The 2007WFP is the follow up to the highly praised 2005WFP. Wondering if Dell might cheap out or just screw up the new model I chose to wait to read some reviews, and yeah it seems Dell blew it. Reports on the AnandTech, Widescreengamingforum.com, and even Dells own forums report a few problems, most notably some ugly banding issues. Grrr. How some review sites missed this problem is beyond me. Thank goodness I didn’t place my order.
The 19” Dell LCD monitor that I ordered for the little lady arrived Monday. It was the 1907FP that was/is on sale for the insane price of ~$250. After using it my impression is that this monitor is not so much “on sale” as it barely worth ~$250 . The good news is that the response time is great, I could find no ghosting. Also the stand is very handy, you can adjust height and tilt with just one hand as it is balanced nicely.
The big problem is that the viewing angle is T-R-A-S-H. Strap on one of those old orthodontic headgear things and attach this monitor to it if you want a clear picture. Don’t dare slouch in your chair, and try to avoid any sort of upper body movement as if you do the picture will change dramatically.
Another issue is the brightness. You can not adjust contrast when using the DVI cable and this brings about a big problem. The default brightness is insanely bright so with that being the only control available you end up turning the brightness way down. Disappointing, but not the end of the world . . . until you realize that even with the brightness cranked all the way down anything that is pure white on the screen will hurt your eyes. Somehow the pure white is super bright and seemingly independent of the brightness controls. With no other options you’re left to either go blind or close your eyes and enjoy the tan. To CNET’s credit they did mention the lack of contrast control and the viewing angle, but I don’t think they made enough of a point of it.
I received the 19” on Monday, I hope I can return it.
In the meantime I’m looking at Viewsonic VX2025wm as another wide screen option.
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