The Dell 2005FPW turned in a solid performance on CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based image-quality tests. Text is clear, sharp, and easy to read. The grayscale tests show a bright white at the high-intensity end of the scale and a decent black at the low-intensity end, though we saw some compression on the dark end. We saw some greenish tints in the midrange, but they were not pronounced. Screen uniformity tests show the 2005FPW to be slightly brighter in the corners than in the center, and some colors, most noticeably red, look slightly pale in the lower corners of the screen. The 2005FPW did not fare very well on our DVD and gaming tests. We saw lots of noise, as well as streaking and ghosting, but the details were generally good.
The Dell 2005FPW comes with a three-year warranty. Toll-free technical support is available from Dell for the life of the warranty. There is no printed user guide, but the manual on CD-ROM is sufficient. Dell's Web site offers online support in the form of answers to FAQs, a searchable knowledge base, troubleshooting tips, and downloads and upgrades.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)