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.


Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Native Resolution 1280 x 1024 at 75 Hz
Contrast Ratio 800:1
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
Vertical Viewing Angle +85 / -85
Viewable Size 19"
Pixel Pitch 0.294 mm
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Horizontal Refresh Rate 80 kHz
Vertical Refresh Rate 75 Hz
Power Device
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Features Wall mountable
Controls & Adjustments H/V position, brightness, clock, color balance, contrast, input select, phase
Color midnight gray
Flat Panel Mount Interface 100 x 100 mm
Image Brightness 250 cd/m2
Image Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Contrast Ratio 800:1
Front Panel Controls Power on/off
Type LCD monitor
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V (50 - 60 Hz)
Power Supply internal
Built-in Devices USB hub
Interface Provided
Qty 1, 4
Connector Type 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), 24+1 pin digital DVI, 4 pin USB Type A
Video Output none
Video Input
Digital Video Standard Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
Display Position Adjustments Height, pivot (rotation)
Image Aspect Ratio 4:3
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
Humidity Range Operating 10 - 80%
Dimensions & Weight
Width 16.3 in
Depth 8.4 in
Height 16.4 in
Weight 15.21 lbs
Brand Dell
Product Line Dell UltraSharp
Model 1905FP
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Max V-Sync Rate 75 Hz
Max H-Sync Rate 80 Hz
Cable Details
Type display cable
Included Qty 1
Type Drivers & Utilities
TV Tuner
TV Tuner Presence No

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