Dell 2005FPW Resolution and Text Question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by GoCubsGo, Jul 22, 2005.

  1. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I have a 1.67ghz powerbook with the 128mb video card in it. I just hooked up a 20" WS Dell 2005FPW to it. I had it on 1600x1000 and found the text to be of adequate size. It was not super sharp though. I changed it to 1680x1050, same ratio but the text is slightly smaller and thinner. It is much sharper though. Is 1680x1050 just a better res for this powerbook, or do I have a bum monitor?
  2. ham_man macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2005
    Jessica, I pulled this text off Dell's site...
    Unless I am wicked dumb, 1680x1050 is the best setting for that monitor...
  3. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    There is nothing wrong with your powerbook or monitor. The Dell 2005FPW's native resolution is 1680x1050 so it will display the best quality picture at that resolution. You have nothing to worry about so you can enjoy your monitor worry free :)
  4. macbaseball macrumors 6502a


    Feb 27, 2005
    Northern California
    That's how all LCD monitors are. They have an optimum resolution and then all other resolutions are just a slight change to the optimum. The reason that 1600x1000 looks off is because you changed the aspect ratio from 16:9 to 16:10. If you want to run the monitor at a lower resolution that would be fine, but you just have to make sure that the aspect ratio is the same, and are willing to cope with slight quality loss.

    To answer you original question, there is nothing is wrong with your Powerbook. Enjoy your monitor - I would love to have one...
  5. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    1680x1050 is also 16:10 :)

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