Dell LCD Monitor – 2005FPW vs. 2007FPW

A few weeks ago I had to return my Dell 2005FPW Ultrasharp 20.1″ Widescreen LCD Monitor due to burn-in issues (which resulted in extended use, it seems.) Dell exchanged my monitor for a new 2007FPW monitor (A02 revision without the banding problem A00 had), which is the 2005FPW updated. While having the two together before I shipped off the old one, I decided to compare them to see what differences, if any, were between the two monitors. As it turned out, there were a lot of differences. Here’s the technical differences:

Contrast Ratio:

2005FPW: 600:1
2007FPW: 800:1

As a general rule, the higher the contrast ratio, the deeper and more accurate the colors are. For example, black looks darker and more uniform on the 2007FPW due to the higher contrast ratio.

Pixel Response Time:

2005FPW: 12ms (grey to grey)
2007FPW: 16ms (Unknown)

Dell’s technical specification didn’t really outline what the 16ms pixel response time for the 2007FPW, was it for black to white or grey to grey? Either way, it really doesn’t matter. Companies can be very misleading or outright lying with the numbers due to non-standardized tests in this area. They can use particular tools that favor their equipment to get the best number possible. I rarely trust stated pixel response times when it comes to LCD monitors, the only way you can tell is by using your own eyes, watching a fast-paced movie or playing a fast-paced game to see if there are ghosting artifacts using the monitor.

Viewing Angle:

2005FPW: +/- 88 (vertical) typ, +/- 88 (horizontal)
2007FPW: +/- 89 (vertical) typ, +/- 89 (horizontal)

Not much of a difference really, but one thing I do want to point out is that I don’t get the purplish tint when I view the 2007FPW from a side angle, whereas the 2005FPW had this problem. Another thing I noticed is that the height adjustment for the 2007FPW doesn’t go as high as the 2005FPW can, which is a drawback.

A few other differences is the outside of the 2007FPW has more silver and design to it, while the 2005FPW is more unassuming and plain. The footprint is less on the 2007FPW, while the 2005FPW had a half-circle thing. The 2007FPW feels a bit lighter, and has a thinner bezel. I’ve also noticed the 2007FPW outputs less heat off the top, which is nice, especially if you live in a warmer climate. Finally 2007FPW is said to support HDCP, which isn’t a big deal, but necessary for future-proofing monitors.

With all that said, it feels like I got a nice little upgrade from my old monitor. Games and movies look better, and I don’t notice any ghosting to speak of. The backlight bleeding was bad on the 2005FPW, although I grew used to it and didn’t see it anymore after a week of using it. The 2007FPW suffers from backlight bleeding, but it is significantly reduced and not a factor at all. I also didn’t get a single dead/stuck pixel, which is nice. While it was painful going through Dell’s so-called support to honor my warranty, I’m happy with the 2007FPW.

If you’d like to see the technical specs on both monitors, here’s the one for the 2005FPW, and here’s the one for the 2007FPW.

Florida Gators – 2007 National Champions

Back in April last year, I celebrated the championship of the Gators when the men’s basketball team thrashed and dominated UCLA.  Now today I celebrate the championship of the men’s football team, who like the basketball team during the championship game, thrashed and dominated Ohio State University.  It was an absolute killing in every facet of the game.  The final score?  41-14!  Phew.

What made it sweeter is that everyone, from analysts, betters, and football fans everywhere said the Gators don’t deserve to be in the title game.  That they aren’t good enough to face the juggernaut that is Ohio State, who demolished everyone (except Michigan) on their schedule.  Judging by last night’s game, looks like they just had a weak schedule.  Come to the SEC, OSU, then let’s see how you fare.  As a note, OSU are now 0 for 8 against SEC teams.  Big 10 went 2-5 in Bowl games this year.

Chris Leak, the MVP of the game, deserved the championship.  He faced every kind of obstacle a quarterback can face – changing coaches, offense philosophies, different guidelines, etc.  Yet he overcame it all, and now he’s one of two best quarterbacks the University of Florida has ever had in its 100 year college football history.  I remember when he first announced he would become a Florida Gators back in 2003, he told other kids who were thinking of going to Florida, to join him and win a championship with him.  He delivered on that promise.

So congratulations, Gators, it was a very fun season to watch, and the championship game was extremely exciting.  You’ve made this lifelong Gators one very happy fan!  Go Gators!

Semi-Obscure Music Sub-Genres

For a lot of people, music is the stuff you hear on the radio, or see on VH-1 (MTV doesn’t show much music these days.)  So to a lot of people, there are sub-genres of music out there that they know nothing about, or if they had, had no idea what it was.  As much as I am into music, I’m overwhelmed by all the little sub-genres out there.

In this post, I thought I’d cover a few and give an example song of that style.  Who knows, maybe you’ll broaden your taste in music.

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