36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
This is my fourth Dell monitor and they have all held up well. I got this to use as my primary monitor replacing my 21" Dell / Sony Trinitron CRT. While it is slightly inferior in specifications to the Trinitron in a few areas, it more than makes up for it in other areas:
1.) It has a much smaller footprint than the CRT and this means more desk space.
2.) My guess is this weighs 15 pounds with the stand, my 21" CRT weighs 70 pounds
3.) LCD uses much less energy than a CRT
4.) LCD emits much less heat than a CRT (great as I am writing this on a hot August night)
5.) Much more mobile than a CRT
6.) It looks really cool with its sleek, modern styling
This is a great monitor and you get much more in terms of features compared to the models you will find at your local big box store. Look at all the features I list below and you will see few if any of these features come on the typical models sold at the brick-and-mortar stores.
The monitor has four USB ports built in (two on the back and two on the left side) and this is very handy. You can never have enough of these and I keep my computer under my desk so the ports on the monitor are much easier to access. It also keeps cords from getting tangled up by allowing me to keep some items above the desk and away from the computer. The stand also has a nice cord management spacer built in.
The stand is among the best I have seen and it pivots and tilts. You can elevate the display about a foot with the sliding stand. And you can easily tilt the monitor up, down and to the right or left. It can even be rotated 180 degrees to a portrait mode with ease. It offers both DVI and SVGA connections so you can have two computers hooked up at once (one digital and one analog). If your video card supports it, the DVI connection will eliminate the flicker problem many CRTs experience.
The actual screen area is 11.85" in height and 14.82" in width (175.6 square inch viewing area and 1,310,720 pixels). For comparison, the viewable screen on my 21" CRT was 12" in height and 16" in width.
The 250 nits brightness is plenty bright and the 800:1 contrast is superior to that found on much more expensive models. The only area for improvement is the 20-25 ms response time, but it serves my purposes well as I never play video games. These displays are also made in China or Mexico instead of Japan where Dell's better monitors were made in the past.
You can download a free program named Dead Pixel Buddy (just Google this) which allows you to test for dead pixels on your display, and mine had zero when I ran the test.
Dell has a great return policy and although others complain, I find the outsourced customer service in India to be helpful whenever I need them.
Dell also makes some nice widescreen models, but I'd check to see if your video card can handle them before you consider those models. This one is a no-brainer and you just plug it in and Windows XP recognizes the monitor.
I got mine for just over $200. You have to be patient when buying a Dell, they run great specials around the end of their financial quarter.
I also recommend getting the sound bar for this monitor. The monitor has a power plug to input the sound bar into. It is silver, attractive and complements the monitor well. It snaps onto the bottom of the monitor, is about an inch long and runs along the length of the bottom of the monitor.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2006
I've had my Dell UltraSharp 19050FP for about 14 months and I'm still very happy with it. The price has come down considerably since I bought it. In fact, it's so low I might buy a second unit and put them side by side. The bezel is thin enough that this would work well.
I like the swivel stand and ability to easily change the height. Although it was easy for me to change the screen configuration to Portrait mode using my Graphics card software, I had some problems in doing so and had to use a system restore to resolve the issue. This may not be Dell's issue.
There are two monitor inputs: one digital and one analog. This really worked out well for me as I also have two computers at my desk. All I have to do is push a button on the monitor to toggle between inputs. The monitor also has 4 USB ports. This has been very useful for me as more and more peripherals are USB. They are also more easily reached than those on the back of my computer. All these cables make rotating the monitor 90 degrees slightly more difficult.
The configuration is done with three buttons on the front panel. Since there are only three buttons plus on/off, they are straight forward to use. They include Brightness, Positioning, Image Settings, Color Settings, OSD Settings, Language, Audio, and Factory Reset. I use 1280x1024 resolution at 60 Hz. For me, this resolution and screen size are very nice. I don't have to squint to see the text as I have to do with smaller screens at this resolution. I also get a large work area.
I don't play high action games with the monitor but I do watch video podcasts and have been happy with the quality. For some of the videos, the colors seem slightly washed out when comparing the picture to that of the same video viewed on a nearby TV used as a monitor for my computer. However, photos that I use for backdrops on the monitor are stunning.
The only thing I don't like is the dust that can build up along the beveled edge. This could be more the technique of the duster rather than the monitor but it can be slightly aggrevating.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2012
UPSHOT: great monitor. Sometimes, older technology is better.
* Easy to get the documentation from Dell, also drivers.
* Plug and Play, and intuitive, so you don't HAVE to get the drivers and documentation.
* USB ports make your modern big external hard drives run reliably, for you can plug into the monitor's hubs on the side -- rather than into the back or front of your computer. This facility alone makes it worth buying, and fortunately there are a lot of vendors here at Amazon.
* Refurbished is good, for a monitor. You want that.
* All of these models (from 1700 - 1900) which are hubbed (not all are hubbed), are height adjustable, and rotate to landscape or portrait mode (I use Landscape).
* They run digital or analog. The latter is still important, for hooking up to a netbook.
* Price here at Amazon is surprisingly cheap.
* This line of Dell monitors are capable of staying on long days and yet still work fine. Reliable.
* You got good video cards? Fine. They can read 'em. Reliable. As for HD clarity, well I make HD Youtube videos using these monitors; the quality is just fine. View Amazon Prime Instant Videos and XFINITY TV just fine. Youtube, just fine. Play DVDs, just fine. Any LCD monitor suffers from viewing angle differences, such that if the angle is wrong, the monitor seems black, when watching DVDs. But since you can adjust the height, tilt, and the monitor is easy to move -- you can overcome the native LCD problem.
* So above all, besides the hub advantage -- EASY TO MOVE AND POSITION. I'd buy these monitors over the new big ones, any day. It's all the rage, now, to get big hunky monitors. That's fine, for watching TV on a sofa. Not so fine, if you want to get work done on your PC. For, as you probably learned by now, hooking up stuff to your PC is a nightmare: the outlet is wrong, the cord is wrong, or whatever -- so the PLACEMENT you wanted, is always subject to change. Now you see the advantage of the smaller, more mobile, monitor. For a 17" or 19" Monitor is small enough to move around a lot.
Now, to more details, tips, and a few complaints.
This is such a plucky little monitor. I got it the first time back in 2005 with my then-new, Dell 8400. Loved it. But, I operated it wrongly, and caused it to burn up. Here's what I did wrong: I did not hook the upstream (curved end) USB port at the back of the monitor, to the computer. You are SUPPOSED to plug one USB cord from the monitor's back down to your computer's USB port, to power the monitor hubs. Then, you can use the hubs with your peripherials. They are 2.0.
If you don't do that step, you end up burning the monitor hubs and USB cords, after a few years' daily use; eventually, the monitor's screen will start to display gray lines alternating with white, which seems like a video card problem, but is not. Oddly enough, the things you connect to the hubs, still work fine. So that's why I didn't know what I'd done wrong. Of course, had I READ the instructions (duh), I'd not have made that mistake. So that's why you can know this is a plucky little monitor. It gave its life to power those ports.
So now, I bought three of these babies from Amazon over the past year, each from different vendors (most notably, from Crate to Crib). And now, I hook the upstream USB cord TO the computer FIRST, before powering on. So the hub works great, and the monitor will last.
Again, I like mobility in a monitor, and for that you don't want something larger than 19". When I want to stand to compute faster, I simply move the monitor to a shelf. When I want to sit, I move the monitor back to my card table. When I want to hook it up to my netbook, I do that. See: placement varies with how you use your stuff, and you will want to create a modular placement so you can use ALL your equipment with the least amount of hassle. The smaller monitor offers you the ability to DISCONNECT the cable easily from the back of the monitor, and move it to hook to something else. Or, you can have one digital cable going from your monitor to your computer, but the analog going to your netbook, and switch between them.
Resolution in monitors is often a problem not due to the monitor, but due to Windows defaults. MS just doesn't care about good defaults, hence that narrow Arial type we're all stuck with, in websites. But you can change all that. How to get a good Windows desktop display in XP and prior? Trick is to set XP Windows Display Properties to maximum resolution, and in Properties Appearance Effects, to select Clear Type, not standard. So if your monitor's graphics seem less than sterling, esp. for text -- make those changes. Oh: and use Comic Sans MS, Franklin Medium, Deja Vu or Gill Sans MT for your default desktop and browser font face. (I don't know Win7 equivalents, sorry. I will never upgrade past XP.)
Again, the other big selling point for a monitor like this, with 4 USB hubs, 2 on the side: your bigger external hard drives (500 GB and higher), run better. They are persnickety about power load, if not self-powered. They don't share power well on a standard PC. So you in effect isolate them on a different hub, if you plug them into the monitor hub like I do. They sleep properly, wake properly, copy properly -- because they're not on the back of a computer with 6-8 USB ports, all clamoring for a share. Plus, the short distance between peripheral cord and monitor hub, is less of a problem.
Now, for complaints.
The one drawback with Dell monitors is the clunky monitor adjustment interface buttons on the front; happily, you get used to adjusting them. Suggest that unless you changed your Windows theme to off-white and sand or olive to ease eye strain, that you instead tweak the monitor to make that horrible XP glare blue and glare white, a tad more matte-like. You do this by adjusting the monitor's own brightness and contrast, and you can even tweak its color palette. Whew. So now you have created your own color theme, independent of the tyrannical and always dysfunctional, Windows defaults.
Oh: if you have XP Home, when your monitor goes to sleep it doesn't just black out. It instead bounces this really ugly (Win8-style) color box around the screen, in 1907FP, 1707FP. This problem doesn't happen with XP Pro.
Another longtime complaint about Dell monitors: its buttons die young. On the 1905FP, the ROUNDED TOP button did begin to stick, after three years. Solution is to rarely use the button, and instead change your power mode to turn off the monitor after 20 minutes (Windows bugs out at lower settings, and often won't power down). But if your buttons are flat (and sort of concave), then you likely won't have this problem.
So, that's why I bought three of these monitors (new or used) from Amazon over the past year, rather than get a faster, newer, allegedly spiffier model. Again, sometimes older is better. :)