AOC Envision EN-775E 17" CRT Monitor Reviews
Click to see larger image

AOC Envision EN-775E 17" CRT Monitor

6 ratings (5 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating: Very Good
5 stars
1
4 stars
1
3 stars
1
2 stars
1
1 star
1
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Not truly flat

Feb 10, 2004 (Updated Mar 25, 2004)
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review
  • User Rating: OK

  • Ease of Use:

Pros:Cheap, looks good (case colors), energy star compliant

Cons:Not really flat, reflection/ghosting problem

The Bottom Line: Decent cheap fake-flat monitor, but the reflection problem can drive you crazy.


Picked up this monitor at Staples recently. For the cost, it's actually a nice monitor. However, if you look closely it looks like it's just a regular curved CRT screen behind a flat piece of glass. The default display settings out of the box leave about a quarter inch of blank space between the picture and the edges. If it was truly flat, the picture would be a near perfect square around the edges like a lot of the flat panel LCD's are. There are some settings where you can attempt to achieve that, but after an hour of trying it's just a big waste of time. Once you get one side lined up just right, the other side gets messed up with slants and curves.

The other reviews about a reflection flaw are correct. The curved monitor on the inside will reflect off the flat glass and give off a weird ghosting effect on both light and dark colors. It really stands out on darker ones though. A simple way to test this is to turn off any wallpaper on the desktop and set the background color to black. You'll see the reflections of the desktop icons, cursor, windows taskbar and any text on there bright enough to bounce off the flat glass and back onto the internal monitor. This can be an annoyance (especially to your eyes) if you like to use dark wallpapers or dark themed colors for your windows settings.

I think the reflection of the Windows taskbar looking curved is a dead giveaway that this is not a true flat screen tube. Also it seems the picture loses sharpness toward the edges of the monitor. Once again this makes sense, being a curved monitor behind a flat glass. The middle of the curved monitor is closest to the flat glass cover, giving the best picture in that area, while the edges and corners are furthest away, resulting in a slight loss of sharpness/brightness there.

If you need a cheap monitor for a spare system that isn't going to get much use, this will probably do very nicely. If you're looking for a good flat screen that isn't going to annoy you (and your eyes) sooner or later, check out some other brands.

3/25 Update: This monitor began to have some display problems after about a month of use. They looked to be strange trembling moire patterns, but only around the edges of applications. I ended up returning it for a refund.


Recommend this product? No


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


Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

AOC I2367FH I2367FH - LED monitor - 23

AOC I2367FH I2367FH - LED monitor - 23

AOC I2367FH - LED monitor - 23 - 1920 x 1080 - AH-IPS - 250 cd/m2 - 50000000:1 (dynamic) - 5 ms - 2xHDMI VGA - speakers - black silver
PCM

$209.99

+$10.57 shipping
AOC I2367FH 23in. LED LCD Monitor - 5 ms

AOC I2367FH 23in. LED LCD Monitor - 5 ms

An ultra-narrow bezel around the screen crafts AOC 67 Series 23in.monitors with a seemingly borderless appearance. The display boasts a 50,000,000:1 d...
Office Depot

$185.99

FREE Shipping
AOC I2367FH 23 LED LCD Monitor - 5 ms

AOC I2367FH 23 LED LCD Monitor - 5 ms

Usually ships within 3 business day
Sears
AOC - I2367FH - AOC I2367FH 23 LED LCD Monitor - 5 ms - Adjustable Display Angle - 1920 x 1080 - 16.7 Million Colors -

AOC - I2367FH - AOC I2367FH 23 LED LCD Monitor - 5 ms - Adjustable Display Angle - 1920 x 1080 - 16.7 Million Color...

I2367Fh monitor is an ultra slim 23 monitor at only 12mm thick and the display's ultra-narrow bezel measures just 2mm, for a borderless appearance tha...
Sears
AOC E1649FWU e1649Fwu 16 Portable USB-Powered Monitor

AOC E1649FWU e1649Fwu 16 Portable USB-Powered Monitor

16 Portable USB powered monitor. Includes built-in smart stand for landscape and portrait display. Receives both power and signal via a single USB cab...
MacMall
AOC i2367Fh Black / Silver 23 5ms Widescreen LED Backlight LCD

AOC i2367Fh Black / Silver 23 5ms Widescreen LED Backlight LCD

D-Sub 1 DVI No Built-in Speakers 2 x 2W HDCP Support Yes Recommended Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixel Pitch 0.265mm Display Colors 16.7 Million Brightness...
Newegg.com

$159.99

FREE Shipping
AOC International QQ0710M i2367Fh 23 IPS Frameless LED Monitor

AOC International QQ0710M i2367Fh 23 IPS Frameless LED Monitor

23 display, 250 cd/m2 Brightness, 5ms Response Time. 1920 x 1080 Full HD Resolution, 50M:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio. IPS panel for consistent image...
Sears
AOC e1649Fwu 16in. LED LCD Monitor - 16:9 - 16 ms

AOC e1649Fwu 16in. LED LCD Monitor - 16:9 - 16 ms

This 16-inch portable LEDA light-emitting-diode (LED) is a semiconductor diode that emits light when an electric current is applied in the forward dir...
Office Depot

$126.95

FREE Shipping
AOC E1649FWU e1649Fwu 16 Portable USB-Powered Monitor

AOC E1649FWU e1649Fwu 16 Portable USB-Powered Monitor

16 Portable USB powered monitor. Includes built-in smart stand for landscape and portrait display. Receives both power and signal via a single USB cab...
PCM

$104.99

+$6.99 shipping
AOC International QQ0710M i2367Fh 23 IPS Frameless LED Monitor

AOC International QQ0710M i2367Fh 23 IPS Frameless LED Monitor

23 display, 250 cd/m2 Brightness, 5ms Response Time. 1920 x 1080 Full HD Resolution, 50M:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio. IPS panel for consistent image...
Sears