SAN FRANCISCO (06/23/2000) - Dell Computer Corp.'s latest 15-inch LCD monitor, the 1501FP, delivers amazingly vibrant and deep colors on Web pages, and crisp, easily readable text in word processing documents. And images stay sharp even when viewed at an angle--a rare feat for an LCD. At US$999, the 1501FP isn't the cheapest 15-inch flat panel on the market (IBM's T54A costs $979), but it's close. The shipping version I evaluated has both analog and DVI ports, unusual versatility at its price. At a depth of just 7.1 inches, including the base, this monitor is ideal for cramped spaces.
Setup is another story. Cable connection is particularly inconvenient; to access ports, you must pop out a firmly embedded back cover. Though the 1501FP pivots quite easily, it lacks a CRT's sturdiness. It shook a bit when I tried to type quickly.
While other LCD manufacturers encase their monitors in trendy silver or black, Dell chose plain beige plastic. So if you want to add style to your desk, the 1501FP may not be the best choice. But its competitive price, small footprint, and great image quality make it a fine choice for business or home users.
PRO: Beautiful colors, sharp text.
CON: Inconvenient setup, low on design flair.
VALUE: Affordable, high-quality flat-panel monitor.
Street price: $999