Dell 2001FP LCD Review and Comparision to 1900FP

Schnieds

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Dell 2001FP Review

Ordered 12/5/03 Received 12/9/03
Manufacture Date: Oct. 2003
Rev. A00
Resolution 1600x1200, 32 bit color
No dead pixels, no white light problem.

Summary:
To start out this review let me give you a quick summary of this monitor, it is simply the nicest monitor (LCD or CRT) that I have ever worked with. With that said, let?s continue with the review and I will show you how I came to that conclusion.

Color:
The color on the Dell 2001FP is remarkable. I changed the default color scheme, which has the colors rather on the low side, to the User Preset setting of 50 blue, 50 red, and 50 green. By default the RGB values are all in the 30s, which I didn?t feel gave enough vibrancy to the colors that this monitor can display. Once I changed the color values I was amazed at how bright the colors on this monitor are, it is simply beautiful. The desktop, pictures, and applications look amazing.

Brightness:
I like a very bright screen and the 2001FP doesn?t disappoint. The 2001FP is very bright and can be used with the brightness turned way down comfortably. However, I personally found that I like the brightness set to 90 along with the color scheme that I defined above. At these settings the pictures is very, very bright, clear and vibrant.

Ghosting / Game Performance:
Incredible. I have played a variety of games now on the 2001FP and I have not seen any noticeable ghosting or blurring while I played. So far I have tested NOLF2, Rise of Nations, Max Payne 2, UT2003, Unreal II, and Battlefield 1942. All games looked simply amazing and exhibited absolutely no ghosting. The 1900FP I have does a good job with gaming, however it had problems with ghosting in NOLF2. The 1900FP also gave the FPS games a slightly luggish feel when moving around that would at time leave you a little disoriented because the monitor was a little behind in response to your movement. This is all gone with the 2001FP, gaming is better than a CRT because no ghosting exists and the picture quality is incredible.

Resolution Scaling:
The 2001FP does a great job scaling to non-native resolutions. You can run the desktop at any non-native resolution you like and experience only a slight degradation in image quality. In gaming the picture is sharp and clear in any resolution, as is true with the 1900FP.

Text Clarity:
Simply put, awesome. I was expecting it would take a while to adjust from using the 1280x1024 resolution on my 1900FP to the 1600x1200 resolution on the 2001FP. However, the text quality on the 2001FP is so sharp that even though the text is smaller because of the resolution I have had no trouble in reading it or felt like I was looking at smaller text. The text is crisp and clear with no fuzziness or bleeding onto its background. I am using Windows XP with Cleartype and have used the Microsoft Cleartype tuner.

Overall Picture Quality:
There is definitely a little graininess to the picture that I do not see in the 1900FP. If you look closely at the 1900FP you can see the same graininess, however in day to day use you do not notice it. Unfortunately on day to day use you can notice the graininess on the 2001FP. The problem is that the pixels seems to have an outline around them, which when I first started using the monitor was noticeable. However after using the monitor for the past few days I don?t really notice this problem as much any more. Furthermore the grainy pixels really only show on gray colors and cannot be perceived on most other colors. Personally I don?t find this to be a big issue and as I have stated after using the monitor for a little while I don?t really notice the graininess anymore. There are so many other wonderful things about the monitor, in my opinion this is an awfully small negative to focus on.

DVI vs. Analog Quality:
I have my main system hooked up to the 2001FP via an ATI Radeon 9700 on the DVI input. I also have my work laptop hooked up to the analog port on the 2001FP. I switch back and forth between the DVI input and the analog input all day while working. Based on the image quality of the two I would say that obviously the DVI input is awesome, however the analog input is just alright. The analog signal is washed out, dark, and the colors aren?t very vibrant. Compared to the analog input on the 1900FP, the 2001FP is definitely lagging in this area. For me this is a very small issue because I didn?t pay $750 for a monitor to use it on an analog input anyway. =)

Performance vs. Dell 1900FP
In this section I am not going to detail which monitor wins in each area I have reviewed above. I will also give a quick explanation for my reasoning; however you should read the full section above for a better understanding of why I picked a given winner.

Color: Winner 2001FP. No comparison, so much more vibrant.

Brightness: Winner 2001FP. Both monitors are very bright, but I like the 2001FP a little more.

Ghosting / Game Performance: Winner 2001FP. No comparison, ghosting just doesn?t seem to exist (at least not enough for me to notice.)

Resolution scaling: Winner 2001FP.

Text clarity: Winner 2001FP. Extremely sharp and crisp. The 1900FP does a nice job, but not as nice as the 2001FP. =)

Overall Picture Quality: Tie. The 2001FP looks amazing, the picture is incredible. However the 1900FP is no slouch when it comes to picture quality. I would have declared the 2001FP the winner overall, however the slight graininess in the picture detracts from the overall quality and therefore ties it with the 1900FP quality.

DVI vs. Analog Quality: Winner 1900FP. The 1900FP does a better job with the analog input.

Conclusion:
The 2001FP is an awesome monitor, and in my opinion is the best I have ever seen or used. I obviously have the 1900FP to compare it against, I have also used a 21 Sony Trinitron, various 19inch CRTs, and various other LCDs in the past. I have also been shopping around at local stores looking at the other large LCD monitors on the market such as the Samsung 213T. Although I can?t compare them side by side, in my opinion the 2001FP is heads and shoulders above the competition out there. I am very, very happy with my purchase and truthfully couldn?t ask for more in a monitor.

The slight graininess of the picture will only be a problem for the pickiest of users. I hardly notice it at all after using it for a few days, and taking into consideration the other amazing parts of this monitor I consider this to be a non-issue. The picture quality of the 2001FP is awesome overall in my opinion.

I would recommend this monitor to absolutely anyone looking for a high quality panel that gives you a ton of real estate and allows you to play games without any ghosting. I can?t imagine why anyone wouldn?t be thrilled have one of these as their main monitor.

Schnieds
 

Pete

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Thanks for taking the time to compose this review! It should be very useful for those looking for a high-end monitor. I paid $700+ for my Mitsu DP900u (19" flat *tron, new at the time) when I built my new PC a few years ago, and I'd definitely be looking at the 2001FP if I were building a new PC today.
 

ponyo

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Yes, thanks for review. Mine is sitting at home waiting for me. Unfortunately I won't be home until after Christmas. :(
 

causality

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I just recieved mine today and I have to say it is awesome! However...

It does have 1 dead pixel and 1 stuck pixel, but I am not worried at all because I never notice them.

The thing I DO notice is a small line that goes down the left side of the screen about 2 inches from the left bezel. It is noticiable whenever I have lighter non-white colors on the screen.

I will be sending it back because I can handle a pixel or two, but a small permanent line goign down the screen is unacceptable...
 

ShoNuff

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Schnieds, good job with the mini review. Mine came on Monday however I just got back in town and just hooked it up. This thing is awesome. I have none of the problems mentioned in some of the other threads that discuss this monitor.:beer:
 

ShoNuff

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Originally posted by: Schnieds
Dell 2001FP Review


Color:
The color on the Dell 2001FP is remarkable. I changed the default color scheme, which has the colors rather on the low side, to the User Preset setting of 50 blue, 50 red, and 50 green. By default the RGB values are all in the 30s, which I didn?t feel gave enough vibrancy to the colors that this monitor can display. Once I changed the color values I was amazed at how bright the colors on this monitor are, it is simply beautiful. The desktop, pictures, and applications look amazing.

Schnieds

Thanks for the tip. I just made the change to RBG 50-50-50 and now the monitor is even more vibarant. :)
 

Schnieds

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Thanks for all of the positve comments on the review everyone! I am glad to know that it was useful.

causality,

Yeah, that permanent line is totally unacceptable, I would send that back immediately. I hope that doesn't ruin your opinion of the monitor though, once you get a new one you will be thrilled (and hopefully it won't have any dead pixels or problems. :D
 

causality

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Yeah, the monitor is fantastic besides the little line. The 2 pixels don't both me at all.

Will Dell ship me another after they recieve this back, or will they do the deal where they ship and I send this back when I get the replacement?
 

peterpro

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hehe, i had just stumbled onto the user setting before i read this so it's a total
acknowledgement that i did the right thing.

although I recommend 45 52 52
because for me the images where coming out too red.

so i'm surpressing the red slighly and pumping more green and blue to get a better picture.


everyone can check this out, the normal that it is set to when you switch between your new rgb settings will appear too blue.
you can tell by looking at your whites.


when adjusting your moniotor..
try to use 1 of 2 images.
1) the color bars found on tv moniotrs
2) the color girl used in film.
=)