The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

Advantages of Working for a BigCo

I just got my new Dell 2001FP LCD monitor setup for my work system. It's a beautiful 20" panel that runs at 1600x1200 and works nicely with my laptop's 1400x1050 14.1" screen. The monitor arrived on Friday, but I didn't have time to get it unpacked and working until this afternoon. When I got hired, I had a choice between the 20" monitor or a couple of 17" LCDs. Since I was going to be using the laptop display, picking the big one was a no-brainer.

The panel has connections for DVI, VGA, composite, and S-Video, which makes me think it might work nicely hooked up to a VCR and DVD player. I've got a few handy video sources, so I'll try it out and see how it goes. I've seen this unit on various deal sites for around $550, so if it works nicely for normal video, I'd probably recommend it over a LCD TV (the well-reviewed Panasonic 17" TV is around $800 at Costco and only does 640x480!). It doesn't have any speakers, but I've probably got a few sets hanging around that would work better than anything built into a TV.

Here's a AnandTech review of this monitor from early 2004. They seemed to like it a lot. By the way, yes, giantrobo, I know this can't really compare with the 30" Apple behemoth you got back in January, but it's also doesn't require a second video card or a government grant to work properly either.
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