You cannot expect to find stunning technological novelties in today’s 19-inch monitors. This product category is considered inexpensive and suitable for low-end home and office computers. More and more users get interested in larger monitors and larger display resolutions. Widescreen 22-inch and 24-inch models are getting popular, and HD video content at resolutions up to 1920x1080 pixels is widespread.
Anyway, the manufacturers do not completely forget about those users who cannot afford a large monitor or just have no room for it on their desks. They introduce new models, even though most of them are simple products with TN matrixes and without response time compensation. But occasionally you can still come across an interesting 19-inch monitor that has special design or technical features. For example, you will see a new PVA-based model in this review.
Use the following link for a description of our testing methodology and the equipment we use, and for a brief explanation of what the specified and tested parameters of LCD monitors mean: X-bit Labs Presents: LCD Monitors Testing Methodology In Depth. If you feel overwhelmed with the numbers and terms this article abounds in, check out an appropriate section of the mentioned article for an explanation.
Our toolbox has changed somewhat as we have replaced our old ColorVision Spyder Pro calibrator with a Spyder 3 Elite. This newer model ensures more accurate measurement of the level of black. As a result, we can now measure the contrast ratio with more precision. So, don’t be surprised to see that the contrast ratio is now suddenly higher in our tests. It is not the result of a technical breakthrough. It is just that our measurement precision has improved.
Besides that, when we are talking about a monitor’s setup quality, we will not only show you a table with the values of color temperature for different levels of gray, but also put the corresponding dots down on a CIE diagram. The black line in this diagram denotes the colors the eye perceives as white. If a dot does not lie on the line, it means that the monitor produces an unwanted tincture of green or pink.
You can also check out the Monitors section of our site if this review doesn’t cover the model you are interested in.