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Old 02-05-2003, 10:03 AM
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im in process of sending back a monitor that had much warmer yellow in the middle. From reading around I found that a worn out shadow mask will show this problem. However both that and my other monitors havent had a problem with being not bright enough. I have mine lowered in fact. It is easier on the eyes and better represents printed material.

Some monitors do have an adjustment so that you can adjust color on the individual corners. Probably like everything these days, quality control is lacking
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Old 02-05-2003, 05:33 PM
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This problem might be most evident in the new "flat" screen monitors. I looked at a 19" Samsung without a flat screen and it had significantly brighter whites. I guess I'll just have to continue shopping around and asking questions.

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Old 02-08-2003, 10:36 AM
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After comparing a number of 17" flat monitors I finally settled on the KDS XF-7b. The XF stands for extremely flat, which it is.

This monitor produces excellent color and crisp black text. Unlike my 15" monitors (with very brilliant whites) the whites on the XF-7b are an eggshell white (comparable to other brands I tested). It was easy to set the black point correctly with plenty of brightness headroom.

One discrepancy I found with all flat screen monitors was the inability to achieve truly square windows. If I want smaller open windows to appear square then the desktop must have distinctly curved sides.

Another problem I found on every unit I tested was a distinct blooming of the desktop. "when you open a new window, the edges of the desktop expand outward". Research I've done indicates this is a power supply problem, either poor design or poor quality/failing components. The XF-7b was slightly worse than other units.

One thing to watch out for is the new Samsung "Magic Bright" or ViewSonic "Ultra Bright" monitors. They're very bright but it's impossible to set the black point correctly on these systems.

If you are looking for a new monitor I would easily recommend the KDS XF-7b. I liked it so much I bought two if them. PS this is also the least expensive monitor you're likely to find anywhere.
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