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      29.09.2010 00:43
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      An excellent entry level monitor that works well for the average home PC

      Bought as part of the desktop package directly from Dell, it is fair to say that the Dell Ultrasharp 1800FP has been its only saving grace. The Ultrasharp range has been critically and therefore commercially successful allowing Dell to provide a viable competitor to big name LCD monitors from the likes of Sony or Samsung.

      The 1800FP is an 18.1 inch LCD monitor encased in silver plastic surround with a black contrast base. The rear is coloured in the same matt black plastic and is home to all the relevant sockets. These include the DVI and analogue sockets. The silver surround is extremely thin measuring a little under 2cms providing little distraction from the screen. It also means the unit is very compact with a depth of only a couple of inches, although the platform is 5 inches to provide the required stability. Still, this means that it will take up very little room but it does weigh a lot, a whopping 7.8kg, so you will need a sturdy workstation.

      In the package you will recieve the monitor, both analogue and DVI cables, power cord, manual in 12 languages and a cd containing all the relevant user documentation. It comes with the standard manufacturers 1 year warranty. Installation is simple when used with any system that utilises plug and play, so any PC from the past ten years will have no problems hooking up.

      The LCD screen is coated in an anti-glare compound which works, although this is not quite the fad it used to be as this comes as standard on any new monitor worthy of the name. Screen resolution is 1280x1024
      at 75Hz while contrast ratio is measured at 350:1. Maximum operating temperature is 95'c, minimum is 41'c. It consumes 50watts when operational fed through your standard AC socket.

      I cannot fault this piece of equipment. In the years I have used it, not once has it failed which is more than can be said for the desktop it accompanied. It supports movies or games with ease. Admittedly when compared to some of the high end LCD monitors that are available today, it doesn't hold up well. That is espescially the case if you are using it for graphics intensive games or HD movies.

      If however, you are looking for a cheap, reliable, middle of the road monitor, you will not go far wrong with this. I am not entirely certain they can be bought new but you can expect second hand versions in good condition to cost around the £30 range.

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