has been a while since we at Hot Hardware have taken
a look at a new Liquid Crystal Display (LCD).
Back in March of 2001 my fellow H.H. colleague,
Dave, ventured a look at one of the
forerunners of modern LCD displays.
Needless to say, since that time, LCD's have come a
long way. Faster response times, viewing
angles and contrast ratio have brought somewhat slow
and occasionally grainy displays into arms reach of
CRT monitor performance levels, with better
brightness and clarity.
In the past, LCD's
offered a 2D Desktop image that was hard to surpass.
However, available technology limited liquid crystal
cell response times (typically 25-45ms) which
resulted in blurry or streaking images during fast
paced multimedia or gaming applications.
Nowadays, through various technical achievements of
Thin Film Transistors (TFT) displays, higher end
products can deliver response times under 20ms with
minimal ghosting effects.
With all of that in mind, Hercules' most recent
offering in the market of LCD solutions is the
Prophetview 920 Pro DVI. Appearance wise, it
looks very similar to its predecessors.
Sporting a comparable bezel and the "trademark"
boomerang support stand, one could mistakenly say
they are the one and the same. The difference
that sets the 920 Pro apart from the rest of
Hercules's LCD product line is the use of a new
panel able to produce 20ms response times.
Offering not only an increase in response time, but
viewing angle (H170°/V150° instead of H150°/V130°)
and contrast ratio (430:1 instead of 350:1),
Hercules new LCD display should drive fairly
impressive image quality.
Specifications / Features of the
Prophetview 920 Pro DVI
Prophetview 920 Pro
? User Manual (CD)
? DVI/VGA Adapter
? Euro+UK+Swiss AC adapters
? US+Australia AC Adapters (US+Australia
The product is guaranteed for
exchange for up to 3 years
Hotline and technical support
available by phone or e-mail
or equivalent and higher, 10MB hard disk
space, 16MB RAM
Graphics Card or VGA Graphics Cards
(thanks to the provided adapter)
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Front of Box
the Prophetview does not offer anything new,
compared to similarly priced LCD Displays.
Thankfully, what it lacks in physical functionality
it makes up for in aesthetics. Mounting on a
solid metal "boomerang" shaped stand, the shapely
gloss black display will surely add an extra measure
of "swank" to any system it is incorporated with.
Unfortunately, the only physically adjustable
feature of the Prophetview is the vertical tilt of
the display. We would have liked to have seen
the implementation a horizontal swivel for the metal
base. Though it is very eye-catching, we feel
the dime sized rubber feet on the underside of the
"boomerang" do not offer people, who constantly
reposition their display, a large enough area of
protection form scratches on most surfaces.
Nevertheless, for those consumers whom leave their
display in a static position, or choose to wall
mount the display, this issue will not come into
Bundled with the Prophetview is everything that is
needed to connect and install the display correctly
to either a PC or Mac. Along with the main LCD
Display unit, the Prophetview comes with a North
American and European power receptacle adapter, AC
power block, DVI to DVI adaptor, DVI to VGA
converter and an installation CD. This is a
fairly comprehensive bundle for a display monitor or
flat panel. The Prophetview 920 Pro DVI offers
a multitude of connective options, that ensure a
large portion of the consumer basis will be able to
link up and install the display with little hassle