There is the same problem with writing the conclusion to this review as with most of our other reviews of 19-inch LCD monitors: it is very hard to name a single leader among the tested models as each of them has this or that downside. However, I would like to mention three models that left the most positive impression on me.
First of all, it is the SyncMaster 943N from Samsung. Representing the new series with a classic exterior design that had come to replace the 940 series, this monitor proved to be nice to the eye and easy to use. It will be appropriate at home as well as in the office. Of course, home users are generally more demanding, but some people are limited in their PC budget. For demanding users, Samsung’s new series includes more functional models we are going to review in one of our upcoming reports.
Next I would want to note the ASUS VW198S. It features an increased native resolution of 1680x1050 pixels whereas the other models with an aspect ratio of 16:10 have a native resolution of 1440x900. This monitor has a very small pixel pitch as the consequence, which may be appreciated by some users.
And finally, ASUS’s VW195U model is quite a good product, too. It is the only monitor in this review to have a fast matrix with response time compensation. And it costs about the same money as its slower opponents.
Alas, a couple of monitors can get only negative reports from me. One is the LG Flatron W1942T which combines a lot of drawbacks while offering not a single advantage. The other is the ViewSonic VA916 which has high brightness uniformity.
As for the other tested monitors, each of them combines both good and bad points but can generally be described as “yet another inexpensive 19-inch monitor.” Their low price and the lack of serious defects are the factors in their favor but they will make no bestsellers, of course.