Advantages Clear image, value for money, 3 year warranty
Disadvantages Convential design takes up more space
I believe that these monitors will set you back around £150, although this price may have gone down, due to the increasing popularity of LCD screens.
The dimensions of the monitor are as follows: (WxDxH) 14.03” x 14.97” x 15.02”. The unit weighs in at a reasonably manageable 25.36lbs.The front panel contains five buttons. Reading from left to right these are, Exit, Minus, Plus, Menu and the On/Off button. These buttons allow control over all the monitor’s features.
Around the back of the monitor is an input for the power cord and the connecting lead for attaching the monitor to a computer. That’s it, well apart from a sticker which holds the serial number and other technical information.
This monitor is decked out in that ever so popular colour scheme, beige!
The monitor has a set of on-screen menus, which allow adjustments and fine tuning to be made to the picture. These menu options are very useful for setting the computer image correctly onto the screen as they allow for such adjustments as, horizontal position, vertical position, horizontal size, vertical size, pincushion and geometry alignment. Brightness and contrast are also catered for as well as degauss, zoom and timer functions.Let’s press onwards then, to the quality of the screen image. I must say that I have been quite impressed by the clarity of the images that this budget monitor is able to display. The flicker free picture means that images are sharp and not likely to cause eye problems or headaches, if you are in front of the screen for long periods of time.
The maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 may not sound that impressive, but on a 15” display this is really as high as you would want to go without having to bring out a magnifying glass to see what you are doing!The screen is bright and images appear crisp without fuzziness around the edges, which was a problem that used to affect a lot of budget monitors. I’ve seen some monitors that are so fuzzy, they make you feel like you’ve had one drink too many!
I feel that the image quality is better than that of an equivalently priced TFT 15” monitor, although of course you lose out on the advantage of the space saving, or “small footprint” that a TFT monitor will give you.
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