Dell 1905FP or 2005FPW?


macrumors 68040
Original poster
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She currently has a Princeton 19" LCD, but it is kind of outdated, and not very crisp.


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.


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.


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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