We had to purchase a new computer as the other had a small memory and was far too slow for our needs. My husband searched on the internet and decided to buy one from TIME. We decided to treat ourselves to a flat screen, as space was at a premium, and it as it is larger it is easier for my aging eyes!
The model is F 17 by neovo, a 17 inch TFT LCD panel, and was delivered very well packed and complete with manual. My son had it all set up very easily, so I cant really comment except it must have been straight forward! (Dont tell him I said that!)
In actual fact it measures 16.5 in x 14.25 in, the diagonal measures 17in. I tell you that because not everyone seems to be aware how you measure a screen, be it a television or monitor. The overall height including the oval base foot is 16.25. The width at the widest point with the base is 7in, making it very attractive to people with limited space. At the front in the centre are 7 little flat buttons, with an embossed indication of their uses. Their uses are as follows:-
1. Auto button - automatically adjusts picture the first time monitor is used.
2. Up button navigates within the display
3. Down button also navigates within display
4. Left button activates the On-Screen display and navigates within the display
5. Right button activates the On-Screen display and navigates within the display
6. LED indicator (this is a light not a real button!) shows green when in use and amber for power saving mode
7. Power switch turns the monitor on and off.
The monitor can be adjusted to tilt within a 20 degree angle. This of course will need a little more space.
It has a pixel format of 1280 by 1024 vertical strip for those of you into the pixel info. It weighs 5.3kg so can be moved easily if necessary.
In the box was the monitor, a power adaptor, power cord, CD Rom containing Windows information file and the manual.
Taking the power cable the female end is plugged into the AC adaptor and the male end into a wall socket. Then the adaptor power connector is plugged into the LCD monitors DC power jack on the rear of the monitor. There are clear pictures to follow the instructions! The PC and LCD should be turned off before connecting to the computer. A screw driver is needed to tighten the screws into the port.
It is possible if you are a control freak to customize your monitor, although they do recommend you use the AUTO settings. You can change the brightness and contrast, the horizontal and vertical hold positions, and the mode text and graphics. Even the language the On-screen display can be changed!
Advice is given on Ergonomics the study of how people with different characteristics relate to their working environment. How to position the monitor, avoiding glare etc and it ends with telling you, to look away every half hour or so and to get regular eye checks.
If you have any problems there is a great section on Trouble shooting, giving the warning message and the solution. So far we have not needed this as we have never had a problem- FAMOUS LAST WORDS!
Yes we were congratulated for purchasing a TCO99 product, which is labelled and approved for meeting various requirements l covering a wide range of issues including environment, ergonomics, usability, emission of electric and magnetic fields, energy consumption and electrical and fire safety. The labelling scheme was developed by different groups of people in Sweden.
My last C is **** as I cant find the receipt, Im now beginning to wonder if my husband spent more than I thought it had cost. I had the feeling it was about £275, but perhaps it was more. This was bought about 2 years ago so the price may be cheaper now.
But it was worth it as we even have watched DVDs on it from the comfort of the settee as it is large enough to watch, so all in all it has been a great buy.
Now this isnt just any monitor, this is a flat screen type. It is large and I love it to bits, as it doesnt have too many nooks and crannies to get covered in dust, and it gives me so much more room on the computer table. I can adjust it at an angle if I wish, making it ideal when typing or reading large articles.
I've had this monitor a few months now, so feel qualified to write an opinion about it.
I'm not sure why I chose to purchase a flatscreen - I'm highly suspicious of them in general. The hype about 'dead pixels', awful viewing angles, slow updates and washed out colours put me off.
I used to be of the opinion that a good old fashioned FST (flatter, squarer tube) monitor would do me fine.
My old monitor had been a 15 inch Daewoo that had served me well for a long time, but was becoming very, very dark and hard to use in games. I inherited an old 17 inch that had a broken base, but was otherwise working fine.
I guess it was the broken base that was the problem. I was resting it on a spare desktop case but I wanted more desk space to clutter up. So, when at a computer fair, I saw a flatscreen for 195 pounds I couldn't resist.
Instead of forking out 195 pounds, I paid an extra 20 on top to get the black version (the cheaper one was silver). I love black though, and even for 215 pounds this is a bargain.
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It's a 17 inch monitor - since it's a flatscreen that means that you really do get a 17 inch diagonal viewable area. Plenty of viewing space for windows!
Viewing Angle (H/V) 160o / 130o (Minimum) - I haven't scientifically tested this, but I can vouch that I can look at my screen from most points in the room, and although the colour changes a bit it's still perfectly readable. Watching a film on it shouldn't be a problem either.
Resolution SXGA 1280 x 1024 - other resolutions work pretty well too. Granted all flatscreens look better in their native resolution than in others. I tend to run in 1280 x 1024 most of the time, but if I'm doing web design work I will swap to lower resolutions briefly and this copes very well.
Input Signal Analog - that's all there is I'm afraid. Thats a bit of a weakness but since it's all I need I'm not bothered.
Response Time 5ms / 15ms - This makes it great for playing games. More on that later.
Dimensions 420 x 413 x 172mm (16.5" x 16.2" x 6.7") - It's a very small footprint and has saved me LOTS of space on my desk.
The back of the monitor has a wierd crescent shaped loop at the base where the lead for the power supply plugs in and the lead to connect to the computer comes out. It's pretty awkward and I was glad for my small, nimble fingers to plug the power supply in! This is not territory for anyone with fat thumbs! Once it's plugged in though it is very secure and you shouldn't ever need to touch it again - if you're moving the thing just leave the plug in the back for convenience sake.
As mentioned earlier there's just a standard connector, no digital one. That doesn't bother me though as there aren't really any competitors at this price point that include analogue.
The menus are easy to navigate except for one gripe - there's one button to access the menu, which also serves as the accept button, two to move back and forth, and two to move up and down. Because it's a black monitor and the markings are inset, not raised, it's actually hard to see which button does what without leaning quite close and blocking out any light shining on the casing. I've selected the wrong option many times this way. It's a minor gripe, but on the silver version it was a lot easier to read the markings.
Once you've had the monitor a long time you do get used to the menus though.
All the usual options are there - brightness, contrast, colour temperature, horizontal / vertical position, etc. Even multilingual language options.
When I first installed it I had to spend a while tweaking the brightness and colour temperature options to get them perfect, but after a little setup they work great and everything looks perfect in games, dvds, and pictures. By default the colours are washed out but that's just the setup - the monitor itself is more than up to anything you can throw at it, you just need to spend the time setting it up.
The drivers that come with it aren't the best either - they have serious problems with games and often when you change resolution the display shifts a few inches to the left and off the screen. There are drivers on the neovo website which do not have this problem and I would recommend downloading them.
For games it is usually suggested that you need a flatscreen with a 18ms response time - the 15ms on this monitor makes it a dream - there is no visible lag on updating the screen even in the fastest action game, and the colours are crisp and vibrant. Again, it takes a lot of setup to get them like this, but it is worth investing the time in.
I love this monitor. It looks great and it's a dream to use. I used to get the occasional headache from glare after using an old style FST, but this is wonderful to use - no glare, no flicker, no lag, it's a dream!
Cleaning it is a pain (it attracts dust like, er, a simile I wouldn't use on a family site) and I do miss having the top of a monitor to put silly little toys on, but still, I love this thing.
For 215 pounds it's well worth it. The stall I bought it from only has a one year warranty but the manufacturer has a good policy when it comes to dead pixels (pixels that lock and stay one colour all the time) - there is a zone where no dead pixels are allowed, then outside of that zone they will replace the monitor if there are 4 or more dead pixels, or if there are 2 or more dead pixels within 5mm of each other. This warranty lasts for 3 years, and is good peace of mind.
I haven't had to call on their support yet, if I do I'll update.
But, once again, this is a great display for anyone looking at investing in a flatscreen - it's relatively inexpensive, it's easy on the eye for prolonged use, it displays text crisp and clear, and it's great for graphics. I've managed to calibrate this for graphics work and despite many computer magazines claiming flatscreens aren't up to the task I think it's great.
An update for you that was prompted by Mrscanadas comment about not having heard of Neovo - I was at the ECTS (european computer trade show) and also Gamestars Live this year, and they were demoing games. The hardware was provided by AMD and nVidia, and the flatscreens by Neovo, so they must have some respect to be considered reliable enough to use at a show like that.
So gamer,office worker or designer, give this a look!