Hyundai ImageQuest L70s review: Hyundai ImageQuest L70s

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre
  • Overall: 4.6
  • Design: 4.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 4.0
  • Service and support: 5.0
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The Good Low price; well-organized onscreen menu.

The Bad Poor image quality; limited adjustability; no DVI option; poor sound quality from built-in speakers.

The Bottom Line Bargain shoppers beware: this LCD's low price comes at the expense of good image quality. We don't recommend it.

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Hyundai ImageQuest L70s

You may know Hyundai as the manufacturer of inexpensive automobiles, but did you know that the company also makes budget-price displays and notebooks? Its 17-inch LCD offering, the Hyundai ImageQuest L70s, is indeed very reasonably priced. Unfortunately, its disappointing image quality and lackluster design make it a dubious bargain.

To be fair, the ImageQuest L70s's design aspires to the standard high-tech look you'll see in LCDs from manufacturers such as HP and ViewSonic. It has the requisite two-tone plastic casing (purplish-gray and silver), a slim bezel that measures 0.75 inch on the top and bottom and 0.5 inch on the sides, plus speakers embedded in the casing below the bottom bezel and a cluster of shiny, metallic-looking plastic adjustment buttons, which give a bit of flash without being obtrusive. Overall, the display's appearance is unremarkable--we wouldn't single it out as particularly attractive or ugly. But for our money, we prefer an LCD with some style, such as the Samsung SyncMaster 711t or the Helen of Troy of LCDs, the Apple Cinema Display.

Functionally, the ImageQuest L70s's design is serviceable, but no more. It has a rectangular neck and a base that's reasonably stable, too. The analog signal port (there's no DVI option) for connecting the display to your PC is easy to access, as are the headphone jack and the speaker jack for connecting to your PC. There's no cable-feed system to hide ungainly wires, but given that you can't raise the display panel at all--it sits at a low 2.5 inches from the desktop--you won't be troubled by unsightly cable dangle. As with most bargain LCDs, the only adjustment you can make to the ImageQuest L70s is to tilt the panel 25 degrees forward and back. You can also attach it to a VESA swing arm or a wall mount, but there's no side-to-side swivel and no Portrait/Landscape pivot.

The Hyundai ImageQuest L70s's onscreen menu (OSM) is unusually compact but neatly organized. Descriptions of all the icons appear in the corner of the menu as you select them. The adjustment options include all the regulars, such as brightness, contrast, horizontal and vertical position, and color temperature control. The one feature in the L70s's OSM that we've never encountered before is a option that automatically optimizes the color temperature. This anomalous feature, while intriguing, adds nothing to the display's otherwise lackluster performance.

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Hyundai ImageQuest L70s

Part Number: L70S Released: Feb 11, 2004
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  • Release date Feb 11, 2004
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 17 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.26 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 450:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 5:4