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need advise on monitor

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Eric Samonte, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. Eric Samonte

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    Dell's 2005FPW is now at $420 shipped but I'm also thinking of the BenQ FP202W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ATT=BenQFP202W)
    at $450 shipped. Latter has 8 ms response time but only has 1 year warranty unlike Dell's 3. Can anyone chime in on this please?
     
  2. Scott Merryfield

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    If you can live with a 19" display, here is a great buy. I've owned a similar model for over a year now.
     
  3. Mike Fassler

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    you cant go wrong with the dell lcd's if you have the money, I have 4 of them currently. the 2005FPW is a great choice and for that price its a steal, IMO these are about the best lcd monitors you can get. Im a pretty hardcore gamer and these monitors are awesome, no sign of ghosting at all, only problem I originally had in the beginning was having a system beefy enough to run them at the native resolutions while gaming. And they have a 3 year warranty which is really good for lcd monitors. Before I started using these I was using a Sony trinitron G500 while a little old by todays standards it is still very badass to game on, it just takes up a ton of real estate on the desk.

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  4. Christ Reynolds

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    i agree with mike, although my experience is very limited. i received my 2405fpw yesterday, and i love it so far.

    CJ
     
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    I just got the BenQ from newegg, its a beautiful display and no dead pixels. Just be prepared its huge if you're not used to a big display already. Also be sure your video card can support the high native resolution required by these monitors. 1680x1050 is what I run at.
     
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    Check the Deals page. The price on the Dell is now under $400 shipped.

    Dell 2005FPW
     
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    From that link: Who's responsible for these ridiculous acronyms?
     
  8. Eric Samonte

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    Thanks for replies guys! I pulled the trigger just this morning when I saw the deal putting it at $396..but I also got one of those Dell $35 off coupon so it came out at $384 delivered. Now another question...do these monitors ship with neccessary cavles or do I have to get one?
     
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    It comes with a DVI cable and power cable. You shouldn't need anything more.
     
  10. Christ Reynolds

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    my 2405 came with both the dvi and vga cables.

    CJ
     
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    By the way, a warning about widescreen LCD monitors: a lot of graphics cards won't support them in the "native" resolutions like 1280x768, 1440x900 and 1920x1080. [​IMG] The newest ATI and nVidia chipset cards with DVI-D outputs do, though, provided you use the latest display driver.

    For computer use, I'd rather stick with a 19" LCD at 1280x1024 resolution--most graphics cards can output to this resolution easily. [​IMG]
     
  12. Ken Chui

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    I'm considering an LCD as well; problem is, very few of them are HDCP-compliant (i.e. Windows Vista-ready) and are a tad expensive at the moment (the lowest street price is $600 for the Gateway FPD2185W). Firing Squad did a round-up, testing 5 of the 12 models on the market currently. Maybe I should hold on to my CRT for now and put the funds toward memory (Inquirer article)? [​IMG]
     
  13. Eric Samonte

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    I just updated the drivers for my X800GTO and am seeing the 1680 x 1050 as one of the resolutions available. So I guess I'm good to go.
     
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    Would any of you use the 24 or 30 models as a TV monitor? With it having composite, component, DVI and S-Video inputs I wonder how it would look from a TIVO or Direct TV.
     
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    As Ken alluded to, the Dell's are not HDCP-compliant (hardly any monitor is right now), so you won't be able to connect, say, a DirecTV HD-Tivo from its HDMI output to a Dell monitor via DVI.

    -Christian
     
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    Hey wait, there is tons of ghosting on the Dell 2005FPW monitors...well, at least according to those who bought the Benq FP202W and the Viewsonic VX2025wm (both 16x10 widescreen monitors). The latter have almost no ghosting.

    If you plan to watching movies on the Dell, be prepared to be disappointed. Although, it can't possibly be any worse than the Dell 1905FP monitors...movies are completely unwatchable on those.
     
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    No, until they are reviewed by the excellent hardware tests at www.behardware.com - they run a battery of video, gaming, and color reproduction tests on new monitors. I consider their reviews definitive on monitor performance.

    You will likely see tons of ghosting and other artifacts on these monitors, unless you specifically get a monitor that is designed from the ground up for video use - if the monitor is targetted towards PC users it will very likely have poor performance in video.

    With that said, behardware.com has tested the new Dell 3007WFP 30" 2560x1600 "MONSTERRRRRRRRR" monitor (oh and it supports HDCP):

    http://www.behardware.com/articles/6...p-30-inch.html

    This is how ALL monitor reviews should be done...
     
  18. Christ Reynolds

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    that last one should be 1920x1200.

    it's a little too far to say "most" cards wont support native widescreen resolution. most older cards wont, but i dont know of any modern card that has trouble.

    CJ
     
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    I bought my Dell 2005FPW pretty much just for gaming and there is absolutely no ghosting what so ever. Just read some of the gaming boards where a vast majority of gamers have bought the Dell LCD's, they usually swear by them. So not sure where those ghosting reports have come from.
     
  20. Eric Samonte

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    Well..not to brag but I usually watch movies in my HT with an 8 foot wide screen....so no...this one's strictly for playing games and watching some porn..err..I meant corn.. ...editng photos/videos, web design, etc.
     

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