Hardware Office Design

The ExorVision ET7V76ATM Monitor

I am learning to enjoy one of life’s unexpected pleasures. That is having children who grow up and develop useful skills I can actually take advantage of.

For example, my son Andrew has several college degrees in communications, media, writing and now is studying computer science. That means he can do things for me that are waaaay better than mowing the lawn or babysitting; he can write technology reviews.

Following is a review of a monitor designed specifically for dental office use. I think it is well written and fun to read. On the other hand I am the father of the author and admit to a potential bias, so read it and decide for yourself.

The ExorVision ET7V76ATM Monitor

For a dental office, the big selling points of ExorVision’s monitors are that they are power-efficient and treatment-room proof. One of these traits help you keep costs down, and the other ensures that your team can still enjoy water fights with reckless abandon. But does it work as advertised? One hapless ExorVision monitor spent the weekend with this clumsy computer science student and found out. Here’s what happened:

Test 1) The Oafish, accidentally-dropped-it test:

Sometimes the best stress tests are the ones you don’t plan for. Upon fetching the monitor from my storage room, I promptly dropped it on its face. It is not advisable that you try to duplicate this one yourself, but unlike every other LCD monitor I have ever encountered, a hefty blow to the face did not produce any dead pixels later. This is probably a happy side-effect of the monitor’s water-sealed front.

ExorVision: 1

Computer Science Student: 0

Test 2) The Does-it -actually-work test:

The monitor has about every conceivable connection port on the back, though perhaps worth mentioning is that for each connection type, there is only one port. So you can hook this thing up to a computer, a digital camera, an old VCR, and a TV cable all at once if you want, but connecting it to two computers will take a bit more ingenuity on your part. For most people, this is a non-issue.

I connected the device to my laptop, which can run in both Windows and Linux, and both operating systems found the monitor immediately. The only minor gripe in this process was that the monitor, in an effort to save power, will turn off completely after 30-seconds of no input, so when I was first fidgeting around with it, it kept turning off. I would say this feature still does more good than evil.

I did some work with both screens. I’m developing an application that goes into full screen mode and without much effort I was debugging on one screen and watching the application do its thing on the other. No complaints.

ExorVision: 2

Computer Science Student: 0

Test 3) The Drink-in-the-face test:

Next up, I gave the monitor my best, “Well, I never …”, gasped, and promptly tossed a glass of water in its face. The manual is nice enough to point out that you should not let water sneak into the vents in the back, but I will say this piece of hardware took having water splashed on it much better than I ever would. After getting toweled off, the plucky monitor was awarded another point.

ExorVision: 3

Computer Science Student: 0

Test 4) Features!

The monitor comes with a remote control, and I will say that for your average person, the remote provides a much nicer interface for adjusting the screen’s properties than the usual fiddle-and-pray that goes on when you start pressing those cryptic buttons at the bottom of the screen. Of course, the average person is also prone to eventually lose said remote control in the couch, (And when that happens, there are still the cryptic nonsense buttons on the below the screen for you to mess with).

In an office/treatment room setting, depending on how you are using the monitor and what applications your office uses, the remote can go from handy novelty to Most Valuable Feature.

In the end, adjusting brightness and contrast has been this pleasant since I was 5 years-old and messing with my parent’s television.

ExorVision: 4

Computer Science Student: 0

In addition to being exactly what it says it is, this ExorVision monitor, is also fairly light, does not take up much space and easily swivels in every direction, making it ideal for multipurpose settings. It comes highly recommended.

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