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Review: Dell 2405FPW Widescreen LCD Display

by Ryszard Sommefeldt on 7 November 2005, 08:15

Tags: Dell 2405FPW, Dell (NASDAQ:DELL)

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Specification

LCD monitor specs are a dangerous grey area sometimes. Often containing lies, damn lies and statistics designed to con, it pays to keep an open mind about such things. As we've always maintained at HEXUS, the best way to buy a monitor is to see it in action before you write the cheque. There's no better judge of a monitor's quality than the eyes that'll have to gaze at it for hours on end. So while it's worth listing a few specs, keep in mind that the best measurement of a monitor is sitting down in front of it.

Dell 2405FPW Specification
SpecificationValue
Pixel Array 1920x1200, WUXGA, RGB subpixels
Display Size 24 inch diagonal
Luminance 500cd/m² typical max (claimed)
0.55cd/m² min
Contrast 1000:1 claimed
Viewing Angles ±89° horizontal
±89° vertical
Pixel pitch 0.27mm
Inputs DVI-D (digital)
DSUB VGA (analogue)
S-Video (analogue>
Composite (analogue)
Component RGB (analogue)
Power Consumption 80W peak
Pixel Response 12ms black-to-white
16ms grey-to-grey
VESA Mountable Yes (100mm)
I/O USB2.0 (1 upstream, 4 downstream)
9-in-1 media reader

There are obvious things to make you smile in the 2405's specification list. 2.3 million pixels (that's nearly 7 million subpixels that hopefully have no defects), large 24 inch diagonal space, good pixel response on both grey-to-grey and black-to-white and decent luminance and contrast figures.

The input array and extras that the monitor have are also an impressive read. Being able to cram five inputs into the monitor, with picture-in-picture support for all of them no less, is highly impressive. Support for component feeds is a highlight - it's rare to find that on consumer monitors - and being able to accept composite and S-Video too has the effect of making the 2405FPW a fairly impressive LCD TV. A TV tuner is all that's missing on that front.

The 2405FPW also sports a card reader that's able to read and write to nine different removable media types, connecting to the PC via USB2.0. There's four USB ports available on the monitor with one downstream connector for getting the USB connection into your PC. While the positioning of the USB ports and media reader on the monitor make them awkward to use (especially the card reader), they're welcome nonetheless.

I'll talk about the physical attributes of the 2405FPW in coming pages where I can show you them in picture or talk about them in real usage terms. In summary, a big widescreen LCD with WUXGA pixel array, formidable input options and decent added extras.