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..


I have mentioned earlier in the review that we took a look at the Dell 1907fp last week and had a lot of nice things to say about it. It is good in a sense that we have the ability to compare these two monitors side by side and see just how the 196fp performs when stacked up next to its superior brother, the 1907fp.

From an appearance standpoint, the 196fp is just as good as its brother, the 1907fp. The picture quality is just as good which is good as the 1907fp is a great monitor to begin with.


  • Large
  • Bright
  • 8ms response time
  • Takes up little desk real estate
  • Sleek look

  • No DVI
  • Stand is not adjustable
  • Does not rotate

Some of those cons were just me nitpicking. The only major gripe I have with this monitor is the lack of DVI output. This is not a huge deal as I cannot tell much of a difference at all, if any, between the DVI 1907fp and the Analog e196fp. All of the other complaints that I have with this monitor can be corrected with a different stand. While these extra features that another stand might create, not having them with the 196fp helps to keep the price down, making the 196fp that much more affordable.

I would not have any reservations at all in recommending the 196fp to anyone looking for a good, solid LCD display but that does not need the all the extra bells and whistles of a monitor like the 1907fp. In keeping in perspective, I gave the 1907fp 9 out of 10 with my editor’s choice, I have to give this screen an 8. I would like to give it a 7.5 but with the picture quality being as good as it is and the response time being 8ms, I feel that 8 out of 10 is a lot more fair of a score than a 7.

This is a good monitor that you can order direct from Dell and it comes with a 3 year warranty to boot. You can even do what I have done and pick up a couple for multi-display gaming goodness. Whatever you do though, keep this monitor in mind if you are in the market for a decent 19′ LCD screen.

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