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== Review: CEI A1962 14 inch Monitor By: Jason Compton ==
What does one do when the 1950 goes on the blink?
Well, if you're lucky enough to have a 3000, you can always settle for a
VGA monitor...it'll work. But if you've also got an AGA machine (and I
have a CD32) you want something a bit more friendly...on the other hand, if
you're a 24-bit board user, you may want something with a bit more range to
Electrohome came up with a monitor to solve this problem, and CEI
commissioned their own line of them. (Well, it's just CEI's sticker on an
Electrohome monitor, but the outcome is the same.) Enter the A1962.
In essence, it's intended to be a direct 1960 replacement. It offers the
all-important 15khz range, and will scan up to some of the more impressive
modes (which, for lack of a 24-bit board in my current arsenal, I'm unable
So, what's to say? Picture quality is crisper than I'm used to on the
1950, although I found that I had to play with the contrast and brightness
a bit to get away from the "default" settings, which strike me as far too
dark. Scan-changes snap very quickly and with an audible click from the
monitor. HAM8 pictures look lovely, and regular operation is comfortable
to look at.
I was a bit disoriented at first by the monitor, as its tube curvature
seems more extreme than the 1950, but it actually seems to have less glare.
While vertical size and horizontal position knobs exist, there is no
vertical position or horizontal size, which is a bit upsetting. (You would
think that if a 1950 has it, a newer, better monitor would...) The monitor
cable itself is somewhat shorter than the 1950's, which isn't a problem for
my 3000, but is a slight inconvenience for my CD32/SX-1, residing a few
feet away. It still connects...barely.
Probably the weirdest thing about the monitor is that it comes, standard,
as a power lead designed to plug into the out-port on power supplies.
Neat, but they don't include a cable if you happen to have, say, a 3000 and
don't have that beefy of a power supply, in which case you have to dig a
The relatively few brands and numbers of monitors of this type have lead
them all to be rather expensive, and the A1962, which comes in around
US$500, is no exception. If you've gotta have it, you've gotta have it,
but I'm also inclined to try to hang onto my fading 1950 for as long as I
can before dropping more money than it takes to buy two CD32s these days...
The upshot: A good monitor for the job it's intended for. Shame about the
price, though, as with the rest of its kind these days.
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