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Are 17" LCDs Dead?

Fujitsu-Siemens Scaleoview T17-2

It's been a long time since we tested a Fujitsu-Siemens screen. In the last few months, this manufacturer has decided to come back in force with a large range of devices from which we're testing today one of its 17" offerings: the T17-2. This monitor is also unavailable in North America.

Fujitsu-Siemens T17-2
Diagonal17"
Native Resolution1280 x 1024
Contrast350 : 1
Brightness350 cd/m2
Latency8 ms
ColorsNC
Viewing Angles H/V160/120 (H/V)
LoudspeakersNone
ConnectivityVGA
Average Price$NA (270 euros)

Design

The T17-2 is a fairly low-key design. The plastics are of average quality but the whole thing is carefully assembled. Yet, the T17-2 isn't really in the same league as the ASUS PM17T-S, as you will see. The stand, in particular, is lacking in stability. As a result, inclination adjustment is difficult. Still, for the published price, we probably shouldn't expect better.

Ergonomics

Ergonomically, the device is pleasant. The OSD is clear and legible but the range of inclination adjustment is limited and above all you have to pick up the stand whenever you want to adjust the angle. That's just messy.

Equipment

The T17-2's equipment is basic for this range. Here we get just one VGA input and an external transformer - that's it.