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Prestigio P170T

The monitors of this brand have appeared quite recently and are less known to the users. We have already tested a 19” P190T model (see our roundup called Closer Look at the 19” LCD Monitors Features. Part II), now we’ve got 17” ones.

Prestigio P170T is an unusual device for a brand targeted at the low end of the market. I mean its integrated TV-tuner. There are four video inputs: D-Sub, S-Video, composite and high-frequency TV-input (to attach the antenna). There are also an audio input and headphones output. The DVI interface is missing.

The case doesn’t look too neat both in design and in manufacture quality. The massive bottom makes the whole monitor look a bit bulky. As for manufacture quality, you can see the jagged surface of the shiny metallic buttons, while the LED in the power-on indicator is shifted off the center of its window. Of course, all this makes a negative impression about the product before you even turn it on. The case is not steady enough. This is the first LCD monitor I see that produces a big dark spot in the matrix when you press at the framing (the framing bends and pushes down on the matrix).

The base is a solid thing, although a low-profile one. It only allows adjusting the screen’s tilt. The D-Sub and power connectors are placed in the monitor’s case, while the rest of the connectors are at the back of the base. The TV-tuner I mentioned above is removable. It sits in the base and can be easily extracted: push the plastic bracket into the slot and you transform the P170T into a P170. The monitor comes with an infrared remote control unit for the tuner.

The settings menu is an unpleasant sight with every setting being in its separate submenu. Thus, the R, G and B controls for the temperature setting are three different menu pages. Of course, you can easily switch between them, but that’s not quite right. You have quick access to switching the inputs, controlling the volume and to the auto-adjust feature.

There are three color temperature settings: User (by default, it is 6000K for white and 8630K for gray), Mode1 (7430K and 11740K) and Mode2 (5990K and 8600K). As you see, Mode2 doesn’t differ from the default User setting, while the temperatures of white and gray do differ dramatically.

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