BroMagic 17" DVI LCD - Introduction
BroMagic 17" DVI LCD - SpecificationsSpecifications- Main Features- 1280 x 1024/SXGA- Low Radiation- Low Power Consumption- On Screen Display Control- Superb Adjustable View Angle - Product Details- LCD Display - Display Type 17" active matrix TFT LCD panel - Pixel pitch 0.264(H)×0.264(V) mm - Display Area (H×W) 337.92(H)×270.34(W) mm - Contrast Ratio 400:1 - Viewing Angle L/R +80° ~ -80° - U/D +80° ~ -80° - Interface LVDS(5V) - Resolution: 1280 X 1024 - Operation Features- H Frequency input Range 30KHZ-80KHZ - V Frequency input Range 50HZ-75HZ - Video Frequency 135MHz - Display Colors 16,777M - Resolution SXGA 1280×1024 @ 75Hz - Brightness 250 cd/m^2 - Response Time Tr/Tf=15/20 ms - Operation conditions - Humidity: 20% ~ 80% - Temperature: 0°C ~ 45°C - Storage Conditions - Humidity: 20% ~ 80% - Temperature -20°C ~ 60°C - Input Connector- Analog: 15-pin-D-SUB - Digital: DVI - Multimedia: (Option) - Video AV1-RCA Jack- S-Video Jack - Audio Line in - stereo - R/L Channel - RCA Jack - Ear phone jack - Line out - Micro phone jack - USB (Option)1× up stream4× down stream - Touch Screen (Option)- Capacitive/Resistive type RS232 Connector. - TV Tunner/Remote Control (Option)- Light Senser NTSC / PAL / SECAM- Phono Jack or IEC Connect. - WinNet /Wireless Keyboard(RF)- Wireless mouse(RF)/Camcorder TBD - Users ControlFront Panel Controls- Auto Adjust, Menu, up, down, Select+, Select-, ESC & Volume OSD Controls - Brightness, Contrast, Auto adjust, Phase Clock, H. Position, V. Position, Sharpness Color Temperature, Language, OSD H/V Position, Video select, Recall. - Physical SpecificationDimension (H×W×D) - 448(H)×433(W)×200(D) Typ. mm Net Weight 6.5KG - PowerPower Saving - VESA DPMS Standard Power Consumption - 35W (Typ) - RegulationSafety & EMI - UL, CSE, TUU/GS, CE, VCCI, FCC (DOC)
BroMagic 17" DVI LCD - FeaturesFeatures- The Box and its ContentAs far as first glances of the box go, you don't find anything too exciting. It's in a cardboard box which states the size of the LCD and some of the key features. The main reason for such a bland box is to help keep prices down. BroMagic could have easily made some colorful box with lots of pictures but this would have raised the price of the monitor overall, and at the end of the day most people will probably find themselves throwing the box away anyway.When opening up the box you see the LCD with a little bag packed down one side. When pulling the bag out you see the power cable, VGA cable and audio cable. Unfortunately this LCD didn't come with a DVI cable which was a bit of a disappointment; fortunately the next shipment will come with the DVI cable and not the VGA one, which we discovered after asking the company. The DVI connection used is DVI-D. DVI-D only carries a digital signal, some LCDs use another form of DVI which carries both digital and analogue signals but due to the fact that the BroMagic LCD has a separate port for analogue, the DVI connection used here is DVI-D.The manual gives you the basic run down. Within the bag is the audio cable which can be used to plug into your sound card which gives you the ability to make use of the speakers found on the front of the LCD.- First GlanceWhen pulling the LCD out of the box you find that it is slightly thicker then some of the other LCDs on the market but quickly find that the main reason for this is due to the AC power being built into the monitor instead of it being external.Being internal has it pros and cons. As far as pros go, you don't have to worry about carting a separate transformer around with you, unfortunately the LCD becomes slightly bulkier then others and you also receive a small increase in weight. While the actual panel may be thicker then some others, it doesn't take up any more desk space then other models. The only time you would notice it being thicker is if you choose to wall mount it.
BroMagic 17" DVI LCD - Features ContinuedFeatures Continued- ConnectionsAs we have stated already, the particular model we are looking at is the DVI version which helps bring a digital image to the screen which results in a much clearer and pleasant image due to less signal noise. Some people are going to find themselves not spending the extra money for the DVI model as its costs a little bit more and would simply prefer to go for the normal VGA model.On the other side, others will go with the DVI version because it does look better or simply because it's more "future proof" - and in all honesty, digital is the way to go these days.
BroMagic 17" DVI LCD - Features Continued Again and SetupFeatures Continued Again- Contrast and BrightnessThe brightness and contrast ratio are very similar to the Hercules ProphetView 920. While the 920 was a very good monitor, it was dark in particular areas which would cause a problem for some people, like in particularly dark games, for example.Instead of the 350:1 contrast ratio offered by the ProphetView 920, here we see a higher 400:1 contrast ratio which should help in the darker areas. We will see just how much of a difference this has on the overall image brightness.
BroMagic 17" DVI LCD - TestingTesting- Normal Computer UseAs far as normal computer use goes with this monitor, it is excellent. When doing a direct comparison with the non-DVI model, you really see how much brighter and vivid the colors are. With the aggressive pricing the BroMagic LCD features, this monitor is perfect for an office situation. Navigating across the desktop is done with great ease and with a maximum resolution of 1280 X 1024 there shouldn't be any problems with desktop space.- GamingWhen it comes to cheap LCDs, a lot of people don't expect a lot when it comes to gaming. Having the chance to test the DVI model and the non DVI model, it gives you a better view of the benefits DVI offers.It was time to load up our favorite game, Vietcong. Vietcong is a first person shooter based in the Vietnam War days. First Persons Shooters bring out the worst in monitors, due to the fast paced shooting and dark areas; it really shows the flaws in an LCD quite effectively. Gaming was quite good on the BroMagic LCD, while we did have to adjust the brightness and contrast slightly to get the best out of the monitor it played quite well. There was a slight amount of ghosting but when compared to the non-DVI model, it played overall a lot better. The BroMagic LCD isn't the Ultimate Gaming LCD monitor, but it's going to be just fine for a lot of people. For someone who works from home and is a casual gamer, it will be just fine, while not breaking the bank. - Movie PlaybackThe best way to test how the monitor looks when it comes to movie is by running a movie that is dominated by a lot of darkness and on the other side of the scale you want to run something that has lots of bright colors. For these reasons, most of the time a movie like Toy Story is best, since it is animated, there is no flaws in the picture.Loading up Finding Nemo (Pixar's latest animated movie) brings the monitor straight to life and we get to see all the vivid colors come to life. When it comes to watching something that gets quite dark, we ran into similar problems we had with the Hercules LCD. Fortunately because the higher contrast ratio, it wasn't as bad and it did play slightly better. The higher contrast ratio does make quite a big difference not only here but also in games.
BroMagic 17" DVI LCD - ConclusionConclusionThe value end LCD market is becoming bigger and bigger. In the past a cheap 15" LCD was about the same price as a good quality 19" CRT. When it came to the option between a 15" LCD or a 19" CRT, the decision for most people was to go for the larger CRT monitor. In 18 months, LCDs are selling like crazy and now it's not uncommon to see pre-built systems with 15" or 17" LCDs as their prices become competitive to CRT.BroMagic LCDs are one of the cheapest on the market and the majority of the time the average user would think of the old saying, "You get what you pay for". Fortunately this isn't the case with the BroMagic 17" DVI LCD and we see a quality product come to the market at a cheap price. As far as paper specifications go, it is very similar to the Hercules ProphetView 920 DVI which we thought was a very high quality monitor. The ProphetView was plagued by a high price but is still the best looking LCD on the market as far as appearances go. BroMagic have a monitor that is aimed for offices but doesn't do too bad a job for the casual gamer at home. Overall we have a monitor that is probably the cheapest in the market over here in Australia and carries the specs of some of the more expensive, higher end alternatives.- ProsExcellent value for moneyCasual gamers could do a lot worse Very sturdy standRCA Ports for sound and videoS Video portSeparate DVI and analogue VGA connectorsPerfect for office due to the price/performanceWall mountable- ConsCan be dark in some placesDidn't come with a DVI-D cable (Next shipment will come with DVI-D cable)
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