Dell 1905FP or 2005FPW?

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  1. MacAztec macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Alright, here is the situation. My mom is going to get a Mac Mini (after April 29th, when they ship with Tiger). Dell is having a nice display deal right now, so we thought we would order a new display also. The Dell 1905FP is $499 retail, and can be had for $299, while the 2005FPW can be had for $490.

    My question: Is it worth it to get the 2005FPW for the extra $200?

    She doesn't do any photos, chatting, or anything like that (no gaming either). Just eMail, excel, and word.

    She currently has a Princeton 19" LCD, but it is kind of outdated, and not very crisp.
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Absolutely, get the widescreen.

    'Course it's not my money...
  3. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Go for the 2005FPW, you will like the extra pixels....
  4. jscheiman macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona
    2005fpw, you'll appreciate the extra space, especially if you ever decide to watch DVD's on it!
  5. panphage macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2003
    I think this is a pretty personal decision. I have the 2005fpw and absolutely adore it. But your mom may prefer the 19". Remember that the difference in resolution is huge here. The 1905's native res is 1280x1024 but the 2005 runs at 1680x1050. That means the 2005 has a *lot* more desktop space (369,280 more pixels) BUT smaller pixels. I like little pixels but not everyone does.
  6. MoparShaha macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2003
    San Francisco
    I actually just went through this decision. I decided on the 1905FP. Not only was it $200 less, but more to the point, I wanted a screen that displayed things bigger. My eyes aren't what they were, and the bigger the better.

    I was running 1600x1200 on a 21" CRT a year ago, and found it difficult to deal with. If eyesight wasn't a problem, I would have gone for the 2005FPW though.

    Either screen is a bargain, you can't go wrong with either.
  7. Toreador93 macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2003
    For your mom, I would suggest the 19". I don't think she'd utilize the 20" widescreen enough to justify the extra $190.

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