Dell 2405FPW 24" TFT
Published: 20th January 2006 | Source: Dell | Price: |Meet the Monitor
The first impressions of the monitor when I took it out of the box were of a solid and well build piece of equipment.
The look that Dell give their monitors is one of professional Grey. I like this look but aesthetically the Apple Cinema Screen beats it for looks.
At this point I will quickly talk about the controls of the monitor.
The controls to the panel are intuitive and look very nice, matching in with the theme of the monitor. There is not much adjustment for the D-Sub or DVI inputs, but as DVI is digital there is not much need for that. I am assuming that if you can afford the 2405, then you can certainly afford a graphics card with DVI-out. To switch between outputs requires one button, as the same is true for switching between PiP modes.
The On Screen Display is easy to navigate though I feel requires little adjustment.
Here is a picture of the controls:
Stand and viewing
The excellent stand that the TFT comes with does just about any adjustment that you would want it to. It does tilt, height adjust , swivel and goes 90° to a portrait stance:
And at its horizontal position:
This vertical position will no doubt be most appreciated by Graphical design artists - but I have to say I have found no practical use for it.
The screen has an excellent viewing angle both sideways on and up and down. I have had a few friends round playing on the XBox 360 and we had no problems seeing the details from several angles from a few metres away.
Desktop Real estate
The screen outputs at a native res of 1920 x 1200. Dell have provided a CD with the drivers on it, but Windows XP also has an updated driver that gives you full support.
This size is more than enough for me to do all the tasks that I need to do on it. If you take a look at the below pictures (click the links) you can see just what I have to work with with the Dell 2405FPW - I literally don't feel the need for dual screens - its that big.
As you can see, the 2405FPW provides more than enough space for a busy and avid computer enthusiast.