Recommended Monitor for Corporate America
The 19” KDS AV-195TF with a Sony Trinitron tube for $405. At this price, what corporation will ever buy a 17” monitor again?
October 9, 2000
by Eric Svetcov
Around two months ago I was searching for a good, inexpensive 19” monitor for my company. I looked at the well known monitors from Sony, Viewsonic, Mitsubishi and others. I even purchased some of those monitors. Then I came across the KDS AV-195TF and was struck by two things. First, the tube in this monitor was a Sony tube. Then I looked at the price and I knew I had to have one.
The KDS AV-195TF has an Estimated Street Price according to the manufacturer of $499, but can be found at Bay Area Micro (aka ComputerHQ.com) for $405 or at Cyberian Outpost for $469.95 including overnight shipping and tax (Note: the computerhq.com price is typically less; however, if the shipping charge is particularly high or if you need this monitor right away, consider using outpost.com). This is less than any other 19” Trinitron or DiamondTron based monitor and is less than many Shadow Mask type tubes.
What’s good about this monitor:
What’s not so good:
I have now purchased seven of these monitors and have recommended this monitor to other people during this testing period who have responded very favorably. I am a big fan of the Trinitron tube because of the clarity and the overall uniform appearance throughout the entire viewable screen area.
I believe this is an excellent companion monitor to the Basic Corporate System and as the low-end option to the Power-user Corporate Desktop. At this price, I don’t believe there is any reason to buy a 17” monitor again.