REVIEW: Xerox XM7-22W (DVI)
++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad
The name Xerox is certainly a concept for many people in the context of printers. However, only a select few know that monitors are also manufactured under this name. Since the end of 2004, monitors bearing this well-known brand have been on the market. However, the company MAG/Proview is responsible for production and guarantee matters. MAG presented the XM7-24w and XM7-22w to us at this year’s CeBit in March. However, at CeBit, the models still bore the Xerox logo.
Xerox concentrates on a pleasing elegant design for its models and accompanies this with a glass panel on the front of each. The pioneer in this regard is the company Neovo, but Neovo models are considerably more expensive. Asus, too, has added a model with a scratchproof surface to its repertoire; PRAD has already tested this model, the Asus LS201.
A glass panel protects the monitor from damage and dirt. At home or in the office, moments arise time and time again where the panel surface can be damaged irreparably by carelessness. The culprits include cats hunting screensavers, children who get hold of a pen and immortalise the shape of its nib forever in the panel surface and also users who open a computer carelessly and damage the monitor panel with the corner. Happy are those who own a monitor with a glass screen in such cases. In addition, a standard glass screen is easier to clean than the panel surface of a conventional LCD monitor.
As well as protecting the panel beneath, a glass layer also gives rise to mire vivid colours in a similar way to a glossy or glare panel. Black in particular is displayed more intensely as a result.
A side effect of the glass front panel (which also occurs with glossy panels) is that the surface of the screen is reflective since the anti-reflex layer’s effect is lessened by the glass panel. This is not a huge difference for a CRT monitor user, but it is something new for an LCD user whose previous monitor had a conventional panel.
In our detailed test, we aim to clarify whether the Xerox XM7-22W can hold its own against the competition and which target group the model is best suited to.
All test results published here were obtained via the digital input via a XFX GeForce 8800GTX. Only the analogue image quality was tested on the analogue connection.
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