If nothing else, I love the UK post delivery is fairly early in the morning.

This morning at 8:45 a knock on my door… it was the delivery service with my new Dell 2405FPW 🙂

My First reaction was surprise to how much wider the box itself was, compared to the 2005FPW box .. I rush in to open it up and set the monitor up, but we had an appointment for the girl’s doctors at 9:30, so it would have to wait till I come back from it before I could lay my eyes on it …
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Once I was back, I then opened it up and started to put it together .. I was very apprehensive .. having the 2005 already, I was hoping the size difference was noticeable, otherwise this was just money down the drain, my worries were put to rest once I got the display out of the box .. man .. this thing is HUGE.
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I started by taking a picture of it next to the 2005 I pulled out .. this picture doesn’t make it justice .. so I went on to plug it on, and check them side by side

There the size difference is really noticeable .. the 2405FPW is seriously larger than the 2005FPW

When I first turned it on my reaction was “WOW” .. the amount of it that filled my field of vision was staggering, this is indeed the perfect size monitor.

One of the things I was eager to check out, was how many more contacts I would get on my Adium Instant Messenger, so I took a capture with the old size and the new one, it seems I can get between 11 and 13 more contacts listed (depends if you have categories at the bottom) .. might not sound like allot .. but believe me .. it is 😀
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I then went on to compare the real estate gain between the 1680*1050 and 1920*1200 ..

The blue area shows the old size, the rest is new display .. I end-up by gaining almost 25% more estate .. which for somebody like me who has 10+ windows open at any time (over 2 monitors) it’s a real gain.

My biggest joy with this monitor over the 2005FPW is that it can take a Component signal IN now (Legend 5), I cant wait for the XBOX 360 to come out, because that is exactly were it will go.
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It’s a little brighter than the 2005 I think, well, a least I have reduced the brightness even more than on the 2005 (the 2005 is already way brighter than one needs) I also don’t see any of the light washing some people used to complaint abut on the 2005FPW .. this one is perfect .. not a single dead pixel either .. initially the whites were a lil yellow, but a quick Color Calibration took care of that, now the whites are as milky as ever.

I now cant wait to get the second one .. 2 x 24″ is going to be amazing, but as i write this, i look at all the area, and I must say, even just one 24″ will be amazing to 99% of the people out there, this is without a doubt the best bang for the buck out there right now.

All I can say once again is WOW .. and LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT….


Portuguese born, american accent, living in UK.

31 thoughts on “2405FPW

  1. Hi! Johann from Buenos Aires, Argentina here. Thanks for this info and pics you posted, I got a 2005FPW with some backlight bleeding, so I called Dell today and they will send a replacement from Dell USA. I did leave a voice message to the rep that helped me, asking what the difference in price would be if I decided to exchange it for a 2405, and from what I read here it’s worth it, right? I wanted widescreen to watch dvd’s, so I’m sure that the extra space is great not just for Windows!

  2. Johann

    Dell really got it right with the 2405, with my 2005’s I did notice some bleeding, but not with the 2405 .. perfect light symetry in every way.

    You did the right thing.

  3. Hi,

    A friend of mine who lives in the US ordered me one of these and he wants to bring it with him on a plane when he comes to visit next month (I live in Hungary). If he can’t bring it as carry-on he’ll have to send it some other way as I don’t think it would arrive in one piece if it was to be sent as plain old luggage.

    What I’d like to know is: exactly how big is the box they ship it in? Could you pleeeease measure it for me? 🙂

    Thanks in advance!

  4. icanfly:

    the box is: 745*495*292 (mm)

    the whole thing is about 13KG

    good luck 🙂

  5. PS – if it was up to me I would put the stand on the luggage and carry the display with me wrapped in bubble wrap and in a duffle bad carry-on.

  6. Hey, that’s a fantastic idea! The screen itself is sure to fit the carry-on size!

    Oh, I’m sooo excited 🙂 🙂

    Thanks for help, mate! 🙂

  7. my new 24 got delivered to the wrong address. im pissed off.gotta wait a few more days..this is why i hate ordering shit and have it delivered by anyone other than ups or fedx. dell needs to fire that dam carrier they deal with…dam im mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Ouch 🙁 .. well, fedex once lost a whole server that was to be delivered to me, came to find out, they had left it on the neighbour’s porch ..

  9. man i gotta wait another 3 to 5 days ….dell is gonna send it again…im not even lookin forward to it like i was in the begining.

  10. airmikey

    That sucks, but once you open that box, all will be forgiven 🙂

    I have paid for my second one over a week ago, they are on backorder, so it might be another week or more before I get it …

  11. nullmind

    i guess im gonna need some wallpapers, hmm , u know where to get a few 1920×1200 ?

  12. thx for the links, i noticed that u work on servers.what can u tell me about the new asus motherboard-k8n-dl and the opteron cpus ?

  13. airmikey

    Believe it or not, I haven’t used a opteron yet, when going for hi-end servers we allways go with XEONS

  14. Hi again,

    Just wanted to let you know that the screen got here fine, thanks to your brilliant idea 😉

    It’s everything that I’ve dreamed about and more 😀

    The pivot function is fantastic. I can actually display over 100 lines of code at the same time! I wish every programmer could have one of these 🙂

    As I also do photo editing and graphic design work, I was a little worried the color reproduction wouldn’t be as good as my 21′ Samsung CRT but after some fiddling with the brightness, the custom RGB settings and the gamma on my video card, I find the colors good enough for even the most precise work I sometimes do, so I’d really recommend this screen to anybody who is looking for a replacement for their CRT.

    Thanks Again and Take Care 🙂

  15. Hmmm wonder why the system put me in the NL suddenly…? 🙂

    As far as I know I’m still in Hungary 😀

  16. That’s great 😀

    I have since got my 2nd display, and am using them on a dual screen setup .. it’s amazing to have all that real estate 😉

    Not sure why the system put you in the NL .. probably the IP is beeing seen as a NL IP .. time to enter a Bug Report 🙂

  17. NullMind: Congratulations on your (now) double 2405 setup! I too have just ordered 2 of these beauties (@ $803 ea w/ 33% Dell discount) – will be using them to start my day trade “profession”.

    What is your system setup (other than the Nvidia 6800GT)? I will be using Compaq 1365DL Athlon 64 3300+ 1GB w/ ATI Radeon 9550 256MB – the ATI card obviously does 1920×1600 but will be able to drive that resolution on both monitors (or that on one and a lower setting on the other)? – Or will I have to (can I even) add another ATI 9550 (a PCI, I guess – my ATI is AGP and only 1 AGP slot)?

    Thanks much, and appreciate any advice you may have re my dual monitor setup!


  18. The Radeon shouldl be more fine and able to drive both displays at the same time, allot of it is dependant on the memory, and at 256MB it has more than enought 🙂

    and yes, last resort, you could add a PCI, but I seriously dont believe you will require a second card.

  19. Well I was thinking of buying one of these or a BenQ 937S+ Gaming monitor, before reading these posts. By the time I got to the end, I’d already faxed off my order here in Aus for $1438.00AUD 🙂

  20. i have 2 of the 2005fpws, and my colors are off, photoshop says the monitors color profile is invalid, do you have a better one?

  21. ha, and . I have put them for sale … I am goign for the 30″ that dell just released 😉

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