Pretty decent LCD with few annoyances
Written: Jul 27, 2005
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
- User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:DVI, Adjustability, OSD, Aesthetics, Image Quality
Cons:Cheap construction, Messy cables, Annoying prompt when disconnected, 1024x768 top res.
The Bottom Line: I know new these monitors are $$, and in that case, by something else that looks good - but if you come across this monitor cheap, buy it.
I bought this monitor used for $100 - and boy was it worth it.
The monitor has DVI and Analog inputs, this is impressive as it's a 15" monitor.
The monitor also is height adjustable, you can slide it up and down to select any height you want, very nice. The screen also tilts toward\away, and the screen rotates too (90 degrees) to portrait mode, (which you can't use without additional software $$) but a great feature to have.
You can switch between DVI and Analog (if you had two systems for example) with the touch of one button.
It takes only a power cord, the AC adapter is integrated, which I like. You will have more than one cable running down the back of your desk (some other LCDs have integrated this all into one cable). The monitor does not have a USB hub integrated, nor does it have speaker \ microphone jacks (some others do).
The cables are routed through this small plastic clip, which is easy to break. it does not look good, you can see the cables all too much. Oh well, no biggie.
The on screen display is very nice, and all too easy to use. Just 3 buttons to navigate it all. One con, if you disconnect all cables, the monitor brings up a "self test feature check" saying it's not plugged in, and does not go away. It should go to standby after a few moments of this, but does not, no setting for this either.
Construction Quality \ Aesthetics:
The plastics are average, the base is not very sturdy, it's not going to fall over, but I have seen much sturdier LCDs. Simple looks, black with silver \ grey buttons \ accent trim. A small lip on the top of the screen is present, I have no idea why this was put there, but it doesn't look good or bad. The Power light glows green or amber depending.
Images are sharp and bright. This is a good monitor. I've seen many cheap LCDs, (such as some MAG ones you see at Best Buy) but this one is very nice (to be expected, I am yet to see a computer company ship a really junky LCD)
Display is visible from a very wide range of angles (sides, top etc)
Max resolution is 1024 x 768 -- Pretty low, but it's a 15" LCD after-all.
All in all, good monitor, great buy for a small display, with all the toys. If you can get it on the cheap, do so, otherwise, LG has some great monitors that you could look at.
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Amount Paid (US$): 100
Operating System: Windows and Macintosh