Dell 2005 FPW: test and review

After 2001FP, a 20-inch flat screen in the traditional format (4/3), Dell LCD monitor again with a 20-inch “widescreen”, ie a model whose aspect ratio is 16 / 10e. The main talent of this new kid, the 2005 FPW, is its ability to simultaneously display images from two different sources.

The whole design is fairly typical of the manufacturer. All plastic, its finishes are nevertheless treated. Black and slightly rounded, the edge of the screen is particularly thin, which accentuates the imposing appearance of the monitor. The function keys, gathered in the lower right corner, remain accessible at all times. Their green lighting is particularly discreet luck, avoiding any visual discomfort of day in the dark.

Can be wall mounted or on an articulated arm through a standard VESA base, the 2005FPW comes with a heavy foot support, more steady done. A height adjustment is available at the touch of a button releases a small cylinder. Taking the form of an oval, the large round base is recessed allowing, in passing, to increase the useful area of ​​your desktop. A sort of luxury pen pot, in fact!

The back side of the device has an input string of connectors placed at the bottom of the screen. The latter being located in forefoot rather, it will have carefully cluster electric son so that it is not visible at the oval base of the screen. Slides for integrated cables at the foot facilitate this task. But be careful to use the 2005FPW in portrait mode, a feature allowed by the pivot of the screen on his foot: the cables should be “players”, that is to say, free of any movement.

In addition to the D-sub 15 input analog (RGB) and welcome DVI digital interface, there is a USB 2.0 hub with four output ports. Two are placed at the back of the machine and two smartly positioned on the right side, which allows you to connect a thumb drive or any cable without any acrobatics or even move from her chair.

Added to this set already provided composite inputs (RCA connector) and S-Video (mini DIN connector) for using the 2005FPW as extra monitor. A direct connection to SCART and component (YUV) would have been welcome, but the quality of the proposed entries than enough for viewing in a small window, television programs, for example. Do not try to comb filter, noise reduction or advanced interpolation: the rendering is simplistic, far from what offers an LCD TV.

One of the strengths of this monitor is its ability to simultaneously display any two sources (DVI + VGA, DVI + S-Video) as do the TVs with the picture-in-picture (Picture In Picture). Two images on the screen. The vision can be carried or coast in a small window side in the corner of the main image. A button to switch from one source to another and instantly change the display mode.

Simple and effective, the menus allow you to simply edit the simultaneous displays properties but also, for analog inputs, more or less advanced settings for brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. DVI mode, however, only the brightness settings (backlight intensity) and color calibration are active.

Each power-up, with backlight settings set at minimum, our test monitor has issued a sharp whistle barely audible, for one to several tens of seconds. We have quickly concluded that the culprit is the electronic power regulator neon ensuring the backlight of the image. But it is illuminated very homogeneously without that we have to deplore the slightest drop of uniformity. On copies of pre-series (the A00), some areas near the edges were victims of a whitish light reflection. Corrections to the A01 revision, the one we tested, ended this design flaw and brought uniformity backlight. This defect is also not restricted to Dell products, the Cinema Display 20-inch Apple having suffered from the same disease.

It is also not surprising that the firm Apple shares Dell difficulties. The Cinema Display 20-inch 2005FPW and use the same LCD panels produced by the joint venture LG Philips and referenced LM201W01. Type S-IPS, it offers an interesting definition of 1680 by 1050 pixels. The luminous elements are very small with a pitch of 0.258 mask. This avoids any discomfort and gives a uniform image coverage and a high color saturation (72%).

The same applies to the viewing angles announced at 170 degrees and quite realistic. Horizontally, the vision remains perfect at all times with a simple brightness loss. Vertically, deep blacks suffering slightly in extreme positions (plus or minus 60-90 degrees), the very ones that no human being will use everyday. Finally, note that using a digital DVI connection with the default settings, colorimetry of the display is excellent with great neutrality, immaculate and well nuanced whites.

Announced the brightness to 300 cd / m², however, is more fanciful, but there are still welcomes the wide margin settings offered: you are dark environment or particularly sunny, the picture will be constantly visible. Ease accentuated by surface treatment of the diabolically effective screen against glare, particularly the incident lights. The same applies to the response time advertised 12 ms gray to gray and 16 ms black to white. Less dry than some 20-inch slabs 4/3, transitions between images, however, are sufficient for viewing videos and games. With a record of shimmering colors and high contrast, will be favored situations where beautiful graphics have time to be contemplated, although a nervous game in first person is quite possible from time to time. The pleasure is not happiness accompanied by frustrations related to entant ghosting. For office, photo editing work or even video editing any problems on the horizon. As for viewing movies, favorite performance of this monitor 16 / 10th, the correct response but not overwhelming confers a kind of softness, fluidity rather natural visual sequences. Tingling inherent in the S-IPS technology are virtually invisible. Only the trained and attentive eye will perceive fine variations in the absence of movement, including solid colors.