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Good for casual use, not for Pros


Clear and sharp image

limited resolution support, no moire control

Recommendable Yes:

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Picture quality

Colour sensitivity


Ease of use

Value For Money

Image Size in relation to tube sizeExcellent

Ease of InstallationGood - quick to install


Manufacturer SupportNeeds improvement

Instruction manualSatisfactory

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This monitor offers a bright, contrast-rich image for the casual user, and gives a good and workable picture for games, text-based work and simple graphics work. For the professional user in the graphics industry or for people that need work with a lot of (smaller font) data on the screen, it's is not the best choice of monitor.

The image is sharp, but tends to distort a little, especially in the horizontal direction, and the vertical linearity isn't as stable as it could be.
In more detail about this: The particular monitor I have displays a compressed left edge of the screen, where, for about an inch and a half, any item is shortened horizontally. I have checked it on several resolutions and it is consistent, which means that it's not a specific setting or refresh rate where this occurs.
It also displays a similar compression at the bottom, making for a vertically squashed taskbar (if you have it located there). Nothing particularly extreme, but noticeable nonetheless.

Of course, it would be possible to fix the latter, if only the monitor allowed the V-linearity to be adjusted from the on-screen display, but... alas, unlike many older and newer 17" monitors, it does not.

All in all it is a good monitor, not too bulky or heavy, but one that is definitely not designed for the more than casual user. The case design is appealing, a sturdy, synthetic housing with a not-too-wide back of the tube, allowing it to be placed conveniently without needing excessive space for swiveling left to right.

Some important negative points are missing support for certain resolutions (no proper 1152x864, for instance, which in my opinion is the best resolution to work on at 17"), and more importantly, no moire control to correct the rather obvious moire problem at certain resolutions. This, by itself already, makes it unsuitable for graphics work. A real pity, because the otherwise sharp, 100% flat tube would do well if only the underlying electronics were a little better.

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FRIENDLYFRANK 16.12.2007 13:48

IT professional with extensive experience - but obviously not much experience in writing about IT?? Your review is far too short and requires much more information

Expired-Account 16.12.2007 12:47

Helpful review, more details would improve this one

dharma.roy 16.12.2007 03:18

Nice review, You need to rey and include mroe information

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Manufacturer's product description

The V7550 monitor is a flat-faced 17-inch CRT that offers excellent performance for the corporate office environmen...


MPN 261611-023, P9013T, P9013A#ABU, 261611-033
Display Type CRT monitor / CRT
Diagonal Size 17"


Connections 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) - 1
Interfaces 1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)

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