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-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2001-08-07
-- Price: ~ $379.00 USD
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  The box itself includes the main LCD screen, a small stand, power cord, manual and driver disk.  Putting together the screen and stand was a snap, literally.  Just take the screen and place it on the stand, just like piecing together two LEGO strips.

  

   The back of the screen is where the 3 prong power cord plugs into.  The screen itself swivels from -5 to 45 Degrees up and down.  I had hoped they would allow left and right movement, but since it is light just pushing the whole unit left and right is ok.

   The screen is totally flat!  On some of the regular CRT monitors (Sony G400), they do claim that their screen is virtually flat.  This really means its flat mostly in the center area, while a lit curvature is seen at the edges.  With this LCD screen, it is really totally flat.  No spaces seen when putting a straight edge ruler to the test.

   This model utilizes a regular 15 pin D-sub male signal connector.  This is the most common type, so nearly all consumer video cards should be able to support the EN-5100.

  

   The front of the unit contains 5 buttons, an auto, brightness, contrast, menu and power.  The power light will turn green when on, orange when off or in stand by mode.

   To be totally honest, I did not even bother touching the menu and changing any kind of settings.  When you first turn on the monitor and your system, the unit goes into a Auto Config mode.  It configures your Clock (pixel frequency) and Focus automatically.  Clock basically controls the number of pixels scanned by one horizontal sweep.  If this frequency is not correct, vertical stripes appear and the width of the screen will be off.  The Focus is the horizontal direction with the same idea as the Clock.  The auto config also resizes your screen with your video input signal and adjusts the screen perfectly for you.  Very convenient!

   If you still want to mess with the settings, you can always hit the menu button.  It allows you the basic options just like any monitor.  Horizontal and Vertical position and size are all there for your tweaking pleasure.

   The monitor is plug and play, we're using it on our test rig and it picked up the monitor perfectly in Windows 98.  The included monitor INF file installed very fast, no problems there.




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