Pros: Great looking display Inexpensive Adequate warranty, excellent for additional $40
Cons: Power and display plugs on opposite sides, 3 year full coverage warranty would be nice
This will be the 3rd Envision LCD that I have purchased. All three have been great values and delivered more than I expected for the price.
I purchased my EN-7220 at Staples. It was $299 after instant savings (No rebate required) and I also used a $30 off $150 Staples coupon for a grand total of $269 for a 17 LCD monitor. The first one I bought had one stuck blue pixel about ¼ down from the top about a ¼ from the right side. Seems trivial, but it stood out like a laser beam. It also had 3 dead pixels. The dead pixels were easily repaired with the Q-Tip trick, but the stuck blue one remained. I ended up buying another monitor before taking this one back and the second one was perfect. Keep in mind LCDs can have 5-8 dead/stuck pixels and still not be considered defective. This is something a first time LCD buyer might not realize or understand.
Envisions LCD policy reads:
To identify non-performing pixels, the monitor shall be viewed under normal operating conditions, preferably in its native resolution, and from a normal viewing distance of at least 50 cm (16 in.).
Under these conditions the ENVISION monitor shall not show more than (whichever of the following limits is reached first):
> a total of 8 non-performing pixels (of whatever type), or
> 5 bright non-performing pixels appearing as a red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta, or white dot on a dark or black background, or
> 5 dark non-performing pixels appearing as a black dot on a bright or white background, or
> 2 non-performing pixels of any type located less than 10 mm from each other.
Another thing to be aware of is that although it carries a 3 year warranty, the LCD panel proper is only warranted for 1 year. Envision offers a 3 year extended warranty for $39.99 and a 5 year for $59.99.
The monitor has a standard analog input.
The monitor has a black circular base around 9 in diameter. The first thing you notice is that this thing is HEAVY. The base is weighted, much heavier than any other LCD I have owned. The base is connected to the monitor proper by a spring loaded cylindrical pole about 2 in diameter. This telescoping pole allows you to adjust the height of the display by simply raising or lowering it and the pole keeps it where you left it.
The display is surrounded by the typical plastic bezel. The bezel is about 1 on the top ¾ on the sides and 1 ½ on the bottom. The bottom of the bezel is also slightly rounded for looks.
Most of the bezel is silver with the balance around the control console being black. The panel itself tilts 70 degrees from side to side and 25 degree front to back. Sufficient, but I always wish for a little more downward tilt as I would like to mount the display on top of my 21 CRT.
As noted above, some defective pixels may be unavoidable. The visuals of this monitor impress me. It has a nice looking picture. Sharp and consistent. If you buy an LCD monitor, here is a great program to run on it after you buy it. Makes finding bad pixels very easy.
The native resolution is 1280x1024 so icons and text tend to be quite small.
The controls are the standard fare. The monitor has a one touch auto adjustment button. Does an OK job and is so easy it is hard to go in and adjust everything manually.
Holy cow Batman, this thing moves
Funny as it seems it wasnt until I got the thing home that I realized it would rotate into portrait mode. Basically that would be like sitting your regular monitor on its side.
Envision includes the Pivot Pro software Version 7 for adjusting the video to match the position of the monitor.
It seems to work well, although I wish the display would automatically switch based on its orientation.
Here is a comparison, although somewhat janky, that I took of my 21 Trinitron displaying the same page as the Envision EN-7220 in portrait mode. But it at least give you an idea of how much more page you can view.
The monitor has 2 side pocket holder for pens and junk and a clip for the top to hold a picture. I find these frivolous and stupid and mine are still in the box.