Buying a 2005fpw

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by yg17, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I'm looking to buy a Dell 2005fpw in a month or so...but what's the trick to getting them cheap? Everyone says how you can get them for right around $400, so what's the trick? Thanks
  2. andcraig macrumors regular

    May 28, 2005
    I just went to Dell's website and they had a a sale deal going so with shipping and all it was about $420. If you just type into google Dell coupons 2005fpw you might get some extra coupons that pop up, but a lot of the ones i found were expired.

    Great monitor, every time I look at it I cry just a little from the joy of it.
  3. hhlee macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2005
    check these crazy bargain hunting sites. i got mine when it was around ... $360 (?)
  4. weldon macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2004
    Denver, CO
  5. Scott L macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2006
    I got mine for about $400 from Dell Small Business during a quarterly sale.

    It's a very good monitor in a number of ways, but having said that, it does have one potential major defect that I know of: the backlight can leak fairly badly. This was a known problem in earlier versions of this monitor, and has supposedly been fixed. Mine however, does have fairly annoying light leaks at all four corners (and was bought fairly recently). It's not a problem when I use it for Web surfing or editing music in Logic (in fact, it's great for that), but if you want to watch a movie on it, or edit photos, the light leaks can prove troublesome (very annoying in a dark movie). I almost sent mine back.

    Yes, it does have the same PANEL as the Apple Cinema, but it doesn't have the same backlight. Caveat emptor
  6. tonyl macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2006
    I heard 2005fpw has lots of issues. The new model 2007 is said to be much better than 2005 although technical specifications are not quite good, but it uses different panel.
  7. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    Where have you heard that? :confused:

    I've heard almost nothing but praise for that model. In fact, I just bought one myself after the 2007's were announced and I couldn't be happier with it. I know has/had them listed for ~$365.
  8. wPod macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2003
    Denver, CO
    just check dell's website frequently. i got mine for just over 400 with shipping, but i have seen that people can get better deals, or add coupons to get them for around 360. just keep your eyes open and check dell's website frequently.
  9. bursty macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2004
    Absolutely zero problems with my 2005FPW. I got mine for $396 shipped a couple months ago.
  10. beatzfreak macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    Me, too. Same price.
    So far, I've been very pleased with this monitor.
  11. cwerdna macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005
    SF Bay Area, California
    I'll chime in too and say that I've got no problems w/my 2005FPW and my 2001FP. They come w/3 year warranties.
  12. Abulia macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2004
    Kushiel's Scion
    Love my 2005FPW! Best purchase ever.

    It did have some dead pixels, however. A quick call to Dell got me a replacement in 2 days. Dell's dead pixel policy is very liberal (they didn't ask how many or where, they just sent a replacement) and beats Apple's by a mile.
  13. terriyaki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2005

    I got mine a month or so ago through's '12 days of Dell deals' deal for $499 CAD.

    Two replacements later I'm pretty satisfied. The first LCD had severe backlight issues, the second had some backlight problems and a few dead pixels but thankfully the third is perfect. :D

    But yeah, you can usually catch the 2005FPWs at around $363 every two to three weeks on dealmein.

    Good luck.

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