Advantages Cheap, Big viewing area, good resolution.
Disadvantages Colour temperature is too cool. Not the best for DVD viewing.
I paid Euro 300 for this and that makes it the cheapest I've seen anywhere. It was for the kids as part of a HTPC project so I didn't want to spend a fortune on something that was going to be used for "target practice" whenever they discovered a new object to use as a weapon. Given its price I expected it to look and feel cheap and be of only acceptable image quality but I was pleasantly surprised.First Look:
Getting Turned On:
Plug in, power on and... NICE. A reasonably clear and crisp display which at 1200*1024 yields very readable text on this size monitor. First impressions are good, no dead pixels, little colour bleed, blurring or other artifacts. This is with the DVI input of course. Most monitors near this price-point only come with analog VGA input and that means a more blurred image. Don't buy a digital screen without digital input, it's silly!!!
Contrast isn't its' strong point but then again, that's a problem with this technology generally though it's far from the best in this regard. If you need the darkest blacks around look elsewhere. As a desktop companion for lots of typing, Web browsing or the like you'll hardly notice it.
Getting A Move On:
As you might expect, this is the area where all the weaknesses show up. This monitor displays all the usual TFT problems when showing moving images like TV or DVD. When characters walk or move suddenly they seem to leave a ghost image or trail behind them. Most people can't tell you this unless you point it out but they always "know" there's something not quite right. This isn't so much of a problem when the image is in a small window but at full screen you can see it much more clearly.
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