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REVIEW: Dell 2405FPW

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3/3 incl. Pickup Service
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size: 24"
Pixel size [mm]: 0,270
Native resolution: 1.920 x 1.200
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 518,4 x 324,9 / 611
Video-In, connector: Sub-D analog / DVI-D digital / S-Video / Component-Video / Composite-Video
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 56 - 76
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: 30 – 81 (analog & digital) / -
Color mode preset/user: 3 / 1
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: Yes / Yes
LCD display arm option: Yes
Features: Sub-D, DVI-D cable, USB cable, 4-port USB hub, memory card reader, power cable
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 559,3 x 460 - 560 x 229
Weight [kg]: 10
Compliance: TCO99, GS, CS, cUL, PCT VCI, Energy Star
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: 59 / < 3 / 1
Test date: 11.11.2005
Picture stability: ++ (digital) ++ (analog)l
Viewing angle dependency: ++
Contrast: ++
Color space: ++
Subjective impression of image quality: ++
Shades of gray resolution: ++
Brightness allocation: +
Interpolation image quality: ++
Fabrication of case/frame, mechanics: ++
Operating, OSD: +
Suitable for occasional gamer: +
Suitable for hardcore gamer: -
Suitable for DVD/Video: ++
Price [incl. VAT. in Euros]: 1.274,87

++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad


In the course of the past several months, LCD displays - and in particular those beyond 20 inches - have entered more affordable price ranges which has even made 24 inch displays worth a consideration, because they do not only offer enormous screen area for work but also for TV or DVD due to their widescreen format. Of course, this requires an internal TV tuner card or alternatively an external TV box since these gadgets usually don‘t come with a tuner built into them.

Therefore, we now want to closely examine the Dell 2405FPW. It is the bigger brother of the 2005FPW, which we had been reviewing just recently, and it belongs to the family of widescreen monitors as well. These gadgets are gaining increasing popularity recently which explains the fact that numerous manufacturers are currently pushing corresponding models onto the market. The 2405FPW is not only bigger in size but can also exceed the 2005FPW in terms of scope of supply which was already excellent.

Looking at the dimensions of the package when our review unit was delivered, we already knew that the content was going to be very huge.

Shipping cardboard of the Dell 2405FPW

Once the Dell 2405FPW was unpacked and set up, we were amazed. Back when we had reviewed the 23 inch ViewSonic VP231wb we were already impressed by the sheer size of the display and now the Dell 2405FPW was able to add another inch to this amazement of ours.

Given the great result of an overall rating of very good that the smaller 2005FPW‘s had scored, we were especially eager to find out about were the Dell 2405FPW is to be ranked. In the following article, we want to determine how well the Dell performs in everyday use, working, gaming and DVD playback.

All results issued in this review have been established using the digital input, with the exception of the test runs for analog image quality, which have been established on the analog input. Our test bed ran with a Gainward PowerPack! Ultra/2600 Golden Sample and a Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800 Pro graphics card. Some Parts of the review for gaming have been conducted by means of two Point of View GeForce 7800GTX in SLI Mode.

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