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April 24, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Envision LCD monitor

Monitor Paul Schreiber points out:

This Envision LCD monitor pivots from portrait to landscape. However, it has storage cups on the side so when you pivot it, all your stuff in the cup holders falls out, unless you take the time to remove everything from the cup holders every time you switch the monitor orientation.


Why let us click on the picture to make it larger,

If clicking on the picture links to a picture of the exact same size?

Posted by: Jim King at April 24, 2006 12:12 AM

Jim King -

Check it out. The thumbnail is LARGER than the photo.

Bizarre stuff.

But...why does a monitor need cup holders anyway?

Posted by: =David at April 24, 2006 12:17 AM

Sorry David, but the photos are the same size; it just looks smaller because it has next ot nothing around it.

Posted by: Mnok at April 24, 2006 12:26 AM

BrOkEn! This site is broken! lol

the thumbnail is the same size as the picture of the broken monitor!

Posted by: NCeJ at April 24, 2006 02:46 AM

lol all u guys are broken 2 cuz weve alredy discused this.

In all seriousness, though, if you've got a monitor, you've got a desk, and if you've got a desk, chances are, you can put a cup on it. Cupholders on a monitor seems extremely gimmicky to me. And yeah, the whole rotating with cupholders thing does seem broken...

Posted by: JelloB at April 24, 2006 03:45 AM

And before somebody says something about it, yeah, they're not CUP holders, they just hold stuffs like pens and pencils. *is stupid*

Still broken, though.

Posted by: Jello B. at April 24, 2006 03:47 AM

Definitely a case of poorly thought out features. I'm not sure how useful cupholders or pen storage would be on a monitor, but it certainly doesn't play well with the re-orientation feature.

Posted by: Carlos Gomez at April 24, 2006 09:28 AM

Check out:


for mildly larger images. They're not for liquid cups as I originally thought, so it's nto quite as stupid, but still gimmicky. And yeah, it's dumb to rotate it with stuff in the cups... I guarantee this was a marketing decision rather than an engineer's idea.

Posted by: Grey Hodge at April 24, 2006 11:03 AM

I suppose it depends on how often one changes the orientation of the monitor as to how "broken" this is.

Posted by: Steve at April 24, 2006 11:19 AM

LCD monitor: $350

LCD monitor with freakin' pen cups: $699.99

Full size images same or smaller size than thumbnails: Priceless

Posted by: Who Freakin' Cares? at April 24, 2006 11:46 AM

Now that we've spent years teaching people not to use their CD-ROM drives as cup holders, we're gonna start building them into the monitors.

I'm sorry Paula Abdul, we never quite took those two steps forward before taking two steps back.

Posted by: Manni at April 24, 2006 12:48 PM

Maybe they are handles to turn the monitor.

Posted by: JAC at April 24, 2006 12:54 PM

I'll probably regret this, but in my mind the whole concept of rotating moniter with pencil holders seems like a realativly useless and broken product.

Posted by: BannanaSam at April 24, 2006 01:05 PM

This was definitely a group brainfart in Envision product development. The pivoting monitor feature is cool, and I guess attaching cupholders might be OK, too, but the two together is pretty ridiculous. Reminds me of that commercial a few years ago where the guy's sitting at the breakfast table, reading the paper and drinking his coffee. He rotates his wrist to check his watch and promptly pours the coffee into his lap. The price difference according to CNET between cupholder and sans-cupholder pivoting models is $30, so I think I'll put up with the enormous hassle of keeping my pen on top of the function keys.

Posted by: Ron Mexico at April 24, 2006 02:38 PM

Not only that, but this monitor has TWO cupholders. Most monitors, if not all, are only used by one person at a time, so why would one person really need to hold 2 drinks at the same time? And even then, why hang them on the side of a monitor? This is 'feature bloat'.

Posted by: Danny Crane at April 24, 2006 04:09 PM

Danny, I think we already established that the holders aren't for drinks (they're too small), but for pens, etc.

Though, the image/link in Grey Hodge's post does show a flower in the holder. Which means someone will decide to put water in it to keep their flowers alive, then swivel the monitor, dump the water onto the keyboard, short the system, start a fire, burn the house down, sue the manufacturer, etc.

Combining the holders with the swivel feature is pretty bone-headed and broken. I'm surprised no one here's claiming it's photo-shopped, or not broken.

Posted by: KarmaBaby at April 24, 2006 04:38 PM

no no no no NO! You've got it all wrong! You're supposed to pivot your desk, not the monitor! ;)

Posted by: Wendy at April 24, 2006 04:51 PM

Sorry, it looked smaller to me...

But this brings up the interesting point...why does the monitor need to rotate to portrait orientation anyway? I don't know of any usage I'd have for a monitor in Portrait orientation, except perhaps as 1/2 of a display that consisted of two monitors pushed together...maybe someone could fill me in.

By the way, folks? Read the previous posts. The cups aren't drink cups. They're pen cups.

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Posted by: =David at April 24, 2006 04:58 PM

Hey =David,

Chill out man.

Posted by: Chilli Pepper at April 24, 2006 08:31 PM

The only *possible* things I could think of are for some FPS games and movie-watching. But if that's what you'll use it for, why do you need both portrait and landscape?

Posted by: Mnok at April 24, 2006 09:25 PM


Apparently, you haven't been here very long...

Posted by: =David at April 25, 2006 01:10 AM

Yeah, Chilli, if you'd been here longer, you would know that David owns this board.

Posted by: The Queen of England at April 25, 2006 11:59 AM

"Which means someone will decide to put water in it to keep their flowers alive, then swivel the monitor, dump the water onto the keyboard, short the system, start a fire, burn the house down, sue the manufacturer, etc."

Which means the company will put a warning label on it, someone will take a picture of it, post it on here, call it not broken, call someone stupid, etc.

Posted by: JAC at April 25, 2006 01:24 PM

Hey, I'm Danny Crane!

Posted by: Danny Crane at April 25, 2006 03:30 PM

Obviously the person who commented about flipping it with water in the cup and having water get into the keyboard and shorting the system wasn't thinking when they brought up that piece of Humor.. Try pouring any liquid in the keyboard.. you aren't very likely to short anything and start a fire.... maybe just kill the keyboard if it isn't water.. acid might eat away at the keyboard and render it unusable but not cause a fire..

Posted by: infinity306 at April 25, 2006 06:22 PM

ya'll mean to tell me that them there thangs ain't spittoons?

Posted by: Hightechredneck at April 25, 2006 06:41 PM

How can all you guys miss this?? The holders are to contain an optional set of external speakers which you click in there. Hence there are 2 of them. The operative word being "click", as they snap on and are thus set, i.e. they do not fall out when the unit is swiveled this way and that.

Not gimmicky, not broken.

Posted by: Bryan at April 25, 2006 07:20 PM

Who shits so close to the monitor to putn your cup there? broken in the first place

Posted by: no one at April 28, 2006 01:12 PM

whoops... sits, not shits, haha

Posted by: no one at April 29, 2006 04:50 PM

ok, what if you clip these "holders" on AFTER you set your orientation? still kinda stupid, its the vw beetle flower vase accessory copy.

Posted by: product strategist at May 2, 2006 03:33 AM

Broken: Monitors with cupholders. Our society is far too commercial.. even the computers are accomplices to the "supersize me" mindset.

Posted by: JadeArchitect at May 2, 2006 09:25 PM

Duh Bryan, if you swivel the monitor, then your stereo-speakers would be up/down oriented!

How's that for being broken!

Posted by: Blip at May 10, 2006 09:49 AM

Its like the new imacs that dump CDs out the side so they roll off your desk and down the hallway.

That shit is broken.

Posted by: Wu Jie-yin at May 11, 2006 06:02 AM

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