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Good Monitor For Vision Impaired?

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#1 grandpaw7


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Posted 09 April 2006 - 12:13 PM

My eyesight is going the way of my hearing and my knees, that is, downhill. So I am wanting to get a bigger screen monitor, my current one being a 19". I ran across this used one that looks good to me, but I thought I'd see if anyone has an adverse comment about it for my purpose of aiding my poor vision.

Though this monitor has a very high resolution, I've already determined that I need to use a lower resolution so that the letters and items will be larger on the screen, but I am thinking that since this apparently is a high quality monitor perhaps it will perform better at a low resolution than would a less expensive monitor.

Please assume that it is in good condition and is not very old.

Google shows new ones to cost from $600+ to as much as $1200. I would pay $250.

Any input would be appreciate. Thanks.

It is NEC-Mitsubishi DP2070sb.

These are more specs than you'll want to read, but here they are:

The 22" (20" viewable) Mitsubishi Diamond
Pro 2070SB flat screen CRT monitor featuring the SpectraView Color
Calibration Solution can help you achieve accurate, consistent and
repeatable color performance. This bundled package, which includes a
monitor, calibrator, reattachable hood, easy-to-use software and
USB-to-DDC/CI-enabled cable, measures color at 5 measurements per
- Product Type: Flat CRT

Technical Information
- Actual Screen Size: 22"
- Viewable Screen Size: 20"
- Screen Surface: Multi-layeredAnti-staticTinted
- Dot Pitch: 0.24mm
- Pixel Clock Speed: 390MHz
- Input Signal: RGB (Analog)
- Monitor Response Time: Not Applicable
- Platform Support: PCMac

Display & Graphics
- Resolution: 2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz Maximum Resolution1600 x 1200 @
85Hz Recommended Resolution
- Graphics Preset Modes: 1280 x 1024 @ 50Hz to 127Hz1600 x 1200 @
50Hz to 109Hz1800 x 1350 @ 50Hz to 98Hz1856 x 1392 @ 50Hz to
95Hz1920 x 1440 @ 50Hz to 92Hz2048 x 1536 @ 50Hz to 86Hz1800 x
1440 @ 50Hz to 92Hz640 x 480 @ 50Hz to 160Hz800 x 600 @ 50Hz to
160Hz1024 x 768 @ 50Hz to 160Hz
- Color Support: Unlimited Colors
- Scanning Frequencies: 30 kHzto 140 kHz Horizontal50 Hzto 160 Hz

- Front Panel Controls: ExitLeft/RightAdjust SelectReset Switch

- Interfaces: 2 x 15-pin D-Sub
- Ports: 5 x USB

Built-in Devices
- Other Devices: USB Hub - With one up stream and four down stream

Power Description
- Input Voltage: 100 V ACto 120 V AC220 V ACto 240 V AC
- Input Current: 1.5A @ 100 V ACto 120 V AC0.7A @ 220 V ACto 240 V AC
- Frequency: 50 Hzto 60 Hz
- Power Consumption: 120W Operating<3W Off

Environmental Conditions
- Temperature: 5 C (41 F) to 35 C (95 F) Operating-20 C (-4 F)
to 60 C (140 F) Storage
- Humidity: 10 to 90% Operating10 to 90% Storage
- Altitude: 0 ft to 10000 ft Operating0 ft to 50000 ft Storage

Physical Characteristics
- Color: Black
- Dimensions: 19.1" Height x 19.5" Width x 18.5" Depth
- Shipping Dimensions: 24.5" Height x 24.2" Width x 23.4" Depth
- Weight: 65.7 lb
- Shipping Weight: 77.2 lb

- Package Contents: - Diamond Pro 2070 SB with tilt/swivel base
- Power Cord
- Signal Cable (D-Sub to D-Sub)
- USB Cable
- User's Manual
- Additional Information: Additional Features:
- U-NX gun
- SuperBright (picture mode,movie mode)
- Dual inputs
- On-screen controls
- OptiClear
- GlobalSync
- Plug 'n Play protocol (DDC2Bi,DDC/CI)
- 6 languages
- Factory reset
- Sizing and positioning
- Color temperature
- Pincushion
- Tilt
- Rotation
- Trapezoid
- Parallelogram
- Moire cancellation
- Convergence control
- Degauss
- Contrast
- Constant brightness
- Pincushion balance
- Corner purity adjustments
- Focus adjustments
- AccuColor controls

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 12:32 PM

That is actually pretty good.

For the resolution you should try to use the recomended resolution wich would be in this case 1600 x 1200 @ 85Hz.

I see this is a 22inch (20inch viewable) but if your vision get's any worse and you need to go even bigger for 1000+ you can get those nice big 32inch screens... and if you sheel out even more money you can get into those 42 inch giants.

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 01:06 PM

If you are using Win XP you can configure the Accessiblity for Vision.

Start > Control Panel > Accessiblity Options > Configure Windows to work for your vision....

Hope this helps,

//Edit: I almost forgot. If one is using the Firefox browser, one can hold the "Ctrl" key and rotate the mouse wheel to
increase/decrease the size of text on the screen.

Edited by KoanYorel, 09 April 2006 - 01:14 PM.

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#4 grandpaw7

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 07:46 AM

Thanks to Klinkaroo and KoanYorel for your input. I'm studying the various accesssability options Windows has and as soon as I can get someone to help me i'll move that 22 inch monitor from my car to my computer desk to see how that helps. I'm to see an eye doctor today to see if cataract removal might be part of the solution. grandpaw7

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 08:48 AM

Good luck :thumbsup: hope they find a sollution.

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 12:10 PM

Just to beladtedly report that the 22 inch monitor, plus the EasyEyes program for IE6, have pretty much taken care of my problem, along with the ability in Firefox to enlarge with Ctrl+the up and down buttons.

As for the cataracts, two Kaiser HMO doctors claim they are not bad enough to warrant surgery (read: if you don't need a white cane, we don't want to spend the money) So, instead of waiting for cataract removal before getting new glasses, I went ahead with that. First thing the non-Kaiser optometrist said was that if I had the cataracts removed my vison would improve a lot. I'm now looking in to how I can appeal the Kaiser determination. (P.S. Kasier HMO has generally been really good; it has spend tens of thousands of dollars on heart surgeries and knee replacements, and is fixing to do so again on the other knee. But that doesn't help me see those traffic signals any better.)

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 12:35 PM


Thanks for updating us!
Nice to hear that a few of the software modifications do help you.

There is also a freeware program called "Virtual Magnifying Glass"
that might be of use to you.

I can only pray that you get some relief also from the Doctors (alibi Insurance Companies too).

Please don't be a stranger here.

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 02:57 PM

I'm not having problems with cataracts yet, but Diabetes has definitely taken it's toll on my eyes.
Not nearly as good as they used to be. I'm going back to the VA Hosp. next month for my annual eye test.
I know I'll be getting new glasses.

I'm running a 21" Nokia monitor that I got at a computer show for $59.
It's just beautiful, but blinks out on me every hour or so. (just for a fraction of a second though)

The specs you gave for that monitor look real good. If its not worn out, it should make you a good one.
I've just seen so many monitors that were offered real cheap, that had severe 'Burn-In' or picture fade.
I just bought me another monitor last week at the Orlando Computer Show. It's a Sony 19" Trinitron with a black case. I saw it running and it really looks nice. (used, of course) It's still sitting here on the floor next to me. I really hate moving these 21 inch'ers. I dropped one trying to carry it up a flight of six steps. I damaged both me and the monitor. SO, be carefull!

I set up systems for people with vision problems all the time, but sometimes I have to do it on a 17" monitor.
Where larger monitors are just not an option.

Setting your screen resolution to no higher than 800x600 is the place to start. That's required for internet operation.
Then you can set your desktop icon lettering to 9 or 10 point type to make the icon words easier to read.
Set the text boxes for the icons to at least 60 widgets. (48 is standard) It's called "Horizontal Spacing".

Then in any text document (like this screen, for instance) you can hold down your left Ctrl key while you roll your mouse wheel towards you, to increase the text size. It only works for text though....not on a Html doc.

If you don't yet have an optical Wheel mouse.....GET ONE! You'll love it! :thumbsup:

Also, you can make your mouse pointer about 50% larger by going into your control panel and "Mouse" and pick Windows Standard (Large) for your mouse pointer. It will look the same except that it will be larger and easier to find on your screen. My old customers just love it when I do that for them.
I'm 63 and most of my customers are much older than I.

Well, that's all I've got for now,,,
Happy Mother's DAY!

The Shadow :huh:

Edited by The Shadow, 14 May 2006 - 03:02 PM.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 07:49 PM

Thanks KoanYorel and The Shadow for the input. I will try out the virtual magnifying glass and Shadow's suggestions. Things could certainly be worse for me as I really do okay with the standard mouse pointer. Now if they would just make a device that would enlarge traffic light signals. Being color deficient on red and green doesn't help there.

Gee, The Shadow, I hope you can keep that diabetes under some control.

Nice to know you guys. grandpaw7

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