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The Dell 1907FP Display
Low response times, but no more Super IPS panels?

Dell, the undisputed LCD vendor for the US, took an unusual step backwards today by announcing the 8ms UltraSharp 17" 1707FP and UltraSharp 19" 1907FP LCD displays.  The displays both use 6-bit LCD panels capable of 262,000 colors per pixel with an 8ms gray to gray response time. 

Dell has been a large proponent of 8-bit Super IPS LCD panels in the past, but the move to 6-bit panels for the 1707FP and the 1907FP is not completely unusual.  Typically, Dell will use different components for different regions -- so the UltraSharp 1907FP in Europe may be completely different than the UltraSharp 1907FP in the US.

Both displays come with a native resolution of 1280x1024 and 500:1 contrast ratios.  Representatives from Dell Europe claim the price of the 1707FP and 1907FP will be £199 and £299, respectively.

Dell is expected to announce the UltraSharp 2007FPW and UltraSharp 2407FPW widescreen displays on the 24th of this month. The 30" 3007FPW was announced early this year.

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By Shining Arcanine on 2/14/2006 5:36:27 PM , Rating: 3
It could be that Dell is saving the quality 8bit panels for the US and selling the 6bit panels overseas. I know I would never buy a 6bit panel. It is a waste of money.

By FoxFour on 2/14/2006 7:43:47 PM , Rating: 2
But I'd bet that the vast majority of LCD's sold by companies other than Dell are 6-bit, and that 95% of buyers probably don't have the foggiest idea which is which or what it might mean.

It's a sad thing when we get inferior products due to consumer ignorance.

By jr9k on 2/18/2006 6:08:07 PM , Rating: 2
20" and 24" are (or should be) high end monitors. I really hope they don't use 6-bit panels because I'm planning to get the 2007.

I'm european and I don't buy 6-bit monitors.

Dell LCDs
By Josh7289 on 2/14/2006 8:55:43 PM , Rating: 2
Regarding the Dell 17" and 19" LCD monitors currently being sold in the US, what kind of panel are these and are they 6-bit or 8-bit? Also, what are their response times?


RE: Dell LCDs
By Jedi2155 on 2/14/2006 10:40:07 PM , Rating: 2
I believe they are currently 8 Bit panels.

I have tried using a 6-Bit panel before (the samsung 712N) and I just couldn't stand the lower color quality when looking at pictures and it was even noticeable in games like CS:Source! After that, I knew that wouldn't touch ever touch a 6-bit panel again. 8-Bit for the win! (2005 FPW, 2001FP, 1905FP are all 8-bit panels).

I think the easiest way to tell them apart from specs is if they advertise 16.2 million colors rather than 16.7 (I don't now how they get 16.2 million from 262,000 colors per pixel, but I heard it has to do some color blending).

New 20" and 24"?
By RobFDB on 2/15/2006 3:17:31 AM , Rating: 2
So are the UltraSharp 2007FPW and UltraSharp 2407FPW going to be different resolutions compared to the current 20" and 24" widescreen models, or are they just going to be using the 6bit panel?

RE: New 20" and 24"?
By JNGT on 2/15/2006 9:13:06 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure about the 6/8-bit panels, but the "7" in the model number should indicate the new generation of displays which are meant to be HDCP compliant for Windows Vista.

not here yet
By bobbyt on 2/24/2006 12:51:38 PM , Rating: 2
Well it's the 24th and no 24" LCD. Major let down

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