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AG Neovo E-17A

At a Glance
  • AG Neovo E-17A

    PCWorld Rating

    Despite an extra-hard optical filter, washed-out graphics and lack of physical adjustments make this monitor a poor bet.

AG Neovo E-17A
Photograph: Rick Rizner

Like the 19-inch AG Neovo X-19AV, which we reviewed in January 2005, the E-17A has an easy-to-clean, extra-hard screen surface. Unfortunately, this analog-only-input model didn't perform as well as its high-end sibling. Commendable text scores on our juried tests (at the monitor's default settings) resulted in a Very Good rating for text. But dull, washed-out images and loss of detail in light areas hurt it on our graphics tests, culminating in a lackluster score of Fair.

The E-17A's design features are somewhat mixed, too. Screen adjustments include five sharpness settings and four well-explained color presets, and the headphone jack is conveniently situated on the right side of the bezel. But its stand permits tilt adjustment only.

The AG Neovo E-17A's extra-hard optical filter is a nice touch, but better screen quality and physical adjustments would be more-compelling attributes.

AG Neovo E-17A


17-inch screen; 1280 by 1024 native resolution; 8.2 pounds; vendor does not disclose panel type; analog input only. Three-year warranty (including the backlight); 8-hour daily toll-free tech support.
$370
www.neovo-usa.com

Laura Blackwell

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Despite an extra-hard optical filter, washed-out graphics and lack of physical adjustments make this monitor a poor bet.

    Pros

    • Extra-hard optical filter
    • Pale graphics

    Cons

    • Lack of physical adjustments
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