This is my first posting, and the Dell 1905FP that I just bought second-hand is my first TFT. It has the AU Optronics M190EN03 P-MVA panel, as described here:
I am using the D-sub connection.
Usage profile: 75% web/email/text editing, 20% viewing and editing digital photos, 5% video, 0% gaming.
I find the text quality fairly good for office applications, but I am not so impressed with colour rendition and tonal range, in comparison with my old Iiyama Vision Master Pro 410 CRT. Particular issues:
(1) Highlights are burnt out. E.g. grays in the RGB range fefefe-f3f3f3 appear white.
(2) Pale grays in the RGB range f2f2f2-e8e8e8 have a small but definite cyan tint, and are too light. E.g. my email program lists messages on an alternating white / light gray (eeeeee) background, but this appears as alternating white / "white with a hint of mint"! This problem is particularly noticeable in highlight areas on grayscale photos: the highlight burns out to white, surrounded by a minty-white halo.
(3) Subtleties of skin tone are missing: subtle gradations are replaced by exaggerated colours.
I have tried adjusting contrast, brightness and colour levels on the monitor, but the problems remain. Adjusting the graphics driver's gamma levels helps a bit: it allows me to reduce problem (1), but with the side-effect that dark colours become too dark or black.
Are these common problems with the AUO panel on the 1905FP? I'd be grateful for any suggestions. Is it likely that DVI would make much difference with these issues? I don't have DVI on my PC but I would consider getting a new graphics card if this was likely to bring a big improvement.
At the moment I feel like selling the 1905FP and either sticking with the Iiyama CRT or possibly trying another TFT. Any suggestions for a budget TFT that might meet my needs?