I vowed NEVER to buy another conventional CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitor.
Why? They are space hogs, occupying tons of valuable real estate on my desktop. They generate lots of heat. A CRT consumes significantly more energy than an LCD display. In my office, there is a wall behind my desktop, so the monitor face must be the distance from the wall that is the depth of the case in which the tube resides. In other words, it is in my face! With an LCD monitor, I can move it comfortably back and further from my face. I like the look of an LCD monitor.
The latest sample I’ve been test-driving is from a name you probably do not know – AG Neovo, a Taiwan-based manufacturer. Also as you may not know, AG Neovo, like most others, does not actually manufacture the glass – the actual LCD panel. Like many others, it sources this major component (and most if not all other parts) from a supplier. Whether for a laptop computer, handheld, phone, a TV or a computer monitor such as this AG Neovo, that is the way the industry is. Major worldwide suppliers of this type of LCD display include LG and its partner Philips in a joint venture called LG Philips, Sharp and Samsung to name a very few of the top-tier players. I am not certain of the source for this model.
I selected a 19-inch model, the S-19, because I liked the way it looked at a trade show, and I was unfamiliar with the brand. I figured, why not!
It unpacked easily and set-up easily. The base unfolds easily and then allows tilt adjustment to whatever is the best viewing angle for the viewer. There is no facility for rotating (or pivoting) the screen. It is equipped with both a standard analog VGA connector and a more modern digital (DVI) connector, which I used to attach it to my Macintosh G4. There is also a built-in S-Video input for use as a TV monitor, which I did not test. There are no built-in speakers.
When off, it has a pleasing monolithic look to it. The anti-glare coating helps the black background to appear to absorb bright lights. The full glass cover is stunning in its appearance.
Switching it on, WOW! It comes to life with a brilliant image. I tried the auto-adjust feature and it seemed, for the most part, just fine. However, to my son Douglas’ better and more color-accurate eyes, some minor tweaking was in order. I came to appreciate the uncommonly wide viewing angle, stated at a minimum of 170º.
I enjoyed the full 19-inches of screen real estate. What I missed is not the fault of this product, but, rather, the technology itself. With a CRT-based high-quality monitor, such as my standard 20-inch Viewsonic, I can set the resolution to 1600 x 1200, or higher. What this means is that I can see more on the screen, such as two full pages next to one another. It also means less side-to-side scrolling on websites and within documents. So, my preference is personal and not reflective of the quality of this product.
If you have not explored the resolution capabilies on your own monitor, I urge you to do so. You will be amazed at what you may be missing and what a difference adjustment can make! On a Windows-based PC in Windows XP, go to Start, then Control Panels, then click on Appearance and Themes. Then, select to “Change the screen resolution.” Move the slider. Start by going only slightly larger. Most CRT monitors in consumer use are defaulted to no more than 1024 x 768. Go as high as you can so long as you are not straining your eyes. FYI, you CAN compensate for higher resolutions by making the default font sizes in your browser larger and also by making the viewing size larger, not the actual size of documents you view on screen in your word processing program. The resolution numbers that work best will depend upon your screen size and other considerations. Be sure to also maintain the Color quality at the highest level setting you can. On a Mac in other than OS X, go to Apple Menu, Control Panels, Monitors and make your adjustments. In OS X, open System Preferences, click on displays and under the Display tab make your adjustments. Don’t forget to quit the System Preferences.
The look is altogether different from that of a CRT monitor. I am at a loss as to how I might quantify that difference, however. It WAS pleasing and easy to get used to as well as easy on the eyes. That is, I did not suffer eyestrain or fatigue the way many of us do after extended viewing on our CRT-based monitor. On an LCD monitor, the image is non-interlaced. It, therefore, does not flicker, even though most of us are not sensitive to that usually subtle screen flicker, it IS there on a CRT and not typically on an LCD flat panel display.
I contemplated using the built-in standard VESA mounting holes to mount it to that wall behind my desk, but I decided to pass. Perhaps I will do this when I decide upon a product to buy.
What more can I say? The design is top-notch and the display, whether it is on or off, is beautiful. Performance is as good as or better than any other standard (and not high-resolution) LCD display I have seen in this class, and I heartily recommend this one to you.
More information is HERE. List price at about $1200 is a bit steep, but shopping around as I just did, you will find it at a more palatable sub-$1000, and maybe even less. (For example, today I saw it listed online at J&R for $899.88 after $100 mail-in rebate good through 3/31/03 – a very good price!)