I got it - and am very happy to be an owner
Just looking forward to getting the ATI Radeon 8500 AIW DV - so I can use DVI input.
The only way I heat up my house is by overclocking my cpu :tongue:
Have it hooked up to a Athlon 1.5GHz, 512MB RAM, ATI 8500. Man this panel rocks for gaming!
Pretty soon everyone will be saying this forum is full of Compaq fanbois - but for a damn good reason! I honestly cannot think of why a person would buy something besides the TFT7020 or TFT8030 when looking for a high-performance LCD. They're just that good.
I am not a Compaq fanboy, but apparently I play one on this forum. Seriously, I even now do not like Compaq as a company for home products. They are fine for file and web servers, but I would not recommend anyone I know to buy a personal computer from them. They generally use proprietary parts in their computers which makes upgrading a nightmare.
However, I must say their customer support has been much much better than I anticipated. I was able to speak with a knowledgeable person within 5 minutes every single time I called them. And a 14-day no-questions-asked return policy is pretty damn skippy.
Anyhow I have a TFT7020 and use it 90% for gaming. It, simply stated, is an excellant monitor. There may be other LCDs that are excellant also, but the TFT7020 will not leave you feeling misled whatsoever. Play a first person shooter on one and you will be simply amazed. Granted, I do not have a lot of experience with other LCDs, but I know what I can accept/like/love/hate etc, and I have pretty demanding requirements for visual quality. I'll agonize for WEEKS over a purchase. Sometimes I'm pretty happy with a purchase, sometimes I'm really happy with a purchase. In this case, I am completely happy with my purchase. I was concerned about dead pixels? Surprise! NONE! Not a one. I feel I got a hell of a bargain.
I was referring to Planar PV174 which can be had for 659-10% coupon at dell ($593 shipped). If they were the same price or a lot closer, I probably would've tried the Compaq since it's better looking (the footprint, not the screen).
I'm only speaking from my experience. Obviously I can't get a Compaq for $645. The Planar is just as good for image quality, in fact better with viewing angles from what I've heard, but it seems more complaints of ghosting. Same response time, so you be the judge. Either MVA is worse at games, Planar isn't accurate, or coincidence of who's giving their opinion. If you can get a Compaq for $645, then it's a no-brainer. If not, you're in my shoes.
I own the TFT7020 and its great. I got the educational pricing easy as pie. Just told them my college and everything was fine. I had to pay $660 though, my college isn't special enough for the $645 price. I even made sure they knew I was a student and not faculty. The monitor itself is simply awesome and works well in FPS games and strategy games and pretty much anything else. I wish I could afford the TFT8030 though, lower response time and larger screen would make me a tad happier.
Trusting every aspect of our lives to a giant computer was the greatest thing we ever did -Homer