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LCD - ADI MicroScan A715

Like the Relisys, the ADI MicroScan A715 has a flat-necked stand that allows the whole display to be tilted horizontally in relation to the desk or if the VESA mount is used, to a wall. However, the stand has another hinge between the neck and the base, which also allows height adjustment through 10.5cm. In other words, if you mount this display to a wall you affectively have a built in mini-arm that can extend outwards from the wall.

The A715 also differs from all the displays on test, in that the DVI-D, D-SUB and power sockets have been moved from the back of the display and onto to the rear of the square base. This makes for a very tidy cable arrangement where you can simply run the cables outward and down the back of your desk. That said, cable routing gets messier if the display is wall mounted.

Disappointingly, ADI only included a D-SUB cable, which means you have to fork out around £25 for a DVI one, but there is an audio cable to hook up the rather weak and tinny speakers to the jack on the right side of the base. Next to this is a bus-powered USB hub with two downstream ports and a headphone socket. The relevant cables are supplied too.

The panel itself is attractively framed by a narrow silver bezel measuring 2.1cm along the top and 2,8cm down the sides, but the overall build quality feels a tad on the flimsy side. We also noticed some pivoting play in the panels hinge.

Feature wise, the A715 is relatively well equipped, but what about image quality? Overall, it turned in an average performance, but it did manage to display a good range of middle tones in our test images. However, the more sensitive colour scales tests were distinctly compressed in the highlight ends where three steps were seen to merge into one block of colour. Furthermore, the overall display looked somewhat washed out, shifting the red purity test closer to the orange range, and dropping the contrast, even when the settings were maximised. Nevertheless, we were quite impressed with the smooth DVD playback and relatively accurate skin tones.

Viewing the A715’s picture from the sides can be done up to an angle of 70 degrees, but vertically there’s a rapid drop in illumination beyond around 50 degrees up or down. When using the analogue D-SUB port, the pixel phase and clock was initially out too, but you do have settings for these and an auto-adjust function to correct the noise and picture position. Under the analogue signal, the A715 still showed colour compression and the overall picture wasn’t as crisp or as vibrant.

A quick trip around the OSD revealed all the typical adjustments you’d expect to find on a TFT panel, along with a colour mode for adjusting the hue and flesh tone. We were a little confused by ADI’s choice of icons that are not very self-explanatory, and rather than state the colour temperature, there are simply two preset modes – one for a ‘cool’ white, and another for a ‘warm’ one. You can however manually adjust the RGB levels independently.

Verdict
ADI has incorporated some good design features into the A715 such as the base mounted ports and dual-purpose stand, but image quality is below par especially when compared to the ViewSonic and LG. For the £370.13 asking price, the absence of a DVI cable is a bit mean too.

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