I've got a question for you guys. Im interested in getting it, however im scared of the number of dead pixels I might get since it's such a large panel. If you have the monitor does yours have any dead pixels on it? If so are the noticable? Thanks!
Our 2001FP seems to be perfect - not a single pixel dead or amiss. Here our observations:
Refresh rate - this is one of the faster/fastest LCDs around, and it is a 20.1" display - makes a HUGE difference if you want watch DVDs, movies or fast gaming et. live video chatting and so on.
Missing software - We are still trying to get Dell to tell us where the pivot/rotating software is, because it is not in the ATI catylist 3.10 control panel/display stuff. So we are unable to use the 2001FP in potrait mode. (Dell ya listening?)
Digital vs Analogue - There seems to be some problems reported here in forum where people set up 2001FP using analogue and then change the connection to DVI (digital) and seems the 2001FP gets stuck, or it may be the graphics card they are using -- this is unclear to us. So we have not used it in analogue mode, only digital. What we suspect is people buy the 2001FP but hook it up to a low/mid range video card, or an older one..
Video Card we use the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB card - works great. We use it with ATI's release set of the catalyst drivers, not the Dell set. (Dell even says go to ATI's website to upgrade).
Video Resolution - We use it at 1600x1200 32bit color. So far everything is very crisp. This is what is called VESA as opposed to the lowly VGA
Monitor itself - the top of it gets hot - seems to be very hot in contrast to our other LCD displays.
Install etc, You will have to manually install the monitor driver - Windows XP will see it only as a generic plug N play monitor. We do wish the DVI cable was longer.
What we wish for? I wish it had a built in ambiant light sensor, so that would be user configureable so that as the room becomes brighter the monitor would accordingly begin to increase the brightness automatically and or lower it as the room darkens.
Sound bar - not purchased - and from what other people have said - not that great - but of course that is all subjective.
Price, In the 2 weeks since we bought the 2001FP, Dell has reduced the price by 100 plus bucks.
Brightness - This is one VERY bright display LOL, so bright at night it hurts the eyes! So you sort of do need ambiant indirect lighting so you not fatigue your eyes
I think some of the troubles people encounter, and again this is just speculation is that people often times do not have a good balance of components. That is they may have a high end display,but a medicore graphics card, which may be installed on yet an even slower/older PC. So seems to us that when you have such significant skew of components, problems emerge, and this is not an observation about the 2001FP, just an overview. And something to keep in mind as you make your decisions about what components and all you want.
Our system is a 8300 P4 2.8Ghz, with 800 FSB, and 1GB 400hz RAM. XP Pro, and with the full 3 year warranty extension, and 3 year service contract with the 3 year accidental stuff added. We are paying all this extra money because of the size of the investment of equipment and certainly to protect us against some of the newer pieces such as the new 2001FP which not yet have a proven record.
Hope this is of some help.
This is from a previous post for users with ATI cards. I haven't attempted it yet but plan on doing so tonight when I update to 3.10 (running 9800XT). Other option is to purchase software like Pivot Pro.
Hope that helps.
Message Edited by Sterndogg02 on 01-14-2004 09:17 AM