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Hercules Prophetview 920 17" LCD Monitor Review

By: Shawn Baker | Monitors in Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 16, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Hercules



- Normal Computer Use


As far as moving around the desktop and surfing the internet, this monitor is perfect. The colors look very nice and you will find that you won't get any eye strain when looking at an LCD for hours on end.


Some people may find that they simply want an LCD due to it being more relaxing to look at or the fact that it takes up a lot less room. While the monitor will be slightly pricey for someone who simply wants to use it for desktop use, some people wont mind going out and spending big for the plain fact that it looks fantastic.


- Gaming


This is where it's going to become quite important for a lot of people. What good is an expensive monitor if it's hopeless in games? Gaming is where we find one of the first flaws in the monitor. Due to the Contrast ratio being lower then others, when you come to a dark scene in game, it can make it harder to see. If you adjust the brightness and contrast too much all you do is simply turn the black into a grey and it starts to look worse and undesirable.


As far as gaming use goes, it's not the best but it's far from being the worse, on the same token. It was only in the darker areas that it became harder to see. If you're into first person shooters it's going to be harder to see people hiding in corners. Other game genres like racing are fine and Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed looks fantastic on it.


- DVD Playback


For the bigger movie watchers out there we thought that it would be best to see how it goes when you place a DVD into that DVD-ROM of ours. We tried two movies - one had a problem, the other didn't.


First we tried Bourne Identity, with this movie we ran into the same problems we had when gaming. Due to a lot of dark areas in the movie at times it could become quite black and annoying to watch, again changing the brightness or contrast only results in the picture becoming gray and looking quite poor.


When inserting a more colorful DVD, in this case Toy Story 2, you notice how much better the picture looks when comparing it to a normal CRT, as you can see in the picture below.



- TV Playback


Finally we thought that we better make use of the RCA port. So, we decided to move the monitor out to the living room and plug in into our trusty pay TV box, in our case Foxtel. The particular pay TV we use runs through a cable instead of a satellite, so we get the ability to watch normal Free to Air (FTA) television as well. Moving through a host of channels we don't find any serious problems, MTV, Cartoon Networks, FTA all look great. We do run into the same problem we had with some games and DVDs that when a program that is dominated by darker colors.


As far as the setup of running TV through the monitor, it was very easy. Simply plug your RCA cable that carries video into the monitor and change the input device using the OSD. In no time you will find yourself watching normal television on it. One thing worth noting is that we found it better then our normal TV we had out in the living area and the new Prophetview 920 DVI became a more permanent fixture with a Shuttle XPC attached to it - quite the geeky area you can imagine, but we love it!


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