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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Dell 2005FPW Reply with quote

smentzer wrote:
FWIW: I have my mini hooked up to a 2005FPW, and it works great. Don't seem to have the blacklight or pixel issues some folks have.

It is very bright, even at lowest brighness setting, but I am living with that...


Do you have it hooked up with DVI? Do you loose contrast control?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the 2005FPW hooked up to the DVI connectors and yes you loose the contrast control on the monitor. I just got it and it looks very good, no dead pixels and response time is very good, I also use it with my PC to play games on.
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blam_man wrote:
I have the 2005FPW hooked up to the DVI connectors and yes you loose the contrast control on the monitor. I just got it and it looks very good, no dead pixels and response time is very good, I also use it with my PC to play games on.


I only got a 2005FPW a few weeks ago. I haven't had contrast control even when hooked up to a PC. I have to use the NVidia control panel's brightness and color mapping curves on the PC side, too. Same with the Mini. I just ran an advanced calubration, and it was awesome.

I'm giving this mini to my Aunt, along with a Dell analog 15" LCD. It's a great little package in 1024x768 on the 15". The 2005FPW is my gaming rig,and boy, does it ever look great!

I am on my 3rd one in as many weeks, though. First one developed this weird green outline to all images and objects from the center to the right edge. Next one had 5 dead pixels, and the upset me. Third one seems like a charm.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:37 pm    Post subject: Monitors with the Mini Reply with quote

For the money its hard to beat the 19" Sceptre I got from Sam's for less than $400 last Dec.

I'm using it with the Mac Mini and a homemade PC, linked by an IOGear KVM.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I own a dell monitor... great display... bad thing its a black monitor
Sad doesnt match mi mini
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Dell 2005FPW Reply with quote

[quote="smentzer"]FWIW: I have my mini hooked up to a 2005FPW, and it works great. Don't seem to have the blacklight or pixel issues some folks have.

It is very bright, even at lowest brighness setting, but I am living with that...[/quote]

The 2005FPW is bright indeed. I have one also and that's the first thing you really notice about it. I don't think it's a bad thing since most people sit in front of dim displays - bad for your eyes. The bleeding and dead pixel issue was never an issue with the 2005FPW, it related to a previous model. There's lots of write up on both the 20-inch Cinema and the Dell 20-incher. If price wasn't an issue I think the Cinema is a clear winner for me because of its design but considering one can get a Dell for about half the price (at times) and you get the same LG Philips "tube" as the Cinema - well that's why I bought it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 1:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Dell 2005FPW Reply with quote

I have the brightness turned down to 40% on my Samsung 191T. Any higher and I need shades! Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gust got the 2005FPW and good god this is a great monitor. I really wanted that 20" apple for 3 reasons, 1 looks that looks cool, 2 firewire ports, 3 cord managment

I got the dell cuz i got it for $476 delivered. Thats a steel. It looks great yea its black, not white but it still looks great. Here are its plusses and minuses:

+some people have poseted its too bright first thing i did was turn the brightness to 45% and contrast to 50%. It was blinding.

+so many inputs dvi (for mini), vga (for pc) and 2 tv inputs composite (little yellow plug) and s-video (for better tv quality)
-now i got 3 cords to connect, dvi, vga, usb (both a + & - here)

+Picture in picture & Picture out of picture(s screens all by them selves.

+its a bueatiful quality

+gobs and gobs of realestate. which i have to tell you is good while i get used to this program open but not showing things.

+++turns 90 degrees, wich the mini supports (found it right in system prefs). Think open web page thats long or word doc full page.

+usb hub
- no firewire hub

+has a cord keeper so there not hanging down in view from the front
-no cord cover so you can see them from the back
-not the clean look that the cinema display has


So hear are its only real minuses:
-look: color & cord visability

It has alot of pluses, if you pref function over style get the dell.
if you prefer cost ($476 (add in the cost of a FW hum to make the cost compare) vs $847 tax included) over style get the dell. Geeze thats almost 2x the price. You really have to like style alot in my opinion.

But if your a apple head who wants it all to match - prefering style over all else and money is not the object - get the cinema. I cant argue w/you here.

This really is a bueatiful display - works great, functions great. I would get it again. for me function & price tale the cake. Although I did not even realized all its function when i ordered it. I just thought $476, later if i want a iMac i can always use this as a TV.
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