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Dell Monitor.LCD question (1 Viewer)

Anthony Moore

Supporting Actor
Jul 12, 2001
I was looking into this monitor:


It says it has component inputs. Is it HD-ready? If I got my cable company's HD cable service and connected it to this monitor, will the picture be as good as an hd-ready television? A little worse?

Diagonal Size: 20.1"
Viewable Size: 20.1"
Display Type: Flat panel display/TFT active matrix - desktop
Depth: 9.67"
Height: With stand: 25" (fully extended in portrait mode), 18" (compressed/locked in landscape mode)
Weight: 18.72 lbs (with stand and head)
Width: 17.6"
Image Max H-View Angle: ± 88° (typical)
Image Max V-View Angle: ± 88° (typical)
Analog Video Format: Analog RGB
Analog Video Signal: 0.7 Volts ± 5%, 75 ohm input impedance
Cable(s) included: 1 x 15-pin D-Sub and 1 x 24-pin DVI-D cable
Color Support: Yes
Compliant Standards: ENERGY STAR®
Connectivity Technology: Cable
Digital Video Format: DVI-D TMDS
Dot Pitch: 0.255 mm pixel pitch
Enclosure Color: Midnight Gray
Factory Preset Resolution Modes: 720x400 @ 70.1 Hz, 640x480 @ 59.9 Hz, 640x480 @ 75 Hz, 800x600 @ 60.3 Hz, 800x600 @ 75 Hz, 1024x768 @ 60 Hz, 1024x768 @ 75 Hz, 1152x864 @ 75 Hz, 1280x1024 @ 60 Hz, 1280x1024 @ 75 Hz, 1600x1200 @ 60 Hz
Front Panel Controls: Input Select, OSD Menu and Select, Minus (-) and Plus (+), Brightness / Contrast, Auto Adjust, Power Button and Indicator
Image Brightness: 250 cd/m2 (typical)
Image Contrast Ratio: 400:1
Lamp Type: CCFL (6) edgelight system
Max Operating Temperature: 95°F
Max Resolution: Up to 1600x1200 Pixels
Max Sync Rate (V x H): 76 Hz x 80 kHz
Min Operating Temperature: 41°F
Port(s) Total ( Free ) / Connector Type: 1 x 15-pin D-sub, 1 x 24-pin Digital DVI-D, 1 x S-Video, 1 x Composite Video, 5 x USB (1 Upstream and 4 Downstream)
Power Consumption Operational: 90 W (max. with USB and Soundbar)
Power Consumption Operational ( Standby : Less than 3 W Avg. (Active-off mode)
Video Input: Analog RGB, Digital DVI-D TMDS, S-Video, Composite Video
Voltage Required: 90 to 264 VAC
Humidity Range Operating: 10% to 80% (non-condensing)
OSD Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese
Compatibility: PC

Ken Chan

Senior HTF Member
Apr 11, 1999
It's composite -- yellow RCA cable -- not component. It's not intended to be an HDTV.


Supporting Actor
Jan 8, 2003
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With either a computer based HD tuner or something like Viewsonic's tuner box you can spit an HDTV signal out to it.

Anthony Moore

Supporting Actor
Jul 12, 2001

So if I got an HD tuner card for my pc, how would I hook in my monitor? Through what connection?

Also, what kind of quality are we looking at though? 1080i? 720? Not that high?


Aug 22, 2000
With your cable companies cable box you could use either a VGA cable or a DVI cable (depending on which cable box you get). The LCD resolution is probably 1600x1200 or maybe 1280x1024 (I can't seem to see the native resolution in the specs).

It will probably work, the big question will be how the monitor handles a non "standard" resolution coming out of the cable box (will it scale the image or will it show native in the screen/cut off a portion). The local BestBuy has a 17" LCD monitor hooked up to a DVD player (standard progressive, not one of the upscaling models) and it works great.


Ken Chan

Senior HTF Member
Apr 11, 1999
The Dell 2001FP is 1600x1200. This means that for 1080i HD, you won't get "all the pixels", because that's 1920 across. The picture would have to be downscaled, probably to 1280x720. There are widescreen LCD monitors with 1920, and a few high-end CRTs that will do up to 2048 (or more).

You usually plug the VGA output of your video card into the HD tuner card, then connect the tuner card to the monitor, also with VGA. Some cards offer DVI as an add-on. The tuner card will then pass through the regular video. You can watch HD in a window, in which case it overlays the HD on the regular video, or fullscreen, in which case it cuts off the regular video entirely.

At that point, as Andrew said, it depends on how the monitor handles the 16:9 resolution. Never tried the 2001FP.

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