The front bezel of the display is very
minimalist in design and sparsely populated with small buttons. The
monitor controls are worked by small touch sensitive buttons aligned in
a row, seven across. This type of switch takes a second or
so to get used to, but is otherwise easy to use
and as it is solid state poses little possibility of breakage.
The only limitations arise if you wear gloves or use a prosthetic
device. The power button functions like a normal button, but other switches
wouldn't respond. The remote control could be used in those situations
without any problems as it uses basic buttons for its interface.
The four small buttons on the left are;
PC, PIP, Video, Audio. The three buttons on the right are;
Menu, Exit and Auto. The central button is for power (back lit
green or orange depending on status) and the four little arrow
buttons around it are for navigating the on screen menus.
It is all pretty standard stuff these days, the 'auto adjust button is a
one touch solution to reset the LCD display properly, and the first three
buttons allow quick indexing between the different inputs the 171MP
The integrated speakers are about 2" in diameter and support stereo and "3D
virtual" sound. The sound quality is a bit tiny, but very loud
in volume and suitable for both Television and video playback.
A head phone jack is mounted on the left hand side for personal use and we
think this is a really great feature. The headphone jack picks all the audio
channels leaving you free to switch between television, MP3's, or a movie. The
sound quality is quite good, and we didn't notice any interference or static
which can sometimes be the case if the audio jack is near a displays power