I'm very close to purchasing the 1901FP but was wondering if anyone has experienced vertical white bars that appear on the sides of the screen while web surfing or in general. My friend has this screen and said that white bars appear when Netscape or IE are maximized as if they are space fillers. I did a search and couldn't confirm his statement. Has anyone experienced this? Thanks!
Well Mele I went ahead and read the PCWorld review. You can't seem to stop bad mouthing the 1901 on here, so let's see what PCWorld had to say.
Though the 1901FP wasn't among the highest-scoring 19-inch LCDs in our image-quality tests, it did score in the top half in a field of high-end monitors, almost all of which have superb image quality.
Top half in the field? Do you think it would be in the top half if you couldn't read text on it?
It ranked a bit better in graphics than text, reproducing skin tones especially well in a photograph of children. The 1901FP rendered text best in our Microsoft Word and Excel documents; its text looked somewhat fuzzy on another screen showing various sizes of type.
Huh. That certainly doesn't seem to imply the text is UNREADABLE, does it.
Dell's thoughtfully designed 1901FP offers a plethora of useful features and fine image quality to suit nearly any office or home user.
Again, I don't think they would say it suits office and home users if it was unreadable.
Let me ask you this, have you gone to Best Buy or Circuit City and checked out the 1901's twin LCD panel? You can see text on it and you will immediately see how it is supposed to look.
Well if PCWorld rated it as good, that certainly sounds better than what you have on yours, doesn't it? If the people at PCWorld got a LCD that had your problem, you can be sure they would have given it the lowest score. All I'm trying to do is convince you that your 1901 has a problem. I know it's your second one, but that doesn't mean you can't get 2, or 3, or 4 bad ones in a row. A 'good' rating would at least imply it's readable.
Flicker and 'wobblies' is not inherent to XP, since you are the first person I have ever heard mention it. Mine doesn't have that problem.
IE text can be zoomed by holding down the control key and using the mouse wheel. Believe me your LCD is not preventing you from enlarging fonts. The monitor has no CLUE what info is being given to it, it can't say yes or no to anything (except to certain resolutions). Enlarging fonts is done strictly in software.
I haven't had to call support since they went to India (?) but a lot of people have a story like yours to tell. I'll find out since I have a HDD going bad.
Isn't there another computer you could plug your 1901 into and see if it clears up?
Hmmm thanks gang for the replies. I might hold off on this one as I've read that there is still quite a bit of ghosting. I wonder how the 2001FP rates...Anandtech gave it a solid review.