On Tue, 30 Apr 2002, Richard Erlacher wrote:
Well, I went out and bought a Performa630CD just about
like those that I gave
away earlier. This one didn't have the printer and monitor with it, but it
only cost $4 and it shows that this monitor does work, sort-of, but it's a
mite dim. When I adjust the brightness upward, it goes up for a moment, then
suddenly there's considerable pincushioning and the vertical dimension goes
down a mite, say 10%. When I adjust the pincushion, the pincushion goes away
immediately, though I've not adjusted anything, and the image size goes back
to what it was, but it's dim again. The brightness control is on the face of
the monitor, while the pincusion is adjusted in software. It's getting pretty
highly integrated when the monitor is adjusted by the computer. I've got to
say, I'm impressed with that little touch.
The Apple folks have had better "human
engineering" than anybody else has,
over the years since the MAC's came out, but this is just about the extreme!
I agree. From a usability standpoint, the 1710AV was light-years
ahead of the rest of the market. Unfortunately, however...
...it had terrible QC problems. It's a tossup which was the less reliable
product: the 1710AV, or the PowerBook 5300. Check out some of the
you-had-to-be-there rants about this monitor in Google Groups