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Hercules Video - Prophetview 920 Pro DVI
A Gamer's Flat Panel And More

Jason R. Gibson
January 15th
, 2004

 

 
Setup and Installation
Plug it in and fire it up...

Upon removal from the packaging we began assembling the display.  Located at the end of the metal support arm are two prongs which slide into the boomerang shaped base.  After assembly, the provided mounting screw is threaded through the housing of the base and into the support arm, locking it into place.  Though the screw does a good job of tightly securing everything together, we were a bit surprised to see that Hercules opted to use a half plastic, half metal screw.  We thought they would have continued the trend of full metal construction for the displays support system, especially on a component that is responsible for keeping the base attached to the support arm.

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Close Up of Stand Screw End of Display Arm
US vs. Euro Power Adaptors AC Power Block Power Insertion Port
AC Adapter Gender Benders Wiring Information

Once the display was setup on our test bench we began the simple process of connecting it to our system.  From there the power adaptor was connected to the AC Power Block, and then the corresponding plug was inserted into the rear of the Prophetview.  Despite the fact that the female connection on the display is placed in a slightly awkward position behind the support arm, it does offer a nice position for easy concealment of the monitor's cabling.  Along with this, we were also pleased to see Hercules had the power hungry consumer in mind.  The implementation of a separate the power block from the actual wall plug is surely an asset for most high-end computer enthusiasts who are always seeking that extra power outlet.

Once the unit had power, the Prophetview was simply plugged into our video card's DVI output.  No need to fret if you do not have a card that supports DVI, Hercules includes a DVI to VGA converter for just this instance.  After loading XP we updated the monitor?s .INF file using the supplied CD through Device Manager and quickly set the display type in the advanced settings of our video card's display drivers.  A quick reboot later, we were up and running...

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Side of Display

Wall Mounting Information

For those who are interested in wall mounting, the entire support system removes from the rear of the display so that one can attach the Prophetview to a wall bracket/swivel mount.  Projecting from the wall by a mere 28mm (about 1 inch), the display will surely present a more sleek, lower profile positioning for the average user .  This feature is something that is offered, but no hardware is supplied so aftermarket components are essential unfortunately.

Controls and DVI vs. RGB
Taming the Beast...

 

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ATi Monitor Selector

ATi FPD Properties

On Screen Controls

The on On Screen Display (OSD) controls for the Prophetview are simple, yet at the same time, provide a basis for configurability.  In DVI mode the controls are a little more simplistic because the DVI connection sets many of the scaling and positioning parameters.  Nevertheless, the backlight intensity, color temperature and a few other options can still be adjusted with relative ease of navigation

In Analog mode, the ability to tweak the display for phase, frequency and a few other various image adjustments is availableDuring testing we were able to achieve a very nice image in VGA mode, though it did take a fair amount of tweaking.  However, there is no comparison to the easy-to-use plug and play functionality and visuals of crisp and clean DVI mode.

 

Tests and Final Thoughts

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