View Full Version : Gateway FPD2185W 21" widescreen...

12-04-05, 09:41 PM
...goes lovely with the GTX. Runs GREAT at 1680x1050, now the vid card can FINALLY stretch it's legs a bit, after being limited somewhat at the old res of 1280x1024 on my "old" 19" LCD.



12-04-05, 09:43 PM
We have a general hardware forum y'know.

12-04-05, 09:50 PM
Nevertheless, it looks really nice. (rudolf)

12-04-05, 09:56 PM
We have a general hardware forum y'know.

General, open, pretty close (xmasgrin)

12-05-05, 10:22 PM
Size comparison of my old 19" LCD vs. the new Gateway....


12-09-05, 09:22 AM
After much debating, reading reviews, trips to Best Buy and Compusa, I finally picked one of these up last night. This is my first LCD (excluding the Dell at work), after being resistant to moving from CRT.

All I can say is Oh. My. Gawd. This thing is beautiful! I'm not sure how it measures up in response time with other LCDs, but gaming at 1680x1050 is incredible. There's an ever-so-slight blurring when moving fast in FPS, or NFSMW, but not enough to detract from gameplay. I could discern no dead pixels, but corner backlight bleeding is noticeable on static, very dark screens. Bleeding is not noticeable during gaming (Q4, FEAR, X3 tested so far) Unless the slight blur is an attribute of ghosting, I have seen nothing that would qualify as ghosting.

One annoyance; unless I have the brightness over 80, there's an audible buzz from the monitor. Default settings have the brightness between 85-90, so no problems in daily use.

If anyone is in the market for a 21" widescreen LCD, I thoroughly recommend you check this one out.

I'll be happy to do a more in-depth review if anyone's interested.

12-09-05, 09:23 AM
I think I might pick one up soon too. It looks pretty nice. :D

Of course no stores near me have one. :rolleyes:

12-09-05, 11:02 PM
Turn back, all ye who languish at 56K...

Click for original size:

http://weescunner.smugmug.com/photos/47711421-M.jpg (http://weescunner.smugmug.com/photos/47711421-O.jpg)

And just because I like the shiny logo...

http://weescunner.smugmug.com/photos/47711423-S.jpg (http://weescunner.smugmug.com/photos/47711423-O.jpg)

12-09-05, 11:18 PM
Is it better then the dell? It seems cheaper anyways.

12-10-05, 07:06 AM
For it being a retail product, Best Buy's price is surprisingly good. I'd consider it, but once I get done with tax and everything, I can get a 2005FPW off eBay (supposedly A02 revision and brand new) for much less. Still a darn nice looking display, though. My 17-inch LCD is feeling the heat of a 1280x1024 resolution limit and I really would like to get something bigger.

12-10-05, 10:50 AM
My reason for buying retail was because of the inherent uncertainty that comes with buying an LCD. I've read countless instances of people who'd bought a Dell and exchanged it four, five, six times before they settled on a unit that was acceptable. If anything goes wrong with the Gateway, I can take it back and walk out a few minutes later with a new unit, or at worst my money.

I'm sure that statistically, Dell put out a high percentage of good quality panels. I've always been more comfortable buying retail.

Banko, to answer your question - no idea. I've got a 19" Dell at work and it's excellent. Can't play games on it, but 2D is top notch. Retail stores don't stock Dells (except perhaps Costco?), so I wasn't able to do a comparison. Generally speaking, people rave about the 2005 and the 2405(?). I suppose it all depends on how much money you're willing to spend, and if you're prepared to deal with RMA hassles if the Dell unit displays too many artifacts.

12-13-05, 11:14 AM
After using the monitor for a few days, I thought I'd post my impressions:

1. As others have reported on other forums (hardforum.com, widescreengamingforum.com) there is an audible buzzing sound from the monitor if the brightness is set below ~85. Turn it up a couple of points, and the buzzing goes away. This is annoying because I'd like to turn the brightness down. I don't know what the source of the sound is, but others have speculated it's the built-in power supply.

2. Colour banding is pretty severe, notably grayscale (black>white) gradients. There's a perceptible green hue to the deliniation between shades. I was originally using a single-link DVI-D cable, and swapped it out for a dual-link DVI-D, but there was no change. It's almost as if the monitor is 6-bit, and not 8-bit as advertised. I viewed the same grayscale gradient on my 19" Dell E193FP at work, and it looked fantastic.

3. Possibly as a consequence of #2, movies exhibit the same problem with darker colours. I would expect to see a smooth transition between shades. I expected that Revenge of the Sith would look great on this monitor, but I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be.

4. The position of the menu buttons on the right side of the panel can be an annoyance. It's not unusual to hit the wrong button and drop out of the menu, even though the OSD points to each button.

5. EZTune software causes the machine to hang when it tries to resolve the display during setup, and Windows startup. I expect this to be a driver conflict with NVIDIA.

I think I'll be taking this back and exchanging for a new one. I really like the monitor, but the annoyances make me think that mine came from a bad batch. Other people report no buzzing, no banding, and are truly satisfied with their purchase. If a new model eliminates issues 1 and 2, I'll be very, very happy. Games look fantastic, movies are almost there except for the less-than-smooth colour transitions, and Windows is sharp, clear, and awesome to work with in widescreen.