Of course, as computer
hardware guys, we had to see how the HLN617W would work as a PC monitor. We
grabbed an Aopen EX915 XCube mini-PC also on the PCstats test bench (hey, it
matched the TV!) connected it up, and preceded to test.
As we mentioned before, the
HLN617W display has both DVI and VGA connectors for PC, so hooking it up was a
breeze. With a few clicks of the remote, it is easy enough to bring up a DVD
into PIP, and continue to work away on the PC desktop with the movie playing in
the corner (as pictured above). It's also easy enough to keep the DVD playing as
you load up a game like DOOM3 on this massive screen. :-)
We tested with a Radeon X600xt video card in the
system, which has both DVI and VGA connections and the picture was excellent. With the
DVI connection to the HLN617W and the resolution set at 1280x720, text was
clear and crisp several metres away from the screen. None of the fuzziness we
have come to associate with TV-out connections is present (nor should it be).
With a wireless keyboard, writing a review using this 61" monitor would be a pleasure!
Supported PC resolutions run
from 640x480 up to 1024x768. Three 'widescreen' modes are also available;
720x483, 1280x720 (our favourite) and 1290x1080i. The widescreen modes offer a
fantastic amount of desktop workspace, and adjust well to most 3D games and
applications. The HLN617W supports up to 32-bit colour.
We ran Doom3 through its paces
on the HLN617W and we can report that the display would make an excellent
companion for a multimedia/gaming computer. The HLN617W has easily the best
computer display properties of any television PCstats has reviewed so