19" Dell UltraSharp 1900FP

31 Mar, 2003 By: Ron LaFon

Dell Computer

5 stars out of 5
Highly Recommended The Dell UltraSharp 1900FP 190 flat-panel display has a thin matte silver bezel with six small but obvious buttons at the bottom-center of the bezel. This unobtrusive case design should prove very usable over time. It essentially makes the mechanics of the monitor disappear when in use. Like all the flat-panel displays reviewed here, the 1900FP is covered by a three-year warranty on parts, labor, and backlight.

Dell UltraSharp 1900FP
Dell’s 190 UltraSharp 1900FP monitor earned perfect scores for its display quality.
On the test bench, the Dell UltraSharp 1900FP produced excellent color, with distinct yellows and greens—the two most difficult colors to reproduce accurately and distinctly with current flat-panel technology.

Testing produced excellent scores across the board. Brightness, contrast, focus, purity, geometric distortion, and raster rotation scores were all flawless. No bad pixels were evident, nor was any interface flicker. On lower resolutions than you’re likely to use with a monitor such as this, I saw some LCD display streaking, though it was rare. Type was readable at around 7 points, so more conventional sizes should be quite legible for most uses.

The Dell UltraSharp 1900FP's solid base proved very stable in use.

If you need a monitor larger than 190, the Dell 2000FP 20.1" flat-panel display reviewed in the last flat-panel roundup (Cadalyst, April 2002) is now available at a substantially lower price of $999—or even lower if you purchase it at the same time as one of Dell’s OptiPlex corporate desktop systems. Highly Recommended.

About the Author: Ron LaFon

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