I was on the look-out to make the transition from a standard CRT ("normal" screen, desk hoggers) monitor to a new TFT ("Flat" screen, less power hungry) equivalent for my home office but didn't want to re-mortgage the house to do so. I could have gone for a 15" TFT monitor, but this just didn't fit the bill as I wanted a minimum of 1280x1024 resolution. I opted for the AOC LM720A and I am glad I did so. I have used AOC equipment in the past and in fact, still have a 12" CRT of theirs that I use every so often when I want to build/re-build one of my servers. The LM720A has certainly proved itself already, it provides a clear, crisp image - brightness is good and easily modified via the simple on screen display (OSD). Screen response is also very good - something you need to check carefully when moving from CRT to TFT, particularly if you intend to watch DVD's or play fast-moving games - I use mine for the former, rather than the latter and again, cannot fault the screen - I have not noticed any blurring during actions sequences and colours come across very well. The monitor comes with a captive 15pin lead, so if you were planning on using this with your DVI capable graphics cards - look for an alternative model - this is an "analogue only" monitor. Also contained in the base is a handy set of speakers, which are useful for general use, but hardened gamers will likely stick to their Dolby 5.1 setup. If I were to find fault with this monitor, then it would be with it's insistence of always "auto-configuring" itself when it detects a resolution change - this can be a bit painful if you multi-boot your PC with alternative Operating Systems like Linux or dare I say..... DOS! - However, for "normal" users this would not be a problem and very likely, not experienced All-in-all I would highly recommend this monitor for anyone wanting to make the switch fro
m CRT to TFT without wanting to shell-out a fortune to do so.
I have just bought the first cousin of this screen the LM721A. For reasons of space Ive recently switched from a normal C.R.T. Monitor to a 17in LCD Flatscreen. My primary use of my computer is the processing of photographs, mostly digital, and some pulled from a Sony digital camcorder. Obvously I had a demo before purchase but nothing prepared me for the leap in quality that came. Installation was simplicity itself, every aspect such as contrast, brightness & colour was self adjusting and the results are simply stunning. In photographic work you dont need any form of distortion such as seems to occur with C.R.T. monitors i.e. such as slight curves on what should be straight lines or slightly uncircular circles or the picture mildly pulled in one corner. This product has no such drawbacks. The colour is vivid, without being garish, the brightness and contrast perfect. Another plus point is that the focus is consistent over the whole screen with no softening at the edges. Plus, of course, it is much more economical to run and generates no heat. I would urge anyone in the market for a new screen to try one. .