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-- by Deborah K. Wong
With 17-inch monitor wars raging, MAG InnoVision's multifrequency DJ702e monitor, offering superb color and easy-to-use on-screen controls, is a real fighter.
I tested the DJ702e using Sonera Technologies' DisplayMate and ATI's Mach 64 video card on a DTK P150 system. I was impressed by the overall image quality in most categories. Its 0.28mm dot-pitch Microfilter FST CRT, with 16.1 inches of viewable area, was sharp. While geometric and corner distortion was minimal, there was slight blurring in the corners; moire distortion was a problem at all resolution settings and there was no on-screen control to correct it. Nevertheless, the monitor scored well on the horizontal and vertical registration tests, with reduced convergence errors.
A large thumbwheel control at the bottom right of the DJ702e's faceplate provides access to 13 functions within two on-screen menus. I would prefer more functions.
The DJ702e supports vertical refresh rates up to 120Hz, has a maximum resolution of 1280x1024 pixels and handles 1024x768 at 80Hz. Seven preprogrammed settings cover most common video modes. The microprocessor-based design offers auto-synchronization. This Plug-and-Play compatible unit adheres to the Swedish MPRII radiation emissions and is EPA Energy Star-compliant. It follows VESA DPMS power-management standards and supports the display data channel level 1/2B. In power-management mode, power consumption is reduced from 120 watts to 15W in standby/suspend mode and to 8W in the off mode.
Weighing 38.1 pounds, the monitor measures 16.7 by 16.7 by 18 inches, making it a hair deeper than most 17-inchers.
The DJ702e is perfect for home and business use, but the Compaq V70 on our Recommended List offers better controls and refresh rates.
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