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This Monitor was great when i first bought it, it was fast, and high quality. The problems occured about a year after i bought it and, blackouts started happening. The thing was ok for a week or so after turning it on and off but after a couple of weeks it started happening every few minutes until it got to the point when it would never stay on for more than 2-3 seconds. I was told that this was a common problem and it was that the backlight that was gone. So why'd it happen just after my warranty expired, now i am going to have to pay >150 pounds for another 17" TFT Monitor Very annoying </fitzy>
Ok so it took me about 2 years of deliberation to take the plunge and replace my ageing 17" CRT monitor (the one I bought with my first ever proper PC after an Amstrad PC1640 - remember those?). My 17" monitor was still going strong although 'strong' was what you had to be to move the thing. I had also become rather frustrated by the fact that a good proportion of my usable desk space had been unavailable for so long and since I was about to start studying an MBA I thought desk space would need to be optimised. How Much Did It Cost Me? ================== I bought my f1703 from John Lewis for about £350 (a bit more than I had planned to pay but nevertheless affordable). I bought it about 6 months ago (December 2003) so prices may have changed a bit since then. What Did It Come With? ================== Amazingly the screen came with a pair of fairly stylish PC speakers (powered by a plugin power supply) which I was unaware of and doubtful of the quality I could expect from something bundled with the screen. I'll come back to the speakers later - for now I'll just say I wasn't disappointed. The screen came with its own adjutsable stand, cables, a user manual (as you would expect) and a CD containing driver software. (Oh and a pair of speakers - did I mention those?) Setup - Do I Need A Masters Science Degree to Get It Working? ========================================= No. The screen came with its own adjutsable stand and was easy to set up - only 2 cables required - 1 for the video signal and one connected to a plugin power supply. Easy! The software installed with no problems (on my Windows 98 machine) and has not needed re-installing at any time. The Stand ======= The adjustable stand is fantastic - it moves effortlessly - with tilt and height adjustment all in one simple hinged mechanism. The base of the stand doesn't take too much room either which leaves my desk space for important things like a cup of coffee, a text book or my laptop computer. Operation ======= The screen has worked perfectly from day one. Setup was easy, the inbuilt on-screen menu is simple to use and the only other control is the power button (which has a nice blue LED back light). I have played with the on-screen menu to try and optimise the setup - I found that on the default setting the screen was just a bit too bright and I had to adjust the brightness and contrast to get it just right. No problem though because the menu is so easy to use. I have found that the higest resolution is clearest but I think that will depend on the capabilities of your graphics card and the screen resolution you feel most comfortable working with. What About Those PC Speakers You Mentioned? ============================== Well - they are tiny in comparison with my previous speakers but sound a whole lot better. I have turned the volume right up and they don't seem to mind one bit. Clear, crisp sound and not bad to look at either - a real bonus! Overall What Do You Think? ================== Brilliant - glad I decided to get rid of the CRT and what a bonus getting those speakers. Go buy one!
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