Wallmount, Swivel, Pivot & Cable Management

How many of you remember the pivot feature on the 191T LCD that we reviewed last year? That's right — Dell brought this feature back in the 2001FP. The original Samsung 191T was pivotable, but fairly awkward. The 191T cable management provided difficulties when attempting to pivot the unit. Dell took a slightly different approach to this problem, but essentially reevaluated the stand of the LCD in the form of a primitive universal joint.


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Dell's first move was to build the monitor in two separate pieces; the mount and the screen are two totally separate units. The screen has a receptacle for a standard 100mm VESA wall mount, but can be interchanged with the stand. Interchanging the stand with a VESA wall mount was very simple and requires no tools. Dell deserves some extra credit points here. It sounds obvious, but believe us, not many monitors are built this way. As you can see below, the stand allows a swivel of about 50 degrees left and right, as well as a 90 degree pivot clockwise. A small button locks the monitor in place in either landscape or letter pivot mode.



All of the inputs are fed into the LCD under the stand mount. This is acceptable, but not particularly thrilling. Samsung's 192T, arguably, has the best cable management, with the interfaces all running down the inside of the stand. Dell's whole stand can be folded into VESA compatible mount point. On one hand, we enjoy the fact that Dell set the monitor up to be easily interchanged with a VESA arm, but on the other hand, we miss the extremely simple cable management on the 192T.

As somewhat of an unusual move, the 2001FP has a small cable holster at the base of the stand. Good intentions, but poor foresight. Any premium VGA or DVI cable has an insulator a few inches from the end, and usually, this happens to be the same linear distance as the cable holster on the bezel. This is fine if you keep the monitor stationary, but if you pivot the screen, the cable instantly snags on the holster. This, therefore, makes the holster useless.



We would further like to note that even if you do not use the holster, the monitor can still be a slight pain to rotate. It needs to be tilted slightly before pivoting because there is not enough clearance between the monitor base and the screen bezel to come all the way around in an upright position.

Construction (continued) LG.Philips LCD LM201U04
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  • GoofyFoot - Friday, January 06, 2006 - link

    Thanks for your review of the Dell UltraSharp 2001F. I've notitced that the monitor is a couple of years old. I'm wondering if you've seen anything newer (e.g. Samsung 204T or ???) at 1600 x 1200 and approximately 20" that you would favor for text? I spend much of my time working with black-on-white text, no shading or color. Unfortunately, I have never been able to demo the Dell 2001F. Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Saturday, December 04, 2004 - link

    Carolie: I am not entirely familiar with the BFG card, although i suspect it is not dual headed - meaning you cannot have both inputs hooked up at the same time. I have the D-sub and DVI connector on my 2001FP hooked up constantly and i am switching back and forth all day with no problems - although the two cables hook up to different machines.

    I suggest just keep the DVI cable and ditch the Analog one.

    Kristopher
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  • Carolie - Monday, November 15, 2004 - link

    I bought one of these in May 2004 and have had no problems.

    I need to know if something is possible though. I have a BFGTech GeForce5700LE video card with an analog VGA out and a DVI-I video out. This monitor has an analog VGA in and a DVI-D video in.

    I would like to be able to switch back and forth easily between the analog and digital inputs from the same computer for purposes of either work or game.

    But when I hook up both the analog and digital connections to the monitor, it defaults to the analog and I cannot get a digital signal.

    The only way I can get a digital signal is to not have the analog connected. If I have both connected, I get no signal when I switch from input 1 (analog) to input 2 (digital). The manual says you cannot have both connected at the same time.

    Is what I want to do possible and I'm just doing something wrong or is it simply not possible with the design of this monitor?

    I can't get through to Dell technical support because the monitor does not have a "service tag" and I can't contact Dell technical support via e-mail, online, or phone without a service tag.

    Any advice?
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  • clamps - Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - link

    I have two of these running from a Quadro 4 980 XGL, and I gotta say these are the best monirots i've yet used.
    Please be aware that the colour reproduction is not perfect, but it's sure as hell good enough for me.
    I do 3d work here in Japan. Running a dual 20" LCD rig has long been my dream. I gotta say it was worth the wait.

    Oh, I had 1 red pixel out of the box, away in a corner. I NEVER see it, and the guy said that if it hits 6 damaged pixels in the next 3 years they'll fix it for free.

    Has anyone got anything they wanna know before buying some of these?
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  • rhoelzl - Friday, August 06, 2004 - link

    i have bought this screen, but i am returning it to dell. it is not acceptable for games in my eyes.

    i did not notice any problems with ghosting or similar, but the black is so bright, that in any game containing dark areas the atmosphere is being ruined (especially bad: "thief - deadly shadows").

    very sad, because besides that problem, the screen was perfect. perhaps i should stick to CRTs...
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  • loopy - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 - link

    Hmm. I have been using my 2001FP for a month.
    I have found atleast 5 dead subpixels (green colored)located upperleft quadrant and lowerright quadrant . Anyone know if Dell will replace it ? I haven't been in touch with them yet.
    Quote from review: "However, considering the density and volume of pixels (1600x1200), we expected a higher pixel failure rate. Dell has informed us that had this been an actual production unit, and not a pre-production sample, the defect rate would have been much lower."

    Ingemar
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  • KristopherKubicki - Saturday, May 15, 2004 - link

    $650 is an awesome price!

    Kristopher
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  • TurtleMan - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - link

    Hmm i got mine too, haven't test on game yet, but no deadpixel, i like ;D

    hey can't aruge about it when i got this LCD for $650 ;]
    Reply
  • airjrdn - Friday, April 16, 2004 - link

    Mine just showed up. I've played a handful of games of UT2004 with it using both the DVI connector and the standard VGA connector. I'm running the following hardware:

    Intel 2.8Ghz
    128M ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
    1G Corsair XMS

    I'll admit, there's no ghosting in UT, but there's a TON of blurryness. I've installed the driver on the CD and nothing changed. If I don't figure out the deal this weekend, Dell will get it back.

    I've not seen anything different on this flat panel than I've seen on any other with regards to being game friendly. To me, there's little difference between being blurry, and exhibiting ghosting. Neither is acceptable in a monitor in this price range.

    If anything changes, I'll post here again, but for now, I'd recommend not getting it.
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  • KristopherKubicki - Monday, April 12, 2004 - link

    I play UT2K4 on it almost everyday and i have not noticed any.

    Kristopher
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