Xerox XL-795D review: Xerox XL-795D

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Decent image quality; slick design.

The Bad Expensive; limited adjustability; antiglare glass is distractingly reflective; warranty covers the backlight for only two years.

The Bottom Line This glass-covered LCD will look good in your office, but it's less adjustable and more expensive than competing 19-inch LCDs.

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The Xerox XL-795D is the 19-inch model in Xerox's top-of-the-line 7 series. Like Xerox's midrange 17-inch XL-572DB and its lower-end 15-inch XL-350B , the XL-795D is more expensive and significantly less adjustable than much of the competition. However, the XL-795D, with a 1,280x1,024 native resolution, offers better image quality than its siblings, as well as a slick-looking glass-covered bezel for reducing glare.

Like other Xerox LCDs, the XL-795D has an oval solid-metal base attached to a curved, hinged neck. Unfortunately, this configuration makes it much less adjustable than most of the 19-inch LCDs we've tested. You can tilt the XL-795D's panel about 40 degrees backward, and it will work with a &siteid=7&edid=&lop=txt&destcat=ex&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwebopedia%2Ecom%2FTERM%2FV%2FVESA%2Ehtml">VESA swing-arm or wall mount--but that's it. If you want your monitor to swivel from side to side, pivot between Landscape and Portrait modes, or let you adjust the height of the panel, keep looking; we recommend Dell's significantly less expensive 1901FP .

The XL-795D has one analog and one DVI input, and Xerox includes cables for both. Because you can't adjust the neck from its position two inches above the desktop, you won't see much unsightly dangle--fortunate, as there's no cable-feed system. You may need a phone book, however, to raise the display to eye level.

The XL-795D boasts a slick antiglare glass cover dubbed the XShield, which makes for a smooth-panel surface reminiscent of the infinity pools you see on MTV Cribs. While the cover cuts down on glare when using a program such as Microsoft Word, it's maddeningly reflective--to the point of distraction--when viewing darker screens.

The XL-795D's stylish image-adjustment buttons are tucked into a narrow, silver strip that runs along the bottom edge of the display. The onscreen menus are fairly easy to navigate and offer colorful icons. You can adjust all the usual settings such as brightness, contrast, and sharpness.

For those whose needs start and end with basic productivity work and Web surfing, the XL-795D's image quality will satisfy. Where whites and grays appear bluish or pinkish on many LCDs, the XL-795D renders very pure, neutral tones. It also delivers crisp, sharp text and vibrant colors. However, uneven backlighting made for some bright patches in our tests, especially along the left side of our display. Further, our DVD tests showed considerable noise and blurriness in moving images.

The XL-795D comes with a standard three-year warranty, but like other Xerox LCDs, the backlight is covered for two years only--a bit chintzy. Lifetime phone tech support is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT. Xerox's Web site offers driver downloads, FAQs, and an online support-request feature.

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CNET Labs DisplayMate tests  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP L1925
75 
Xerox XL-795D
72 


Brightness in cd/m²
HP L1925
236 
Planar PX191
233 
Xerox XL-795D
221 
Dell 1901FP
212 
Note: Measured with the Sencore CP500/Minolta CA210

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Xerox XL-795D

Part Number: XL795D Released: Jan. 8, 2004

MSRP: $879.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jan. 8, 2004
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 19 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.294 mm
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Image Contrast Ratio 600:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 5:4