Pros: Very sharp, well crafted, nice fresh design
Cons: No "extras" such as USB ports and integrated speakers
I have always wanted an LCD monitor since they first came out back in the late 90s, it was such a futuristic look. Being the student that I am (with the limited budget that comes with the profession), I kept making up excuses over why not to spend the money. For over a year I had been tracking the prices of LCD monitors all across the board. When I saw this beauty on sale as a refurbished model for $395, I decided to bite the bullet. Well, let me say I don't regret the purchase one bit. I was a bit nervous about buying a refurbished model but those worries were erased as soon as I opened the box.
Upon opening the box all was in order. Typical drivers CD, quick start guide, registration cards, DVI and analog cables were also included. The packaging looked completely new and the monitor was well protected (because we all know a UPS Ground journey across the country tends to be hazardous).
I decided I would run the LCD in analog mode and switch over to DVI if I thought that the analog output would need improvement. As soon as I plugged the panel in and Windows 2000 booted, I set the resolution to 1280 by 1024 (the panel's native resolution) and the refresh rate to 60 Hz. WOW! What a beautiful, crisp, amazing output this monitor has to offer. Installation was straight-forward, plug-n-play... I loaded the display drivers just to be safe. With a .26mm dot pitch the 1702 has great video performance. I gave it the "break in treatment", ran it through all the MS Office apps, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FTP programs, Visual Basic.net- it ran those 2-D apps like a champ. I then proceeded to the part of the test where most LCDs tended to fail. Gaming. WarCraft III was a personal favorite so I started it up, wow, it looked just as good as it did on my old 19" CRT... no "ghosting" or shadow to speak of. Flight Simulator 2002 also looked awesome at such a high resolution (and it's quite a demanding game on the monitor). After what I saw with the analog output, I don't see a reason to even switch to DVI... it does just fine with analog. Plus, DVI has been slow to catch on and buying a $200 video card isn't a high priority for me.
I've used the monitor for a few days now and my eyes have never felt better. On my CRT I had to buy a glare shield as the reflection and flicker tired my eyes out. This LCD has no such problems. Further more, Dell has given us an original, likeable design that even matches my Dimension 8200 desktop PC. Don't be afraid to consider this one because it's a Dell, it's better than most of the other panels out there. It is important to remember that this LCD is nearly 2 years old so the ones for sale are usually refurbished, let me just say that mine looked NEW... not one dent, scratch, blotch, spot- not even ONE dead pixel. For those with tighter wallets who don't need the latest LCD on the market, the 1702FP will give you everything you need and demand. I have never been happier with my new 1702FP.