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September 2, 2005
By Alexander Gasparski
Lots of new widescreen LCD monitors are popping-up all over today's computer display market. Probably the most famous widescreen LCD display is Apple's Cinema HD Display line, but they are very expensive and not practical for the average home user. So let's take a look at Dell's very-affordable Widescreen UltraSharp 2405FPW.
This 24-inch LCD display comes with more than what you would normally get with a competing widescreen display. It's got high-class image quality, multiple video inputs, a built-in USB 2.0 hub, flash-media slots, and a whole bunch of adjustability options. And it's priced at only $1,199, which means that it costs hundreds less than its competitors.
The style of Dell's LCD's have always amazed me. I, myself, own Dell's UltraSharp 1905FP 19" LCD version and I love it. It is one of the best LCD displays that I've ever seen. The Widescreen 2405FPW tops it! The stylish dark-grey plastic 0.75-inch bezel borders the screen to complement the LCD's image. Imbedded in the bezel at the bottom-right corner are six illuminated buttons for the power and OSM (on-screen menu). Usually, buttons on the front of a monitor are annoying, but we found the UltraSharp's buttons to be very hard to notice when using the display.
Along the back panel there are DVI, VGA, composite, S-Video, and component inputs that are very easily accessible. There is also a 12V audio jack for the optional attachable 14-watt Dell Sound Bar speakers that grab onto the bezel at the bottom of the display. There is also an upstream USB 2.0port (to be connected to the computer) and two downstream USB 2.0 ports (to be connected to external devices, such as a digital camera or MP3 player).
This LCD is big and heavy (about 22 lbs.), so it needs a sturdy neck and base. Dell is always very good at making sturdy LCD's and this one it one without a doubt. It's got a very sturdy neck that the LCD screen itself easily attaches to and at the bottom of the neck is a base that is sturdy and stylish. It's made up of 1.5-inch wide silver plastic that is shaped into a half-moon shape. Also, at the end of the neck is a cord organizer. It's like a flexible-rubber that you feed your cables thru that run from the computer to the display to keep them organized and out-of-sight. The displays neck also telescopes from 3.5 inches to 7.75 inches. The whole display also can be rotated from landscape to portrait mode for viewing documents and such. If you choose to wall-mount the display, the 2405FPW comes off of its base so you can attach it to any VESA wall-mount bracket.
The UltraSharp 2405FPW's image quality is very good compared to its competitors. It's got a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,200, so that means that you need a powerful graphics card to really take advantage of its power. In our usage, we thought text appeared crisp and perfect. It also did well displaying grayscale, which many other LCD's have a difficult time with. True black displayed dark black and white was shown as pure white. Even gray and lighting tints displayed almost flawless, which is a huge plus for this big of an LCD. We did, however, notice small ghosting and streaking when playing fast-moving action games and watching a DVD, but nothing that was bad enough to make the picture anywhere near mediocre. Dark-scenes rendered and displayed very good in our testing as well.We recommend the Dell UltraSharp 2405FPW to anyone that wants a large widescreen LCD
monitor without paying a lot of money. It's an all-around excellent monitor and it will please anyone because of it's unbeatable image quality and professional features.