The recently introduced Flatron 795FT+ is based on a new LG tube that features an almost completely flat face, giving a host of advantages to the user.
For a start, image distortion is vastly reduced when compared with traditional monitors with their goldfish bowl CRTs. Also, and this is the killer, light reflection is dramatically reduced. This is helped by the anti-reflective coating, and the end result is pretty impressive.
We tried using the monitor in a particularly nasty spot of the PC Week office where it can be practically impossible to view a traditional monitor on sunny days. Once the blinds were opened and the sun came shining through, the screen remained perfectly useable. Obviously, some reflection was noticeable, but not enough to make viewing uncomfortable.
Another good side-effect of the flat tube is that it provides a slightly larger viewing area; the 17in 795FT+ offers a 16.02in viewable diagonal.
The screen is capable of displaying a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 with a refresh rate of 75Hz - at the more common 1024 x 768 resolution the factory preset refresh rates are 75/85Hz. The screen has a dot pitch of 0.24 mm, but the phosphor is applied in stripes rather than more traditional dots. However, we found it rather hard to tell just how much of a difference it really made.
Settings are controlled digitally via an on-screen menu using several buttons on the front of the monitor. Our only real difficulty with the device is that the buttons are highly sensitive to touch - and this makes it quite tricky to use them effectively because you end up pressing a button twice rather than once; it often took several attempts just to bring the main configuration menu up. This is, however, a relatively small flaw in what is otherwise a great monitor.
The device is plug-and-play compatible and comes as standard with a four-port USB hub. It's compliant with all of the expected safety and emission standards including NUTEK and TCO 99.
You may think your current monitor is fine and there's no need to upgrade, but if you're using a run-of-the-mill screen we suggest that you wander down to the showroom and take a look at one of these things in action, or any of the current crop of new flat screens. You'll be amazed at how much of a difference the new technology makes.
It may seem highly priced at #330, but the resulting reduction in eye strain and headaches will make this one of your best IT investments.
A 17in monitor from LG Electronics based on its new flat CRT technology.
- great image quality
- vastly reduced light reflection
- easy on the eyes
- over sensitive fiddly control buttons
- Price: #330
- Contact: LG 01753 500400 http://flatronlge.co.kr
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