Well this monitor was my X-Mas present and what I think of it is just amazing. When I first started it up my operating system detected my display and the colours were truely amazing it was very realistic and I got this monitor for £179.99 as it was a display monitor. I was bedazzled from the effects is produced from pictures and games and can see many more colours than ever before. There are two resolution settings; 800x600 and 1024x768. I use 1024x768 and cleartype font smoothing should be enabled to read text on an LCD monitor. The build of the monitor is excellent it looks alright to view and doesnt take much space up at all. The OSD is amazing and very easy, by pressing Auto/Set is configures the monitor best to your settings. It like looking at a bright light and does not hurt your eyes it inspires your eyes! Great buy this and I advise it strongly.
Ok I?ll explain my current situation. I have decided to have a go at building my own PC, I know how to do it all and I have just started ordering the components for it. I came to purchasing the monitor and had intended on going for a big 19? Iiyama Vision Master Pro 451 CRT (this is basically the type of monitor you are likely to have, with a ?tube? at the back) monitor. I looked at the dimensions of it and realised that it was going to take up over 45cms on my desk, which is a lot on my small desk. So I had to look to alternatives, and I arrived at TFT (LCD) Flat-Panel displays. They seem to be the perfect space saving alternative to traditional monitors while still giving reasonable performance and a reasonable price. The only problem with them is that some are a little bit pricey. This put me off a little until I came to the LG Flatron LCD 563LE. It is about the price that you?d pay for a good 19? monitor, and offers the screen are of a 17? CRT monitor. The main difference between a Flat Panel Display to a tradition CRT monitor is that it doesn?t have the tube. This can also make it easier to read. It mainly depends on how close you are to the screen. I find with this screen the further away (within a certain distance) the clearer it can be. This is mainly because when up close you can see the pixels. If you intend on using this screen then I would advise you to have a recent graphics card, because it can help. Also make sure you install it with the correct Windows drivers and not Plug and Play drivers. Using the Plug and Play divers I find the display to flicker in certain parts of the screen. One really impressive thing I found with this monitor when using it, was that it arrived with no stuck pixels. Some lesser models arrive with ?stuck? pixels. This means that they are one colour and will not change. Although with most recent models this doesn?t happen. When you lift this screen out of the box you will probably be
very surprised at how heavy it is. I also realised this is excluding the power supply. It is very deceitful about its weight; I nearly dropped it when lifting it because I wasn?t expecting it to be so heavy. I have yet to find out what makes it so heavy. There are many screens on the market (namely Sony models) that are sort of designer models. They look well as well as perform. This LG model isn?t really the best ?looking? model. Although it does perform very well, and when up and running it is barely noticeable. It does however look pretty good, nothing special. I would describe it as modern. If you want to see a monitor that I don?t like, go look at the Proview LCD screen. Once I had installed the screen the first thing I noticed was how bright it is. There are a lot of screens with poor backlights. This one doesn?t fall into the trap. The colours are vibrant and well lit. One thing to be very careful of is, make sure you are running it at the recommended resolution and colour depth. I was running mine with 16bit colour instead of 32bit colour and it meant that it ran with a lower refresh rate. It was actually painful on the eyes to look at. When you have it all set-up and installed, you then get the joy of a near perfect picture with no eyestrain. One thing I thought I would loose out on was some of the quality of my games. Surprisingly for my dad (who bought it for me for Christmas) and I (spot the English grammar) was that I didn?t. I think that it?s actually better for games than our 19? monitor. The picture is a lot clearer, vivid and colourful. One other really impressive thing about this monitor. Is the OSD menu, I only really use this for checking the refresh rate because I find the default settings are fine. It is really easy to use though. There is also a very handy AUTO/SET button, which you can use to make the monitor select the best settings according to the input signal. I look at it this way, if you wan
t a massive monitor without paying loads and loads of money then you will need to go for a CRT monitor. If on the other hand you can live with a 15.1? screen (viewable area of a 17? CRT) then you may as well go for this LCD screen. It is one of the cheapest on the market and works like a dream. It is though £350 (PC World price), so you can get for around £200 on the web. In my opinion the extra money is definitely worth it. The better quality and modern look make this actually quite good value. There are Sony models of the same size for around £500 but this is just mad. It doesn?t perform a lot better, just better styling. I hope I haven?t confused you, like I seem to have confused some people with my last opinion. David