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.
- 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.
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.
|Brand/model (in rank order)
|| Power consumption
|| Brightness (cd/m2)
|| Contrast ratio
|| Response time
|| Zero dead pixel
| Viewing panel
||No irregularities or flaws.
|Hyundai Imagequest L90D+ (b)
||Natural even tones when viewing images.
||A little too warm when viewing images;
not as sharp as some others when viewing DVD.
||A little too warm, but good definition
when viewing images; good skin tones when viewing DVD.
|Samsung SyncMaster 940B
|Diamond Digital DV197SB
||A little too warm and too much contrast
when viewing images.
95+ Power PC G3+, OS 8.6-9.2
|Washed out when viewing images and DVD;
not good for viewing documents.
- 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