EVGA InterView 1700 Dual Monitor System review:

EVGA InterView 1700 Dual Monitor System

Our "Kill Bill Vol. 1" DVD test yielded apparent static ghosting on the EVGA. Color-wise, the EVGA looks washed out and is nowhere near as vibrant as the best monitors we've reviewed.

Unreal Tournament 3 also looked a bit drab running at 1,440x900, with muddled colors. Also, during fast movement, when we'd spray our guns around horizontally, the image became noticeably blurry.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually from directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Since most monitors are made to be viewed only at that angle type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies depending on the monitor. Like most monitors, the EVGA InterView uses a TN panel in each screen. TN panels get overly bright or overly dark when viewed from nonoptimal angles. When we viewed the EVGA from the sides or below, the screen appeared to darken only a couple inches from optimal. From the sides, text is still readable until viewing from about 60 degrees. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

In our power consumption tests, the 34-inch (two 17-inch screens) EVGA InterView drew 30.13 watts in its Default/On mode--compared with the 30-inch Dell 3007WFP's 142.14 watts and the Gateway XHD3000's 160.36 watts. The InterView's standby mode drew 3.1 watts compared with the Dell's 's 1.41 watts and the Gateway's 17.01 watts. Based on our formula, the EVGA would cost $11.31 per year to run, compared with the Dell's $43.38 and the Gateway's $59.67.

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EVGA InterView Dual Monitor System

Contrast ratio
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EVGA InterView Dual Monitor System
Dell 3008WFP

CNET Labs Displaymate Tests
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EVGA InterView Dual Monitor System

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Service and support
The monitor includes a three-year, limited warranty--if you register within 30 days of purchase--that covers parts, labor, and the backlight of each screen. EVGA backs this up with 24-7, toll-free, technical phone support, as well as technical support via e-mail. EVGA's Web site was a breeze to navigate, making finding drivers and the manual a snap.

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