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Dell UltraSharp 1704FPV

At a Glance
  • Dell UltraSharp 1704FPV

    PCWorld Rating

    Great all-purpose display performed well on our tests, and it supplies a full range of adjustments and well-chosen extras.

Dell UltraSharp 1704FPV
Photograph: Rick Rizner

With its characteristic half-moon silver stand, Dell's UltraSharp 1704FPV closely resembles its predecessor, the UltraSharp 1703FP--and it lives up to the high standards set by that earlier model. Though it didn't win top honors on any particular test, it finished near the top in most, garnering a tie with the CTX Technology F773 for second-highest overall image quality to date.

The 1704FPV's stand complements the screen's quality with a full set of smoothly working physical adjustments: tilt, height, swivel, and pivot. The four USB 2.0 ports come in handy: The two on the left edge of the bezel are ideal for USB keys; the less-accessible second set, on the back of the panel, are more suitable for PDA cradles or other devices that tend to stay on your desk. In an unusual take on cable management, the 1704FPV uses two squeegee-like rubber pieces to hold cables in place against the stand. These long pieces of rubber look tidier than the usual plastic cable clips, and they feel more secure.

The screen adjustment buttons could be better marked, and we'd like to see screen pivot software included. PivotPro software currently costs $39, so if you plan to use portrait mode often, you may want to add that price to this monitor's overall ticket.

An excellent buy, Dell's UltraSharp 1704FPV delivers great image quality and plenty of extras for a low price.

Laura Blackwell

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Great all-purpose display performed well on our tests, and it supplies a full range of adjustments and well-chosen extras.

    Pros

    • Good images, especially at this price

    Cons

    • Screen adjustment buttons aren't clear
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