Pros cheap, attractive design, good ergonomics
Cons sub-standard image quality with DVI, even worse with VGA input
Summary As the satisfied owner of a Dell 2005FPW, I had high hopes for the 1707FP. Based on the glowing reviews here, I figured it would offer comparable image quality in a smaller package for a lot less money. Based on what Dell sent me though, I have a hard time believing it is the same monitor people here are talking about.
The picture quality is abysmal. It is quite a bit worse than my mid-level 3 year old Samsung VGA-only 17" LCD, or even my nearly 5 year old cheapo KDS 15" LCD. Out of the box, there is a heavy bluish color cast that is difficult to fix with the monitor color controls or with software calibration. Even worse is the dynamic range, contrast and color banding... even with the DVI input, colors look rough and contrast is very uneven from light to dark. On VGA it only gets worse... my PowerBook hooked up via VGA looked fantastic on my 2005FPW, but on the 1707FP it is beyond bad. White-on-black terminal fonts are blotchy, anti-aliased text is jagged and the subtle gradients used throughout Mac OS X are so splotchy, you'd think you were looking at a really bad GIF screenshot.
Finally, the slightest change in viewing angle can bring about very large changes in color fidelity. Looking at the color calibration patterns in Mac OS X monitor calibration, even the slightest tip of the head will change contrast noticably. I do not have this problem with any other LCD I own, including the Dell 2005FPW which is a viewing angle champ.
In short, I really don't know how this monitor is gaining such great reviews. I did not even realize it was only a 6-bit panel until I did a little more research. If you're just looking for a basic DVI-input monitor and don't need good color fidelity, I suppose it's passable. But if you care even the slightest bit about image quality, steer way clear of this one. I'm most definitely returning mine.
Pros Low price ($239 at Costco.com), crisp picture, very modern look, 3yr replacement warranty.
Cons Non that I can see yet!
Summary I ordered this monitor through Costco.com on 1 Mar 06 for $239.00 which included shipping. What a deal! I received it in 2 days directly from Dell. This is a great LCD. The colors are vivid, the text is crisp. I am using an ATI 9600 AIW analog card. This LCD performs perfectly in analog mode! DVDs and television feed look great. The only adjustment that I need to make was to reduce the brightness to 60%. The other settings were fine. CNET says the stand is a bit wobbly. I disagree. It is very stable and extremely adjustable. I have seen few LCDs with adjustabe stands as good as what you find on a Dell. Since I can't test it in DVI mode, I will only rate it a 9 to be fair. If what I have seen in analog mode is any indication, then the DVI picture should be outstanding! At $239 this is a great buy.
Pros Great Value and Build Quality. Stylish Look. Physical adjustments in every direction.
Cons The height adjustment isn't very secure. It only looks it place at the very bottom position. I also have backlight bleeding at the top of bottom ridge of the screen.
Summary I got bought this from SamsClub.Com; The order arrived in 4 days. Unlike the CNET review I feel that the stand is very secure. The backlight issues are not a big deal to me. I only notice them when the screen is totally black and all of the lights are out. My monitor came with no dead pixels. Overall this monitor is a great buy. Highly recommend.
Pros flexible and adjustable stand
Cons do not support lower resolutions well
Summary I tried to set the monitor resolution to 1024x768. But the text flicers at that mode (at any refresh rate). This is especially noticable for the white text on the black background. Not much suitable for an office user at all.
Pros USB hub; Great quality; DVI and VGA
Cons None so far
Summary This monitor is great. Large, cool, and has a USB hub. I connected it via DVI and the quality is great compared to my old HP vs17. EXCELLENT JOB MICHEAL DELL AND YOUR TEAM!