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Another Branch on Princeton's Family Tree
-- by Deborah K. Wong
Princeton Graphic Elite Series has added a new member to its family tree-the EO75, a high-resolution 17-inch monitor.
Competing with Princeton's EO70, this new monitor retains features of its sister product. It offers a 15.8-inch active viewing area, a nonglare, antistatic-coated, flat-square CRT with an Invar shadow mask, a removable tilt-swivel base and Windows 95 Plug-and-Play capabili-ties (VESA DDC 1/2b). The new monitor measures 16.7 by 16.2 by 17.9 inches and weighs 43.3 pounds.
The EO75 delivers an improved 0.26mm dot pitch screen and a maximum noninterlaced resolution of 1600x1200 at 75Hz, with an autosynchronizing horizontal scan rate range of 30kHz to 95kHz. The vertical scan range goes from 50Hz to120Hz. The EO75 also touts 200MHz bandwidth for added clarity, which rated above average during focus matrix testing.
The monitor complies with the EPA Energy Star program for power savings and MPRII guidelines for low electromagnetic and static emissions. The EO75 power-management feature enables it to recognize VESA DPMS. Power consumption-slightly better than the EO70-ranges from a maximum 100 watts in operation mode to approximately 70W in standby mode, close to 25W in suspend mode and 8W in the Off setting. A standard three-year warranty is included.
Four push buttons on the monitor's front panel activate PreVu digital on-screen controls. Although degaussing is automatic on start-up, there is a separate degauss button. You can also choose from 15 preset modes. Additionally, the EO75 includes a BNC/D-Sub connector for easy toggling between two units.
The EO75 software features Coloright Technology, a color temperature control with red gain and blue gain adjustments, and Advanced Screen Geometry Controls (trapezoid, pincushion and rotation/tilt)
Under test conditions using Sonera Technologies' DisplayMate suite, I needed to dim the lights a little more than usual to combat reflective glare. When testing for screen uniformity, I noticed a slight halo effect around the screen's edges, in addition to small patches and dark blotches scattered across the display. While the EO75 was practically flicker-free, pincushioning was annoying and difficult to correct. The picture was bright with good vertical and horizontal registration. However, those qualities must be weighed against inconsistent color intensity and moire distortion.
Despite its similar external appearance to the EO70, the EO75 fails to match its sibling in performance and doesn't merit a place on our Recommended List.