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CMV CT-720D 17-inch 8ms TFT LCD
By Zachary Chan
Category : Monitor
Published by Vijay Anand on Friday, 28th January, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars   (Most Value For Money Award)

CT-720D Features (Part 1)

For a moment, the fully white CMV might look like an Apple clone, but only for split second. The similarities end there and upon a closer look, the LCD panel is housed in a rather plain unadorned plastic cabinet. The fact that the material used is not polished, shined or treated in any way gives the CT-720D a cheap look. CMV seemed to realize this and stuck a clear plastic frame with silver borders to enhance the appearance of the monitor. We can't say that it helps much though and it even adds to the bezel size. While LCDs continue to slim down bezel width, the CT-720D has a monster 39mm one on the sides, which totally rules out any notion of setting up a spanning multi-display. However, as a multimedia monitor, one would assume that the LCD was only intended for single display use.

As if the bezel of the cabinet is not enough, CMV has added an extra plastic frame which adds 8mm more the size.

The multimedia functions of the CT-720D includes a pair of stereo speakers set at the bottom of the panel. While one may overlook the lack of bass in such speakers, audio distortion happens even at lower volume levels. The speakers are only good for basic Windows sounds and at the very most, some light music, but don't push your luck. You would do much better with a pair of S$20 dollar desktop speakers.

2.5W stereo speakers built into the bottom of the cabinet.

Controls of the CT-720D are plain, with 6 buttons along the bottom bezel. Besides the usual buttons for Power, Menu, Menu selection and Auto-calibration, our eyes were drawn to a button with the label Turbo. Naturally inquisitive, we wondered if it was at all possible that a monitor can be overclocked or 'Turbo charged'. Does it boost response time? Pump more voltage for a more vibrant display? Questions arose that needed answering, but the answer turned out to be much more mundane. The Turbo function was merely preset brightness modes much like Samsung's MagicBright. The three available modes are Picture, Text and Economy. Each mode adjusts monitor brightness to different levels for their respective profiles, which are clearly self-explanatory.

Buttons are large and clearly labeled. The Turbo button sure got us wondering.

Side profile of the CT-720D. Clean or just plain? You decide.

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