Just months after introducing its first XP17 display with 16 ms refresh time, company is ready with a refreshed version of the product, this time offering a claimed 8ms response time. Faster refresh time will help when playing games but even the old one with 16 ms was good enough for me while playing games including Doom 3, Far Cry and Half Life 2.
The XP17 V2 includes Shuttle's 6bitFRC panel LCD supporting a claimed 16.2 million hues. It's made with second generation tempered glass. Like its predecessor it supports 1280x1024 native resolution at 60Hz. This time we tested the silver version of the display while it's available in black and there are some versions made of plastic as well. .
The essential package remainss the same - a very well designed retail box is hiding a DVI cable, VGA cable, AC power cord and a thick manual.
I strongly suggest checking its predecessor's review, here
You can rotate this display 90 degrees counter clock wise and have an A4 display and this looks really cool. All you have to do is to rotate the aluminium frame and that's it. You need a graphic card that supports it but most of Nvidia and ATI cards do.
I focused on games and I was not disappointed this time. I haven't experienced any significant difference compared to playing on a CRT. The only difference with this display is that silver colour will actually reflect the environment and Shuttle made a metal plate that will remind you that you own 8mb response display. This probably won't affect your game play.
For office business I don't have any single complain and it's great even to watch DVDs on this screen. I will repeat my words when I said that this display has razor edge sharp picture quality and will also be good for watching the movies and playing games.
It won't be cheap but you have to pay for the design I guess. It will look good paired with Shuttle XPCs, so if you have one and are not afraid to spend a few more bucks this might be a good answer. If you are into design I have to say that this display will look great in your house or office.
We liked the XP17 and we indeed like the XP17 V2 and apart from the price we cannot find any single thing to object to. µ
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