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  Gateway Vivitron 17 inch 8/10. Date Posted 02/06/2002.

This CRT is my primary monitor. Made by Gateway, it is now several years old, and relies on Vivitron technology. This is essentially a version of the Trinitron system made by Sony. You can identify a Trinitron monitor, by two thin horizontal lines which go across the screen one third and two thirds the way down the display. These are required to system an element of the display. The payback you get for having these thin lines is a decent display. The text here is reasonably sharp, and it runs well at 1024x768 at 75Hz refresh rate. I prefer to run it slightly dark, since I find this monitor does not handle brightness too well, and you end up losing detail.

Plumping for this monitor cost around 100 pounds at the time, and I think it was well worth it. Compared to the standard Gateway monitors of the time, the image is far clearer and is much easier on the eyes. In addition the screen is virtually flat, exhibiting only a slight curve. The monitor is also Energy Star compliant, so it is cheaper to run since it wastes less electricity.