LCD monitor reviews

A 19” LCD monitor will help you make the most of multimedia computing.
 
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03.Results

What we found

In general, all the monitors in our test performed well and the overall scores were quite close.

  • Similarly, scores for performance and ease of use were close, although there were some exceptions. Our testers had difficulty attaching the base and accessing the menu buttons on the underside of the Hyundai and the LG monitors, but they both scored well in other parts of the tests.
  • All LCD monitors tested were good overall performers.
  • 19” monitors are a good choice for gaming and video editing.
  • Check the manufacturer’s policy regarding dead pixels carefully before purchasing.
  • We haven’t recommended a particular model from our test products. Why? All of the models performed well, so your choice will be based on features such as price, pixel policy and DVI connection as well as performance and ease of use.
  • The decision depends on which criteria you favour. For example, pixel policy is important if you plan to use the monitor for graphics editing, but if you just want a larger screen, then a good overall performer should suit you.
  • When making your choice, consider where and how the monitor will be used as well as price and features.


Other points

  • Ease of use scores didn’t vary by much across all the tested models.
  • Most models in the test include both an analogue and DVI connection.
  • The Acer was the exception and has only an analogue VGA connection.
  • Any monitor with a DVI connection is compatible with current Mac models.
  • The ViewSonic was the only monitor to list system requirements for Mac compatibility.
  • All models had a three-year warranty.
 

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Results tables

Features
Brand/model (in rank order) Price1
($)
Overall
(%)
Performance2
(%)
Ease of use3
(%)
Built in
speakers
DVI
connection
LG L1932P
(www.lge.com.au)
899 81 83 76
Hyundai Imagequest L90D+(b)
(www.hyundaiq.com)
689 79 82 73
BenQ FP91G+
(www.benq.com.au)
599 78 78 78
Acer AL1916S
(www.acer.com.au)
699 77 79 71
Samsung SyncMaster 940B
(www.samsung.com.au)
799 77 76 80
Diamond Digital DV197SB
(www.mitsubishielectric.com.au)
569 76 76 76
ViewSonic VX924
(www.viewsonic.com.au)
899 74 75 71

Table notes

1 Price recommended retail in February 2006.
2 Performance (70% of Overall) a combination of the results of the technical tests (50%) and expert viewing panel (50%). The technical tests evaluate aspects such as picture and colour quality, brightness, contrast, focus, readability and pixel persistence.
3 Ease of use (30%) how easy it is to attach and detach the base; swivel, tilt and height adjustments; stability; button size and placement; driver file installation; menu; viewing angle; user manual.

(b) Model discontinued but may still be in stores.

Specifications4
Brand/model (in rank order) Power consumption ($/year) Brightness (cd/m2) Contrast ratio (x:1) Response time (ms) Zero dead pixel policy Recommended
system
Viewing panel comments
LG L1932P
(www.lge.com.au)
44.96 258 470 4 • (a) Windows 95+ No irregularities or flaws.
Hyundai Imagequest L90D+ (b)
(www.hyundaiq.com)
35.61 218 593 8 Not stated Natural even tones when viewing images.
BenQ FP91G+
(www.benq.com.au)
43.69 252 546 8 • (c) Windows 98+ A little too warm when viewing images; not as sharp as some others when viewing DVD.
Acer AL1916S
(www.acer.com.au)
39.53 249 546 12 Not stated A little too warm, but good definition when viewing images; good skin tones when viewing DVD.
Samsung SyncMaster 940B
(www.samsung.com.au)
41.55 265 587 8 • (d) Windows Me+ Too yellow.
Diamond Digital DV197SB
(www.mitsubishielectric.com.au)
45.01 235 625 8 Windows 95+ A little too warm and too much contrast when viewing images.
ViewSonic VX924
(www.viewsonic.com.au)
50.01 275 750 3 • (e) 90MHz+,Windows
95+ Power PC G3+, OS 8.6-9.2
Washed out when viewing images and DVD; not good for viewing documents.

Table notes

4 Specifications

  • Power consumption how much it would cost to run the monitor for a year with the power on.
  • Brightness average maximum brightness measured.
  • Contrast ratio the measured ratio.
  • Response time provided by the manufacturer.

(a) Limited to first 14 days
(b) Model discontinued but may still be in stores
(c) Limited to first 7 days
(d) Limited to three years
(e) Limited to first 90 days