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Not bad monitor
on 19 August 2008
Upon seeing this monitor I went for it, based on price and product description.
Having received it, I immediately pulled it out of it's box and had a look over it. Read appropriate instructions and plugged it in. Dead fuse *sigh*. Upon replacing the lead, it worked fine.
My disappointment comes in the fact that while the standard wide-screen format is 16:9, this monitor has to go with the slightly different 16:10 (surely that should be 8:5?). Unfortunately no other resolution will do other than a very high one to use this monitor at it's full screen width. So be prepared to sacrifice a few computer resources just to see stuff. Bigger resolutions, with more colours require more video memory, and system memory/resources, and you can't select anything other than a very expansive resolution to get your squares square, and your circles circular instead of looking like ovals on this one.
Then coming to games and such, and I found that not many (none of my present ones) can actually use the native resolution of the monitor. Lucky enough the monitor offers a more traditional option, in that you can switch to the standard 4:3 ratio, creating a box, but it leaves a big stripe on both sides unused. Which kindof negates the usefulness of a large screen like this I feel. Also, when it's set to 4:3 the screen area is probably equivalent to just under a 19" monitor.
So upon first impression, it was a good purchase as I do a lot of art/design/page layout, so I could see 2x A4 sheets pretty much there in front of me, side by side. But wanting to see anything else, well lets just invest in a different monitor shall we?
There are no drivers for this monitor included in the box, and no colour profile. Even when I went on to the edge10 site there was nothing available for download that would help. So it's set up with best guess, with generic colour profile, which is far from ideal for colour artwork of any kind.
Overall, for me doing my work, it's ok, but not really ok for other things, so I gave it a four star rating as it's a nice clear screen, with no dead pixels, and good viewing angles, with large brightness/contrast/saturation ranges.
I was unable to test the speakers, I already have a very decent speaker set-up on my computer, so didn't plug the monitor speakers in, the lead looked a little short too, oh well.