Dell UltraSharp 1905FP
Manufacturer: Dell, Inc. Part number: T6116
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CNET editors' review
price range: $205.82
- Reviewed by: Seán Captain
- Edited by: Felisa Yang
- Reviewed on: 01/13/2005
- Released on: 10/04/2004
The good: Good sharpness and color fidelity; highly adjustable; fair price.
The bad: Lack of advanced image controls; minor color problems in midtones.
The bottom line: The 1905FP is a fantastic, well-priced monitor for nearly all users.
Excellent LCD Excellent Price
by epbiel on May 13, 2005
Pros: Just about everything
Cons: DVI connection overrides some menu adjustments (No Biggy)
Summary: I bought the 1905FP based on all the positive reviews here. I'm glad that I ignored some of the negative reviews. To begin with it took Dell only 2 ...
Summary: I bought the 1905FP based on all the positive reviews here. I'm glad that I ignored some of the negative reviews. To begin with it took Dell only 2 days to ship this beauty. When I opened the box the first thing I got to handle was the HEAVY and STURDY base of the monitor. I already knew that I was in for a treat. The actual screen snapped onto the base without a hitch.
I had one minor glitch during setup. When I hooked her up and booted up my PC the monitor couldn't read the DVI signal. I hooked up my old monitor and adjusted the resolution to the 1905FPs Native Resolution.
Plugged the 1905FP back in and was off to the races.
A lot of the negative reviews were based on
a) Too much brightness
b) Lousy Colors
c) Some menu adjustments being disabled.
Initially I agreed with the negative reviews. I chose to sit back and take a deep breath before I got all flustered. I went into the Nvidia control panel and was able to adjust everythng without having to utilize the on screen menu. In fact I believe that I had more flexibility by utilizing my Video Card software rather than attempting to adjust the monitor by having to hook up the analog cable.
The price was $527 Cdn including taxes.
I must stress that I'm not a gamer. I use my PC mainly for Office 2003, Surfing, and Corel Draw. For those gamers that are disappointed with this monitor one only has to look at the specs and check out the response rate before making a purchase.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this unit for Internet and Graphics use. Just take the time to utilize your video card software and you'll be a happy camperUpdated
Granted Dells Installation CD sucks. I have 3 recommendations to deal with both the washed out colours and switching display orientation.
If you right click and explore the Dell CD you'll find a 1905FP Profile File. Right Click and install the make that your default color profile in your display settings.
I updated my Nvidia software that includes settings to switch desktop orientation.
Patience is a virtue.
46 out of 46 users found this user opinion helpful.
Gamers Should Look Elsewhere
Pros: I was looking for a good midrange LCD that I could use for games, the internet, and a little bit of drafting work, and this looked like it fit the bill. It's got VGA and DVI connectors, and a four port usb hub. It seems to have a good reputation and min
Cons: once things start moving, it falls apart pretty fast. Half Life 2 was unplayable. And I'm not just being a little picky. When I moved, the whole screen was one giant blur. At some points, the ghosts would trail by at least an inch and a half. This th
39 out of 43 users found this user opinion helpful.
Ridiculously BRIGHT, washed out, overrated
by Ron Scott on June 10, 2005
Pros: Nice aesthetic design.
Cons: Way too bright. Everything gets washed out. Hurts the eyes. 2 thumbs down.
Summary: I bought this “top-rated” Dell 19” LCD based on the reviews on this forum and because it would look good on my home desk, knowing that my older Princeton 17” ...
Summary: I bought this “top-rated” Dell 19” LCD based on the reviews on this forum and because it would look good on my home desk, knowing that my older Princeton 17” CRT would probably perform better in actual use. (Man, was I right!) I use it for MS Office work and websurfing. Paid $370 shipped.
We use 15” and 17” IBM LCDs at work and I’ve got a mix at home, so I have a few points of comparison. If the bulkiness of a good 17” CRT doesn’t bother you, buy it. The benefits in color saturation, true-deep blacks, and overall clarity can easily outweigh the cool-factor of a big LCD.
If you NEED an LCD, this Dell is NOT the way to go. Very sharp looking and sleek. Controls are fine/intuitive. The picture is BRIGHT. I knocked it down to 0% (ZERO) and it is still way too BRIGHT.
Virtually everything looks washed out. Very annoying. I’m using a Dell computer and native resolution for the monitor. I switched to Large Font with XP Clear Type and that works for most applications. Some websites still look a bit lost. (19” is LARGE!)
Oblique viewing is not recommended and the black level is poor. I also had to set the color tone to a red bias to keep some richness in there. Helped a little...
I know there have been excellent reviews of this monitor and CNET gave it their nod for best-in-class. My guess is that the manufacturing of these monitors is inconsistent...not a good sign.
Bottom line: NOT RECOMMENDED
35 out of 39 users found this user opinion helpful.
Truly the best value
by DoyleTX on May 19, 2005
Pros: Great price, great definition, great size, great contrast, great extras
Cons: I can't find any yet...
Summary: As a professional video editor, I was looking to replace my slightly blurry 21" NEC CRT with 2 sleek new LCD's. Not having really investigated the specs and features ...
Summary: As a professional video editor, I was looking to replace my slightly blurry 21" NEC CRT with 2 sleek new LCD's. Not having really investigated the specs and features of most LCD's, I pretty much started from scratch with sites like this that reviewed them. And I had decided on 19" or above. After comparing all the pertinent info in each category and from different manufacturers, I decided on the Dell for the features and the unbelievable price (I got 2 for $300 each from Dell).
Upon receiving the monitors, it was extremely easy to set them up and get them configured with my dual DVI Nvidia Quadro4 900XGL video card. I wasn't altogether sure I was going to like the jump doing video editing and graphic design with some LCD's instead of my trusty CRT, but I'm glad I decided on the 1905fp. After about :30 seconds with these things I was convinced that I had made the right decision. Text is crisp. Colors are vibrant (even better than my CRT). Brightness is...well...bright. Some test video in my Avid editing application looks very good. Why did I wait so long to get some of these?!! Now I can't wait to edit my next video project.
10 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Bright, rich colors but average performance
by marshalt on May 21, 2005
Pros: Brilliant colors, bright, very nice design
Cons: Ghosting is noticable
Summary: Overall I like this monitor. Its big, bright and very rich. Very crisp with a DVR cable, and acceptable on regualar VGA cable. Very sturdy, quality construction. However, the CNET ...
Summary: Overall I like this monitor. Its big, bright and very rich. Very crisp with a DVR cable, and acceptable on regualar VGA cable. Very sturdy, quality construction. However, the CNET review makes it sound like this would be a good choice for gamers, but it does show some ghosting. If you are sensitive to this, you will not like this monitor.
I bought mine on ebay for 320. Its a good purchase at 400 or less, but not above!
11 out of 14 users found this user opinion helpful.
Clear and bright, but not for gamers
by tracksuit on July 5, 2005
Pros: Size. Crisp text and graphics. Nice color.
Cons: 25ms (optimal) response time is too slow for clear gaming.
Summary: After calibrating my monitor I was very impressed with the clarity, color and uniformity of graphics from this monitor.It works well for nearly all purposes except gaming. Fast motions ...
Summary: After calibrating my monitor I was very impressed with the clarity, color and uniformity of graphics from this monitor.It works well for nearly all purposes except gaming. Fast motions present a small but noticeable haze that is absent from old style (CRT) monitors. Serious gamers will probably find this annoying, but casual players and users probably won't mind it that much. If you plan to do a lot of gaming, look for a monitor with 8ms response time or less.
8 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Beautiful Screen - Flawless
by ComputerUser37 on July 29, 2005
Pros: Bright, Sharp, Big Screen -- Excellent Value
Cons: None that I think of
Summary: This screen is absolutely beautiful (flawless) in every way imaginable. First off, the stand is magnificent -- you can position the monitor at any height, angle, or even put in ...
Summary: This screen is absolutely beautiful (flawless) in every way imaginable. First off, the stand is magnificent -- you can position the monitor at any height, angle, or even put in portrait mode (but I'm not sure I will use that feature much). The screen is extremely vibrant and detailed -- so much sharper than my old 19" CRT. And for the price (300 dollars after discounts), I can't imagine any monitor even coming close to this one -- I recently made a trip to the computer store, and all the 19" monitors were priced at 600-900 dollars, and those monitors can't even compare to the quality of the screen and the incredible stand. Not to mention, if you buy the Dell 5650 5.1 Digital surround speakers, the monitor includes a nifty little clip to hold your "center" channel speaker. I know some people have complained about the maximum resolution only being 1280 X 1024, but unless you are a graphic artist or a person with "eagle eyes," I find the resolution to be refreshingly comfortable, crisp, and "readable." Don't buy any other 19" flat panel -- this is the best one on the market!
7 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Looks good - where's the support
Pros: Great reviews, so I purchased. It worked and looked great..for about 2 hours. 2 horizontal lines appeared at this time. I tried all recomended fixes, to no avail.
Cons: Dell support really stinks. I had this monitor hooked up and looking good for approx. 2hrs.This was less time than it took me to actually speak to someone about the two horizontal lines running through the center of my screen. I think I understud what the
8 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
Beware - has brightness problems
by kutzsche on September 7, 2005
Pros: Bright, beautiful colors, nice contrast
Cons: Too bright, washed out colors
Summary: I encountered the very same problem many other users have complained about: this monitor is too bright and the brightness adjustment is not sufficient. If you only do textprocessing and ...
Summary: I encountered the very same problem many other users have complained about: this monitor is too bright and the brightness adjustment is not sufficient. If you only do textprocessing and don't care about images, you might never notice. I have tried to calibrate this monitor for my image processing needs, and failed. The monitor is much too bright and can not be adjusted properly. I don't understand how CNET can rate this monitor so highly, colors are washed out and ridiculously bright. Unlike some, I do not believe this is a quality control issue, I think this is just how the monitor was designed. Dell added and extra brightness boost, but forgot the adjustments. The brightness lever actually does work, it's not broken, it just isn't sufficient.
Otherwise, this monitor is beautiful and without that flaw would have been great. As it is, I can not recommend it though.
Stay away and buy something else.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Not for Gamers Period.
by Imparfait on September 2, 2005
Pros: Beautiful vibrant display, bright, with excellent colours and sharpness. USB 2.0 Hub and a Smart allround design
Cons: Extremely poor gaming performance, unbelievable amounst of motion blur. Almost too bright.
Summary: When I first purchased this monitor I did it under the guise that it was perhaps the best 19' LCD monitor availabe. Anandtech, for instance, rated it best beyond anything ...
Summary: When I first purchased this monitor I did it under the guise that it was perhaps the best 19' LCD monitor availabe. Anandtech, for instance, rated it best beyond anything else they had encountered.
While it is true that the colours of this monitor are perhaps unsurpassed by others in its range, when it came down to its gaming performance, ie its response time, I found it extremely lacking.
If you read Anandtech's review they mention that the response time is 20ms, perhaps a small downside to it being an 8 bit panel. They also mention little to no motion blur during games, to a point where it is hardly noticeable.
This could be no further from the truth. When I first turned it on and loaded up FEAR sp demo, the first thing I noticed was blur. In the beginning I thought it was simply because I wasn't running at native resolution and that It was a pretty new and taxing game, but as I shifted through my immediate collection (Swat 4, Splinter Cell 3, BF2, WoW and even Dungeon Siege 2)It became even more apparent.
This LCD CANNOT cope with indoor environments, as soon as you have black on black, or shades of grey it starts motion bluring as if you were in the matrix itself. It became so distracting that I finally realised I have to return it. The key deciding factor in that is simply because my old Philips 150 S3 15'LCD monitor has better response time and less motion blur than my new 1905FP does in the same situations.
If a 3+ year old monitor is outperforming a brand new one something is wrong.
Ultimatly, if you plan on just wordprocessing, doing office stuff and watching movies it is a great monitor and highly recommended.
If you like gaming at all, you will be sorely dissapointed. From hardcore to mediocre gamer, this monitor should not be your choice.
Because I did like the image quality so much, and simply wanted better response time, I am upgrading my 1905FP to the 2405FPW. Hopefully it will perform better in games...
Sorry Dell, this LCD is just not a winner.
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Dell, Inc.
- Part number: T6116
- Description: The Dell UltraSharp 1905FP Flat Panel Monitor redefines the performance of LCD displays with a stylish new Dell industrial design, advanced functionality and the best in LCD panel technology. Whether for corporate or home use, the UltraSharp 1905FP maximizes the viewing experience with a thin bezel and panel that swivels, tilts and pivots to satisfy the most demanding of users. Simple yet efficient on-screen controls enable the users to customize to their needs. It utilizes an Active Matrix TFT LCD that displays sharp and brilliant images of text and graphics with a maximum resolution up to 1280x1024 pixels. Fast 20 ms response time delivers excellent image quality in high motion applications reducing ghosting, jagged edges enabling crisp, clear images. With 800: 1 contrast ratio for high color accuracy and uniformity, this monitor is ideal for usage in a variety of environments from trading floors to graphic design and healthcare. Wider base provides stability, while the integrated rubber sleeve provides a clean cable management solution. With four USB 2.0 ports, two located on the side of the display, the 1905FP enhances your visual experience.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
- Diagonal Size 19 in
- Viewable Size 19 in
- Built-in Devices USB hub
- Aspect Ratio 4:3
- Native Resolution 1280 x 1024 at 75 Hz
- Pixel Pitch 0.294 mm
- Brightness 250 cd/m2
- Image Contrast Ratio 800:1
- Response Time 20 ms
- Vertical Refresh Rate 75 Hz
- Horizontal Refresh Rate 80 kHz
- Horizontal Viewing Angle +85 / -85
- Vertical Viewing Angle +85 / -85
- Controls & Adjustments Power on/off,
- Color Midnight gray
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.3 in x 8.4 in x 16.4 in
- Weight 15.2 lbs
- Type None
- Type None
- Interfaces 4 x Hi-Speed USB downstream - 4 pin USB Type A,
1 x Hi-Speed USB upstream - 4 pin USB Type B,
1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15),
1 x DVI-D - 24 pin digital DVI
- Connections 4
- Display Position Adjustments Pivot (rotation),
- Flat Panel Mount Interface 100 x 100 mm
- Features Wall mountable
- Power Supply Internal
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Software / System Requirements
- Included Software Drivers & Utilities
- Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 10 - 80%