Compaq delivers a fresh look

Compaq revamps its 15- and 17-inch CRT monitor line.

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Compaq Computer (CPQ) has updated its 15- and 17-inch CRT monitor line.

The new monitors are the Compaq P50 and the Compaq V50, both of which are 15-inch designs, and the Compaq P70, a 17-inch monitor.

The P50 (13.67-inch viewable) offers a 0.28mm dot pitch and a maximum resolution of 1,280 by 1,024 pixels for $443. The V50 (13.77-inch viewable) value-line monitor is priced at $385.

The Compaq P70 monitor (15.68-inch viewable) is specifically designed for high-end, graphic-intensive environments, such as CAD/CAE, and uses a 17-inch Trinitron CRT. The P70 is designed with a 0.26 stripe pitch and supports resolutions of up to 1,600 by 1,200 pixels. It has a refresh rate of 85 Hz. Compaq will offer the Sonnetech Colorific software to further boost the color display capabilities of the Compaq P70 monitors. The price for the P70 is $949.

Compaq has designed its line with AssetControl technology to enable the monitors to deliver key information electronically for inventory management purposes. For example, with Compaq AssetControl, a Compaq Deskpro, and appropriate software, customers can retrieve a monitor's make, model, and serial number across a network, saving the time and support costs of physically checking each unit on location, the company said.

In addition, the P50, V50, and P70 monitors are Plug-and-Play compatible for easy setup and configuration with Windows 95.