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My new Dell 2405FPW - pictures & first impressions

Discussion in 'Monitors' started by Baddass, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. HEADRAT

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 19,777

    Location: Cambridge, UK

    At the end of the day the 2405FPW does have a backlight so you are always going to "see it", I can honestly say though that the 2405FPW is far better than the 2005FPW for uninformity (I know I had about 4 2005FPW's) and is pretty much un-notitable in most situations (unless you have the eyes of a Harris Hawk)
     
  2. ic1male

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 28, 2003

    Posts: 27,211

    Location: Westchestershire

    Compared to my little ADi 17" TFT, this 24" is really bad at Doom 3. The dark areas are no longer pitch black although it struck me right now that I haven't fiddled with the gamma in the ATi control panel. Maybe that would help. You can only alter brightness in Doom 3 itself and it looks crap with it on minimum.
     
  3. Vigil

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    Hrm. Some people say it is OK, some people say it is bad. This is putting me off getting one :-/
     
  4. Alty

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 23, 2004

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    Location: East Riding of Yorkshire

    When using dual inputs with this monitor (such as DVI for PC n Component for Xbox) is there any way to make the 2 halves fill the screen instead of having them look like they are both part of a widescreen image having black bars above and below them?
     
  5. Yaka

    Mobster

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    sadly no. which is a shame as i have 2 pacs connected one via vga and main rig via dvi. i miss dual screening so much but funds atm wont allow it :rolleyes:
     
  6. Vigil

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    I asked where I could see one not where I could buy one. Nice to see the thing before buying it, y'see?
     
  7. Baddass

    Don

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    Location: UK

    i'm afraid it would still be considered a competitor though vigil and so discussion of anywhere would not be allowed. Sorry
     
  8. Vigil

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    OK...
     
  9. Sudden

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 15, 2005

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    Location: London

    Just a small question about buying this monitor. If i bought it from Overclockers and then had problems with dead pixel's or anything, would I get in touch with over clockers or have to go directly with dell?

    Sorry if it's already been covered.

    Oh and also, if I have to get in touch with Overclockers, what is the dead pixel policy? I read here that Dell had a 3 dead pixel policy, wondering if it was the same for Overclockers.
    And could anyone tell me if there is someone else selling it with a zero dead pixel policy in the UK? Not asking for competitor names, just asking if someone does it so I can look around more.
    Thanks :)
     
  10. Alty

    Wise Guy

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    AFAIK its a case of dealing with Dell direct and the replacement will be a refurbished one. And its summit like a 7 pixel policy altho i may be mistaken.
     
  11. Ste

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    No, that was 720p and had a resolution of 1280x720 which was then stretched to 1920x1200 (1920x1080 with 120pixel border) in software (windows, gfx card, whatever does it) and output to the monitor. I run ffdshow to scale up DVDs etc using lanczos multitap method but my PC isn't quick enough to do that with a HD source.

    1080i/p content can be shown 1:1 if you want it to. Obviously 720p can too but there'd just be a smaller image in the middle of the screen - buy an LCD TV if you want primarily to run HDTV with no resizing :)
     
  12. ic1male

    Caporegime

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    Location: Westchestershire

    I've fiddled with the gamma now via the ATi Tray Tools program and it actually makes the game OK now. There is little to no backlight and the dark areas really are dark. I am a happy chappy.
     
  13. drupi

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    So tomorrow very big day. I'm bringing home my very own Dell 2405FPW, imported from Holland. Wish me luck with dead pixels/backlight because the RMA would be such a b*tch, not to mention the dissapointment and total loss of the will to live.

    I'm counting down the minutes until it hits the desk.. DARN` CLOCK, MOVE IT MOVE IT!
    My crappy Ti4200 is scared but excited like an old lady in a playboy.
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2006
  14. drupi

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    It's here !!! It's really not that huge :D I got a perfect panel, all pixels healthy, no backlight issues, even a better panel than my ex-Samsung 910T, the blacks look as good but the response time is waaay better. There is a hint of trailing when you move the mouse on dark backgrounds, but then again it's no TN panel. I can live with that. Overall it's a very responsive panel.
    Highly recommended.

    Back with pictures later.
     
  15. Vigil

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    Ditto that (except I don't notice the trailing). I'm so relieved that there are no pixel or backlight problems :D

    Only thing is I have to upgrade everything to play FEAR and Q4 at a decent quality!

    PS. DooM 3 is more scary with this monitor :D
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2006
  16. drupi

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  17. ic1male

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    :D

    How on earth do you find anything amongst all those desktop icons! Is it still the case that having too many slows the computer down?
     
  18. Vigil

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    I didn't think mine was that huge when I got it out of the box. I even took a tape measure to check I hadn't been sent a 20" by mistake! I guess all the hype made me think it was going to look like the size of the Great Wall Of China.

    It is great playing DooM 3, though >:)
     
  19. drupi

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    The icons are the main reason i got the Dell :D
     
  20. Muttley59

    Gangster

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    Had mine since december and have to say am really happy with it :D

    had an iiyama 22inch crt before this ..... was a damn good monitor but wanted a tft and wasnt sure wether it would be any good for gaming
    tbh it cant keep with my old crt but its close enough :)
    the best thing is the amount of desk space i have gained :)


    But after seeing the 3007WFP 30" ..... can only drool :D
    all i need now is a new pc as this one is a bit vintage :(