Dell 19″ UltraSharp E196FP LCD Monitor

by Greg King on July 6, 2006 in Graphics & Displays

A few weeks ago we took the 1907FB for a spin, and now it’s the E196FPs turn. It features a bright 19″ viewing area and supports up to 1280*1024 at 75Hz. Let’s see how it performs..

Resolution, Picture Quality

On the next of the stand, there is an open hole, allowing you to route your cables through, keeping your monitor cables together and keeping your desk somewhat less cluttered. I for one, appreciate this.

There is also a swivel at the top of the neck of the stand, allowing one to rotate the 196fp vertically up and down. This is nice to use to position the 196fp at an angle that is comfortable for you to view.

Resolution and Picture Quality:

Before we get to deep into the review, I want to share with you the specs of the 196fp, provided by Dell themselves.

As the specs share, the 196fp has a native resolution of 1280×1024. This is the sweet spot of the monitor where the picture will look its best but the 196fp is not limited to just this one resolution. You can select resolution under 1280×1024 but for me, I personally prefer 1280×1024. A nice feature of this monitor it the auto adjust option. With just a push of a button, the screen will stretch out vertically and horizontally to fill the screen completely. No more scroll wheels or manual adjustments for me please.

Below is a screen shot of the 196fp’s on screen menu. From this menu, you can adjust a number of things including positioning, image settings, cooler settings, OCD settings and language. There is also an option to return all settings to the factory stock settings. This might be used if you get frustrated adjusting your screen and just mess everything up. While very few people will have this problem, the option is there and that is good.

Picture quality is good as well. I am happy overall with the bright colors, as well as the crisp text. Pictures do not do this justice but I will attempt to show you how the picture looks.

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