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ViewSonic Optiquest Q7B-3 17" LCD Monitor with built-in speakers

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Avoid the Optiquest Q7 monitor!

May 19, 2008
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Pros:140 Degree viewing angle

Cons:No DVI input, poor quality speakers, fragile stand that wiggles and unpredictable lifespan

The Bottom Line: Poor stand quality and lack of DVI input should be enough to keep this monitor off your desk.


At my workplace we purchased over a dozen of these monitors as part of a computer upgrade two years ago. A vendor gave us an attractive price in the $80 per unit range so we felt the deal was to good to pass up. Since this time, only five of these monitors are still in operation. The monitor will slowly develop a vertical flicker that interferes with normal viewing. After the problem starts you can expect less than two months before replacement is needed.

Another chief complaint that comes up is the stand itself. The first problem is the overall height from the base to the bottom of the screen, 3". You cannot adjust the height and I frequently have to find books to stuff under the base to make it easier for users to view their screen. The second problem with the base is it's tendency to wiggle anytime you bump your desk. Nothing is more annoying than having to place your hand on the monitor ten times a day to keep it from shaking.

When purchasing an LCD monitor today, you should also consider getting a unit in a 4:3 aspect ratio and DVI input. Most newer computers have video cards that only output video to DVI. 4:3 and DVI features are also commonly used together for playback of movies on the PC.

The integrated speakers will remind of you an antique radio with their tinny sound. Please use your PC speakers instead.

The one bright light for the monitor is it's generous 140 degree viewing angle. I can easily see the monitor from across the room. The constant flicker, on the bad monitors, is not bad when viewing from 30ft away. As a result, I use these monitors to display server statistics.

Appearance and Design
The all black case features an oval shaped base with a fixed connection to the monitor.

Features:
Optimum Resolution: 1280x1024
Input: RGB analog
600:1 contrast ratio
8ms response time
Line-in Jack
Two integrated speakers
Integrated power supply
VESA® 75mm wall-mount compliant
Physical Dimensions with stand 14.8" x 14.6" x 7.2"

Web Support:
http://www.viewsonic.com/products/lcddisplays/optiquest/q7b/

Environmental Concerns
The lamp in this product contains mercury. Please dispose of in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Summary:
The fragile Optiquest Q7 Black LCD Monitor is one of the worst LCD monitors I have ever seen. From the fragile stand to the unpredicatable lifespan, there is little to get excited about when considering this monitor. Now in the year 2008, you have several other options besides this monitor. I recommend anyone in the market for a quality LCD to consider the Sony SDM-HS95PS instead.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 80
Operating System: Windows and Macintosh

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