With this article I’m willing to introduce to you a few new models of 20” LCD monitors from different brands. You’ll find here monitors for work and for the home, affordable and not quite, with new widescreen matrixes as well as with the classic aspect ratio of 4:3.
Besides our usual tests, this article features two new sections called Preview and Error Correction. The former is meant for presale samples of monitors that have already been received by our labs, but are not yet polished off by the manufacturer. Such presale samples cannot truly reflect the characteristics or quality of the final product that will soon come out to the market, but I guess you may be interested to learn more information about upcoming products than the standard phrases like “the company showcased such-and-such a monitor at such-and-such an expo and that’s all we know about it” you can get from your newswires.
So when we have a chance to put our hands on such presale samples, we will do so to publish a preview focusing on the monitor’s exterior design, new functions and expected characteristics, yet we won’t test it properly until the release of the final version.
The Error Correction section is about monitors we have tested before, but want to return to once again. For example, the manufacturer has released a new revision of the model that may be free from the drawbacks we found in our earlier tests. We won’t publish a full review of the monitor in this case. We will just remind you what problems the monitor had according to our earlier tests and will check out if the manufacturer has done anything about them.
Visit the following link for a description of our testing methodology and equipment and an explanation of the specified and measured parameters of LCD monitors. The article is called Xbit Labs Presents: LCD Monitors Testing Methodology Indepth. That article is going to help you if you feel overwhelmed by the numbers and terms used in this roundup.