How do you write a review on a monitor without making it boring or full of computer jargon! A hard task, but hopefully this review won't be too boring or too full of jargon, any jargon I will do my nest to explain as best I can! Anyway on with the review! Okay so the monitor that I am reviewing, as you might already know is the Compaq P710, oh great jargon already! Umm as far as I know the P710 is just the model number, well duh, umm the P stands for... performance... as this monitor is part of the Performance range, the number well you guess I feel it may be something to do with the size?? ** Specification ** Hmmm, possibly the techiest part of the review coming up, hopefully I will explain myself as best I can! Here goes: Picture Tube (diagonal) - 17"/43cm Diamondtron NF CRT Viewable (diagonal) - 16"/41cm Pitch - 0.25mm Aperture Grill Pitch Graphic Preset Modes: 1600 x 1200 @ 76Hz/75Hz, 1280 x 1024 @ 85Hz/75Hz, 85Hz, 1024 x 768 @ 115Hz/75Hz, 85Hz, 800 x 600 @ 130Hz/75Hz, 85Hz, 640 x 480 @ 130Hz/60Hz, 85Hz, Text Mode: 720 x 400 @ 70Hz MPRII and TCO99 compliant, reflecting the latest environmental standards Plug and Play Capability Okay here goes explaining some of those big words, or small as most of them are! PITCH - this is the size of the dot that makes up each pixel on the monitor, which in the end creates the picture. The small the pitch the better as it is easier on the eyes as the picture is clearer! Plug and Play means that the monitor can be detected by the operating system and the software installed automatically, well that's the plan anyway! TCO99 is a set of standards for making computer and computer parts environmentally friendly. This not only means they use less power but they are easy to recycle, are built cleanly and much more. ** Installation ** Fitting the monitor to the computer was very easy, all that needed to
be done was to unplug the old monitor and plug the new one in! Instantly I could get a decent screen resolution, I was beginning to get tired of my 15" monitor only being able to display 800 x 600! Screams of joy, well almost anyway! After plugging it in the next thing to do was to install the software for it, this was also very easy, just put the CD into the computer and follow the instructions! Having installed this the software then gets you to set-up your monitor, using the OSD (On Screen Display). It has this nifty little set-up program, which confused the hell out of me, but I managed to get through it and the picture I get is super so I must have done something right! The CD also came with a bit of software called Ecolor, see www.ecolor.com, this is a bit of software that checks the images being loaded on a web page to see if they comply to their standards, if they do then the picture is displayed better! I don't know if this makes sense or not, but I have as yet to find a site that is like this! I am going to take this software off soon as it is just sitting there eating up my resources! Overall this was very easy to set-up, nice one Compaq or should I say HP I dunno, argh... I'm confused! ** Picture Quality ** One of the major selling points to this monitor is that fact that is has an almost flat screen, whilst still being a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube), and I must say that it does have a very flat screen! The specifications say that the curve of the glass is 1mm, whilst on a normal CRT monitor this is 19mm! This feature is good in several ways, the first being that you get less reflection from light and other things, this I didn't really believe until I saw it, amazing! The next thing is that because the monitor screen is flatter than normal ones you don't get any picture distortion form the curve in the monitor, yay! Overall I have been very, very impressed with the quality of the pictu
re that I get from this monitor, although I haven't got much to compare it with as my last monitor was so, so terrible! ** My Thoughts ** Well I am very impressed with this monitor, as you previously read the only draw back to this is the price. At most stores this baby will set you back well over £200, but I was lucky enough to notice that Novatech had these monitors on offer for only £140, to I quickly snapped one up, I just checked back to the site now and it says call for availability, so they must be in short supply. If you are looking for a new monitor then this is a very good buy and if you can get it for a reasonable price then it is even better!