The Good Two LCD panels make for an exceptionally wide viewing area.
The Bad Limited adjustability; requires a graphics card with two analog connections; few extra features; mediocre image quality.
The Bottom Line With twice the screen real estate, the DS-1500 will charm multitaskers, but demanding users are better off with two higher-quality LCDs.
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The DS-1500 DoubleSight Dual Panel LCD panel could well be called Double Take. Comprised of two compatible 15-inch LCD panels, the DS-1500 has a very wide viewing area with a maximum resolution of 2,048×768, perfect for jokes from spreadsheets, stockists, writers, online shoppers or anyone else who works with multiple programs or windows at the same time. While you can improve image quality and more features (at about the same price) with two IBM ThinkVision L150p side by side, we think the DoubleSight DS-1500 demonstrates the significant potential of a multi-panel display – that two heads are really better than one – and we expect to see more of them in the future.
The total DoubleSight DS-1500 ° visibility is 24 inches wide and 9 inches high. The screens are surrounded on three sides by 1-inch, matt, silver color, plastic sheath; the frame on the bottom edge is slightly wider. Most notably, the panels are separated by a 1-inch-thick black-plastic strip, which at first seems like a visual obstacle, like a pillar in Fenway Park. However, our eyes quickly adapted to this, and this did not significantly impair our experience. The DS-1500 can be used as one wide display spread over two screens or as two separate displays. After opening the application window, you can simply drag it from one screen to another.
The DS-1500 sits on a fairly solid aluminum claw-like leg. Despite its unjustified width-to-height ratio, the monitor has a remarkable range of motion. It can be tilted slightly back and forth by 20 degrees; it rotates 45 degrees to the right and left and can be mounted on a wall, which may come in handy because as high as just 16 inches, this display is definitely height-raising. Even middle-aged people may need to have a riser underneath.
The DoubleSight DS-1500 is an unusual monitor, and it has some unusual system requirements to match–namely, your computerÃ‚’s graphics card must have two analog outputs. If you have one analog and one digital port, youÃ‚’ll need to buy a DVI-VGA connector (for about $12). ItÃ‚’s more likely, however, that your computerÃ‚’s card has just one analog port, so you’ll need a new card to use the DS-1500 (DoubleSightÃ‚’s Web site lists &siteid=7&edid=&lop=txt&destcat=ex&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Edoublesight%2Ecom%2Ffaq%2Findex%2Ephp%3F” target=”_blank”>compatible cards).
The DS-1500 received average points in CNET Labe performance tests. The text looked clear and legible, but the black ones weren’t particularly deep. The colors looked average. Although quite acceptable for everyday business use, the color gradients and overall lack of brightness limit the use of the DS-1500Ã for precise tasks. As a result, we cannot recommend the DoubleSight DS-1500 for graphic designers, gamers, video addicts, or photo editors.
DoubleSight covers the DS-1500 with a standard one-year warranty; the company will extend the warranty for six months free of charge if you complete your product registration and a three-year long warranty. Free technical support is provided for the duration of the warranty; it is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. PT.
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