What is it: a 17in monitor with Toshiba?s microfilter tube technology.
Applications: aimed at high-end desktop users of spreadsheets
and 2D CAD.
According to recent research from industry analysts Romtec, nearly 40 per cent of third-party monitor purchases are 17in, compared to just 28 per cent for 15in and 24 per cent for 14in screens.
It?s not just the high-end graphics, design, pre-press and CAD community plumping for the bigger sizes (many of these are instead choosing 20in and 21in models). The productivity benefits from using higher display resolutions and more screen space are being felt further down the IT chain. Middle management in need of son et lumiere to stop their customers nodding off during presentations, and pony-tailed wannabe designers stuck in 2D CAD are throwing out their 14in and 15in screens in favour of 17in models.
Microvitec established itself in the UK as a supplier of specialist monitors to aeronautical and medical companies, as well as financial dealers. The Pro-Scan 17SX represents the 19-year-old company?s return to the desktop PC market after an absence of several years, and forms part of a range which includes a 14in SVGA CRT monitor (Delta-Scan 14SV) and a 15in XGA CRT monitor (Delta-Scan 15XG). The 17SX model spearheads the company?s foray into the high-end 17in business, and it hopes to soak up between 5 and 10 per cent UK market share by the end of the year. Microvitec also has an integrated UK design and manufacturing plant which should enhance communication and facilitate rapid supply.
The monitor is fairly priced at #465, in line with offerings from other suppliers.
The Pro-Scan 17SX boasts a 95KHz horizontal line frequency which allows it to display a 1,600x1,200 resolution at 76Hz and 1,280x1,024 at 85Hz. Target users are high end desktop users of spreadsheet applications and 2D CAD.
Microvitec claims to be the first supplier to come up with a model based on Toshiba?s new microfilter tube, which aims to improve brightness and contrast levels. It uses specific colour filters to enhance colour output and a clear glass panel ? as opposed to the usual semi-tinted glass ? to provide increased brightness.
The fetching bezel is pleasing to the touch and sports a one-touch control of the screen set-up and monitor functions, employing a single rotary dial.
In the hands of a moderately experienced PC user, the controls are quickly mastered. They are provocatively situated on the front of the casing, which invites twiddling and gives the monitor a consumer-style appearance it doesn?t really deserve.
Should the monitor end up on the desktop of a novice, however, systems support can expect calls from traumatised employees apologetically inquiring how they can get rid of the bright blue OSD (on-screen display) unwittingly called up during a tea break. That said, it would be difficult to make any major alterations to the settings.
The degauss button, strategically placed to the right of the lunaresque dial, may also cause some distress, as it emits a disturbingly flickering bolt when pressed.
Contact: Microvitec on 01274 390011
Verdict: The clean, crisp display is most comfortable running word processing and spreadsheet applications at a 1,024x768 resolution, and provides a suitable solution for users who are looking to upgrade beyond a 15in monitor.
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