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== Review:CD Solutions' CD1401 Monitor By:Mark De La Gardie ==
CD-1401 14-inch color monitor
14-inch autosync color monitor
Name: CD Solutions
Address: 2551 San Ramon Valley Blvd.,Ste.256
San Ramon, California 94583
President, CD Solutions
Telephone: (510) 820-5400
(510) 820-4115 (FAX)
Suggested retail price is $549.00
SPECIAL HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
This monitor is compatible with any Amiga/CD32 computer.
As with other monitors,the A3000 uses it as is and the AGA
computers require a 15 pin(female)to 23 pin(female)video
adapter. The A2000 needs a flicker fixer/deinterlacer.
MACHINE USED FOR TESTING
12Gauge 50/50 mhz accelerator
8 megs 32bit Ram
2 megs chip Ram
40 meg IDE HD/200 meg ext.SCSI HD
Installing the 15 pin signal cable into the video port is a breeze.
Just be sure you have the power supply turned off on the monitor and the
computer. Failure to do so could result in damage to you and your
equipment. Void warranties and read the owners manual for additional
I've found as of late that the Commodore 1960,1942 series monitors in
new condition are not to be found. My 1960's case was not very well
constructed, but after using the CD-1401, I think I found the perfect
replacement, or upgrade, for a 1084 or similar models.
I happen to live in the same city in which the CD Solutions's office is
located, so I called and arranged an interview with Mr.Millich, the
president of CD Solutions. When I walked into his office, the first
thing I saw was a A1200HD connected to a CD-1401.
After about twenty minutes of talking to Mr.Millich, I came to the
conclusion that he was very knowledgeable in the current events with the
Amiga and that he knew the situation should be wrapping up shortly,
as we all hope.
Mr.Millich talked about his company and its continued support for the
Amiga platform. As we know, others have put things on hold until the
dust settles. Mr.Millich has great faith that the Amiga will continue,
and with support and proper marketing, he expects its user base to
expand. I was suprised to also find out that his company uses A1200's
to perform diagnostic and final acceptance tests on all of the monitors
leaving his manufacturing facility in southern California. After we
chatted for a bit, he agreed to let me use a CD-1404 to test, and write
Mr.Millich enlightened me on the proper handling of a monitor. During
packing, unpacking and transportation, a monitor should never be allowed
to have the screen face upwards. This would allow dust from the screen
to fall down and come to rest on the monitor's other components and
possibly cause damage to it. I learned something I never thought of
before, this is also true with a television. Mr.Millich also works in
sales and engineering.
The first thing I noticed was a very crisp screen display and the lack
of slight jittering my 1960 gave me. The display on the CD1401 is
solid, and less straining on my eyes, extending the time I can spend
using my A1200. I also put the CD-1401 through all the screen modes my
A1200 has and found that the ease of adjusting the borders and lack of
black borders on most modes very appealing, as with my 1960,I have
always had problems getting the adjustments made to my satisfaction.
To be honest I could never get the productivity mode to center correctly
and to be of any use to me with my 1960, with the CD-1401 I made the
adjustments easly and used the productivity mode extensively during my
tests of this monitor, also utilizing the A1200's mode promotion
feature. The edge to edge display capability is a great feature. I ran
demos,games and animations and all the productivity software I have and
was impressed with the monitor's display of everything I used with it.
The monitor is basicly the same size as the 1960,and is simular in
looks. Another appealing feature is that all the manual control knobs
are located under the bottom of the front panel- nicely hidden,but
easily accessable. The swivel base is easly moved and has more of a
upward swing to adjust the screen display angle than the Commodore 1960.
The power switch is a push type, located on the lower right front, with
the power lamp built into it. It lacked the pop-open door the 1960 has,
with the thin adjustment knobs hidden inside. It appears to be very
17 page owners manual and warranty card is inclosed
lack of black borders, edge to edge display, location of manual control
knobs, ease of adjustments.
DISLIKES AND SUGGESTIONS
There is really nothing to dislike about this monitor though a few
people I spoke with stated it would be nice to have composite-video
input, and of course 17 and 20 inch models
COMPARISON TO OTHER SIMILAR PRODUCTS
As I stated in the above review,the CD-1401 is very similar in
appearance to the Commodore 1960, but that's about all. The overall
performance and the monitor specs. are better than the Commodore 1960 in
almost all areas, considering they are priced comparitivly, if you can
even find a new 1960 these days.
none found during my 10 day evaluation period
CD Solutions has a Phone and FAX lines and appear to very conerned about
the Amiga platform. I never needed to call for assistance, but from
earlier conversations I believe if assistance is needed, CD Solutions is
only a Phone call away.
There is a one year warranty.
During my 10 day evaluation period, I really enjoyed using the CD-1401,
and hated to return it back to CD Solutions and Mr.Millich.
When the time comes for the need of a second monitor,or if my 1960 dies,
the CD-1401 would be ideal, and I would recommend it as a monitor to
look into as a replacement or upgrade, in this price range of monitors.
One last point of interest, the CD-1401 is a multi-platform monitor, it
can be used with IBM PC, Mac, and Nec9800 series computers according to
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