Xerox XL755i review

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Xerox’s XL755i monitor may have humble specifications – it’s a 1,024 x 768-pixel 15in display – but unlike most low-cost displays it isn’t set within a plastic bezel. Instead, there’s a single sheet of glass covering the front, creating a strong and seamless surface with a stylish look. A pure glass surface doesn’t diffuse light to the same extent as a normal TFT screen: an anti-glare coating combats this. The downside is that reflections are still stronger than with a standard screen.

Xerox XL755i review

When in use, the image largely overpowers reflections, but the deep purplish border around the edges still reflects strongly and this can be distracting. However, the biggest problem is that the whole surface is a magnet for fingerprints, which show up with irritating clarity every time you mistakenly grab an edge to adjust the tilt angle.

The stand is a simple affair with an elliptical base and a fixed upright arm. There’s no height or swivel adjustment, only tilt adjustment where the arm meets the screen, although it’s easy to swivel the whole 3.5kg unit. On the plus side, it does benefit from a compact footprint, so can be deployed in a very small space.

The DVI-I and power connectors are tucked up in the nook where the stand attaches to the back of the display, and this makes it awkward to insert and remove cables. To save space, Xerox has fitted a single DVI-I port that handles both digital and analog input, supplying a separate cable for each application. At minimum tilt, the support arm bottoms out on the video cable’s plug. This isn’t a problem, but it does highlight some clumsy design.

Fortunately, video performance is better. There’s limited adjustment range for brightness and contrast, but it isn’t difficult to set a clear image in normal lighting conditions. Colour performance is excellent. It was smooth when showing DisplayMate’s greyscale and colour ramps across 256 levels of intensity, partly helped by the small 15in diagonal. It did lack separation at the bright end of the scale, though. Colours generated at the ‘natural’ colour temperature setting were pure, and it’s good at displaying difficult colour combinations, such as yellow text on a white background.

The only mar on the XL755i’s score card is the reflective, fingerprint-prone surround, but it’s otherwise attractive and affordable, with good colour performance and an impressive warranty.

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