Dell UltraSharp 1905FP

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The Dell 1905FP delivers better image quality than your average LCD. We tested the monitor at its native resolution of 1,280 by 1,024. Text looked crisp well beyond the range of typical font sizes. Its sharpness matches that of the NEC MultiSync LCD1960NXi. In colour performance, it beat or matched all other competitors, save Eizo's professional-grade ColorEdge CG18. On our DisplayMate-based greyscale tests, we noticed a slight green tint in the darkest shades and a slight pink hue in the lightest. These colour flaws are less pronounced than on most LCDs and shouldn't bother most users. Graphics aficionados, however, should note that we saw mildly washed-out midtone colours in some digital photos we viewed. Still, the 1905FP offers above-average image quality when compared to other similarly priced displays.

As is common for LCDs, the 1905FP had trouble displaying a true black, although it was quite deep for an LCD. In our informal DVD-viewing test, performance was about average on the dark end of the greyscale. We could discern fairly dark tones but did miss some shadow details on the DVD. On the light end, we could distinguish very pale greys against a white background. This indicates that the monitor displays subtle shadings well at the bright end, as you might find in editing brightly lit photos or in viewing exuberantly designed Web pages featuring light text on a colored background. We saw minimal streaking in motion tests but noticed some noise and oversaturated colours.

Dell offers a standard three-year warranty and lifetime technical support via telephone and e-mail. Our one gripe on support is that Dell no longer includes a full printed manual, but it does ship an adequate setup poster. And it includes a detailed manual in electronic form on a bundled CD and on its Web site.


Packaged Quantity 1
Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Diagonal Size 19 in
Viewable Size 19 in
Built-in Devices USB hub
Depth 8.4 in
Width 16.3 in
Height 16.4 in
Native Resolution 1280 x 1024 at 75 Hz
Weight 15.21 lbs
Pixel Pitch 0.294 mm
Compatibility PC
Contrast Ratio 800:1
Response Time 20 ms
Vertical Refresh Rate 75 Hz
Horizontal Refresh Rate 80 kHz
Controls & Adjustments Brightness, contrast, H/V position, color balance, input select, phase, clock
Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.3 in x 8.4 in x 16.4 in
Horizontal Viewing Angle +85 / -85
Brightness 250 cd/m2
Vertical Viewing Angle +85 / -85
Flat Panel Mount Interface 100 x 100 mm
Features wall mountable
Input Device(s) none
Controls & Adjustments H/V position, brightness, clock, color balance, contrast, input select, phase
Built-in Devices USB hub
Image Brightness 250 cd/m2
Image Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Contrast Ratio 800:1
Native Resolution 1280 x 1024
Response Time 20 ms
Front Panel Controls Power on/off
Interfaces 4 x USB 2.0 downstream - 4 pin USB Type A
1 x USB 2.0 upstream - 4 pin USB Type B
1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
1 x DVI-D - 24 pin digital DVI
Software Included Drivers & Utilities
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Power Supply internal
Video Output none
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
Humidity Range Operating 10 - 80%
Video Input
Digital Video Standard Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
Display Position Adjustments height, pivot (rotation)
Flat Panel Mount Interface 100 x 100 mm
Image Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Brightness 250 cd/m2
Image Contrast Ratio 800:1
Vertical Viewing Angle +85 / -85
Horizontal Viewing Angle +85 / -85

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