REVIEW: Iiyama ProLite C480T
++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad
After having the opportunity to get a glance on the Iiyama C480T on this year's SYSTEMS we have been eagerly looking forward to get this display into our lab. To make sure you get the point here, Iiyama is presenting a model, which really deserves a closer look by you. In particular if you don't plan on investing in a separate sound system, but do need a TV set and look for a pleasing sound quality.
Whoever intends to use one's monitor as a TV set has different possibilities at hand. One Way is to install a TV-Tuner adapter card. This has the advantage of recording TV-programs directly onto your hard drive. A big disadvantage, however, has to have the PC running whenever you just want to watch TV. The Iiyama C480T is a fully featured TV set and - by the nature of such - works without having to boot a PC first.
All results issued in this review have been established by using the digital input, with the exception of the test runs for analog image quality, which have been established on the analog input. Our testbed ran with a Gainward 750 Geforce4 Titanium graphics card.
The Iiyama comes with manual, power cable, adapter, DVI-A VGA cable, DVI-D cable, audio cable, remote control, batteries, 2 speakers including appropriate cables and screws, TV Tuner and one CD along with a manual, color profiles and drivers.
Before having it all up and running, the device has to be fully assembled yet. The accompanying components look a little discouraging at first, since speakers and TV Tuner are yet to be mounted and cabled. But basically everything goes together in a pretty simple way. A screw driver should be at hand. However, the TV tuner could not be detected until the power cable had been removed and plugged back in.
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