17" Belinea - £155 The Belinea 10 30 10 monitors that I have owned, and yes I have owned more than 2, are generally of a very good quality, the monitor is of clean design, with a slight retro feel to the buttons on the front below the screen, this does not remove any of its functionality. Which is nice to see in a monitor today, the analogue dial (which is discretely tucked away) conveniently placed just under the two buttons allows the user to easily navigate the on screen menu that will pop up on request. All the options expected of a new monitor can be found here, including different colour temperatures, as everyone has their own personal favourite. I mentioned functionality earlier, to say it is functional is an understatement, that analogue dial is situated in just the right place and makes navigating this menu a dream. Another function commonly sought after in a monitor is the ability for the monitor to be able to remember different size settings for various resolutions you may run at, this is all taken care of automatically, and unlike many monitors it does not go terribly wrong when the PC enters sleep mode, or any other hibernation routines. This makes the monitor a pleasure to work with, and means it requires very little maintenance, this is of course as long as nothing goes wrong with the chips inside the monitor itself. This is the one problem I have had with Belinea monitors. Unfortunately this is a flaw that seems to riddle the Belinea monitors I have owned, each one lasting roughly a year and a half, before something burns out, compared to a 14? monitor of mine which is going on for its sixth year. This is a saddening tale, considering the monitors good points, however it does come with 3 years warranty, but considering my track record I expect to be buying a new monitor soon after that warranty expires.
Priced at a very modest £181, the Belina 10 30 10 is clearly aimed at the budget end of the monitor market. Or, as Belina describes it on its website, this is an ‘economy class’ model. But can it provide enough benefits at that price to make it a worthwhile upgrade? It’s certainly more compact than most CRT’s though this also reduces the viewable screen size to only 15.9 inches. The 10 30 10 doesn’t really impress on available screen resolutions, either, with a maximum size of 1,280 x 1,024 only available at a 65Hz refresh rate. I found the 1,024 x 768 or 1,152 x 864 screen modes gave more acceptable results. One standard Belina feature that I wish other monitors would apply is the use of a wheel to select and modify options on the on-screen display menu. Some people think these controls are ugly, but Belina has done a good job of disguising them, and the system is a decent combination of good looks and ease of use. It doesn’t feature advanced options such as parallelogram adjustment or moire reduction, but it covers the basics well. I spent some time using the Belina 10 30 10, and found it to be a competent performer. Whether it’s sufficiently better than your current display to justify an upgrade is questionable, but if you’re looking for a cheap replacement 17-inch monitor or you’re building your own PC, it’s worth serious consideration.
Belinea's 10 30 10 monitor is one of the best around in its price range at £155 The chunky casing is strong and it is pleasing on the eyes and with a good on screen menu for getting th right screen setup i can only recommend it. Its best image for the 17inch screen is 1024x768 at 85hz it can go up up to 1280x1024 but thats at 65hz which is not good on the eyes. The icing on the cake with this monitor and all Belina's is with the 3 YEAR GURRANTEE WITH FREE PICK UP FROM HOME AND DELIVEREY OF A NEW MONITOR AT THE SAME TIME. I have had to use this service and all it took was a simple phone give them the serial number of the monitor and they then arranged everything i had a new monitor withen 48 hours delivered to my home. To say i was impressed is understatment