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Do You Want a 16:9 LCD Monitor Now?

Dell 2405FPW

If 1680x1050 doesn't suit you, here's the ultimate solution: the Dell 2405FPW. With its 24" screen diagonal and 1920 x 1200 native resolution, it's incredibly precise. We'd already tested it in our series on professional monitors, but we can't resist sharing that test with you again. Especially since it's a great deal if you can catch one of Dell's regular promotions!

Diagonal measurement24"
Native resolution1920 x 1200
Contrast1000: 1
Brightness500 nits
Latency20 ms
Colors16.7 M
H/V viewing angles170/170
ConnectivityVGA, DVI, S-Video, USB, card reader
Average price$880


Where design is concerned, the Dell 2405FPW is just an extension of the U.S. manufacturer's classic lines. And the company's reputation for quality is borne out here too, with careful assembly and solid plastics. But the style is nothing out of the ordinary and the grainy aspect of the plastics is a bit unappealing.


The panel has height and tilt adjustments. There's a pivot function, but its usefulness is questionable on a monitor this size. The only innovation is the addition of backlit displays at the base of the panel to show the input being used - nothing to keep you awake at night.


In this department Dell has spoiled us. In addition to a USB hub, there's a built-in multimedia card reader that's accessible on the edge of the panel. This is a very handy option we'd like to see other manufacturers adopt.