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AOC LM-500 15" TFT Flatscreen Display
AOC LM-500 15
The lure of the flatscreen monitor is a strong one. After growing up with large and bulky Cathode Ray Tubes, the slim flatscreens stick out like candy for the taking.
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AOC LM-500 15" LCD Flatscreen Review

The lure of the flatscreen monitor is a strong one. After growing up with large and bulky Cathode Ray Tubes, the slim flatscreens stick out like candy for the taking. The only drawback is their cost. Flatscreens are usually very expensive, and tend to be a bit beyond budget of the average consumer. Whereas a decent 19" flatscreen costs as much, or more than the average computer, a 19" CRT can be had for only a few hundred.

In this review we'll be looking at a 15" flatscreen display from a company called Envision Peripherals (EPI). The LM-500 is target towards the budget minded consumer with its' relatively low price. Based out of Freemont, the EPI have been making monitors for over 18 years, largely for the reseller market. This probably explains why haven't heard of EPI previously.

As we've seen in the past, monitor quality is usually a very polar entity. A good monitor is superb, and bad monitor is really bad. In the world of displays, there just doesn't seem to be any middle ground. Its' either good, or bad.

Envision Peripherals:

AOC LM-500 LCD Display

  • 15.1" VIS, TFT LCD
  • VESA, XGA, SVGA, VGA Compatible
  • VESA DPMS and EPA Energy Star
  • VESA 75 Hz Preset Refresh Rate
  • OSD control
  • 1024x768 pixel resolution
  • plug and play
  • 3 year parts and labor
  • LCD Dimensions: 9" high x 12" wide (15.1" diag.)
  • Panel Dimensions: 3" thick, 15" wide, 12" high (incl. bezel)
  • Comes with: power cord, drivers, manual
  • Cost: ~$800-900USD
  • Before we begin lets clear up one thing that we found a bit confusing.

    You may have noticed that the display we are reviewing says AOC on it, but the company is called EPI? As it happens, Envision Peripherals makes monitors for two markets. Monitors with the AOC label are destined for the reseller market, and monitors with the EPI label can be picked up in your local computer store. It's the same company and manufacturer, just a different logo. Now, lets move on and check out the features of this 15" flatscreen display...

    The Full Specs:

    Panel TFT LCD
    VIS: 15.1" (Diagonal)
    Hard Coating (3H), Anti-glare Treatment, 10,000 hour lifespan backlight.
    Pixel Pitch 0.27mm x 0.27mm
    Display Area 304mm x 228mm
    Brightness 200cd/m2 (typical)
    Contrast Ratio 150 : 1 (typical)
    Viewing Angle Horizontal: +100 / - 100Degree
    Vertical:+80 / -80 Degree
    Frequency Horizontal: 30K~60KHz
    Vertical: 60~75 Hz
    Pixel rate 100MHz
    Resolution 1024 x 768 @70Hz (recommended)
    Color 262K, 16.7M Colors
    Signal Input Video Input: Analog RGB (0.714 Vp-p)
    Sync. Type: Separate Sync., TTL Level
    Video Signal Connector

    15 Pin Mini D-sub Male
    Plug & Play DDC1/2B
    Power Source Universal powersupply, 100~240VAC, 50/60Hz
    Power Consumption 37 Watts (Max.)
    Power Management EPA ENERGY STAR & VESA DPMS

    User Control Power On/Off Key, Auto Key
    and Shuttle Knobb
    OSD Function Brightness, Contrast, Hpos
    Vpos, Auto Adjust, Focus
    Contrast-Rdelay, Undo Adjust, Reset
    Save+ Exit
    Gamma/Offset Corrections
    Low Radiation TCO 92, TCO 99
    Regulation UL, CSA, FCC, TUV/GS, CE
    Temperature Operation: 5~40 Degree Centigrade
    Storage: -20~60 Degree Centigrade
    Dimensions Set(WxHxD): 398mm x 397mm x 190mm
    Packing(WxHxD): 494mm x 470mm x 230mm
    Weight 4.5Kg(Net)
    Warranty Three Years Parts & Labor

    To completely configure a system with this monitor, a diskette is included which has the necessary drivers. Windows was smart enough to detect the display type and load supporting drivers by itself without requesting the files on the disk. Drivers can be downloaded from EPI's website at www.epius.com however if they are required.

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    Contents of Article: EPI LM-500
     Pg 1.  — AOC LM-500 15" TFT Flatscreen Display
     Pg 2.  The Little Details
     Pg 3.  On screen display:
     Pg 4.  Is it really that great?

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