 1400 x 1050 or above would be about right for a 19" panel, even 1600 x 1200, especially as we are seeing laptops with that kind of resolution, plus its the correct 4:3 aspect.

    I'm surprised about the USB hub comment, I had an AOC LM919 about 2 years ago and that had a 4-port hub on it and I'm sure I've seen NECs with them too.
  • headbox - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    I like an in-depth review, but taking apart a monitor is overkill.
  • Ozenmacher - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    No, I think its 5:4
  • jb1677 - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    Correct me if I am wrong but the physical screen dimentions are 4:3 but the resolution is 1280x1024 which is not a 4:3 resolution. Will this not cause things to be displayed slightly "off"? A correct resolution would be 1280x960 or 1400x1050 etc etc.
  • Burbot - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    Am I the only insane person that considers 1400x1050 to be *the* right resolution for 19" LCDs? 17" is fine at 12x10. 21" is fine at 16x12. Can somebody get the pattern?
  • LtPage1 - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    youve never seen an LCD with integrated usb hub? HELLO apple cinema displays. which also have firewire 400. otherwise, on par with the sites fantastic standard of quality.

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