Compaq TFT7020 review: Compaq TFT7020

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Excellent focus; solid construction; affordable price; comprehensive support.

The Bad Inconsistent color performance.

The Bottom Line The TFT7020's outstanding focus, sturdy build, and reasonable cost make it a great value for business users.

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The word on the street is that LCD prices have stabilized, so now is the time to upgrade your whole office to flat panels. For regular employees, check out some affordable 15-inch LCDs. But for VIPs or spreadsheet jocks who need to stare at long rows of figures all day, a 17-inch display is the better bet. Compaq's TFT7020 offers great quality and a slick look at an affordable price. The word on the street is that LCD prices have stabilized, so now is the time to upgrade your whole office to flat panels. For regular employees, check out some affordable 15-inch LCDs. But for VIPs or spreadsheet jocks who need to stare at long rows of figures all day, a 17-inch display is the better bet. Compaq's TFT7020 offers great quality and a slick look at an affordable price.

Spacey yet earthy
The $779 Compaq TFT7020's two-tone, carbon-and-silver casing is trim, with a space-aged design, as well as a sturdy swivel base that's easy to adjust and won't tip over when you change the screen angle. The LCD offers a decent 1,280x1,024 (SXGA) resolution and a tight .26mm dot pitch. With slightly above-average (150 degrees horizontal, 140 degrees vertical) viewing angles, the display is good for presentations, and Compaq offers movable swing-arm and VESA wall-mount options. Just under the bottom edge of the unit, there's a headphone jack and a volume dial for the two small speakers embedded in the front panel.

Useful extras
Setting up the TFT7020 is easy because the plastic panel on the back of the display flares at the bottom, leaving more room for the signal, audio, and power cables. The TFT7020 has both analog and digital connectors, and both super-VGA and DVI-D cables come in the box.

The TFT7020 is targeted at Compaq's business users, so the included CD-ROM has some useful, business-oriented software. Compaq LCD Display Test helps you optimize picture quality, and Display LiteSaver enables sophisticated low-power and sleep-mode settings. Thanks to Compaq Management Agents, the display is compatible with Compaq's Intelligent Manageability Software, and a user guide offers setup instructions, troubleshooting tips, and onscreen display (OSD) information.

Comprising three buttons on the front panel, the OSD controls are minimalist but perfectly usable. The OSD menu, which looks somewhat like the interface of a Palm device, is organized with submenus of settings that you scroll through and select. In addition to the usual controls, such as brightness, contrast, and color, advanced options let you lock your settings as well as adjust the menu's position and transparency.

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Where to Buy

Compaq TFT7020

Part Number: 253218-001

MSRP: $779.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 17 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.26 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 400:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 5:4