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Becoming more affordable (the average retail price of junior 20” models has already decreased to $700), large LCD monitors have not only brought quantitative changes in the screen size but also qualitative ones in the monitor parameters. By “large” monitors I mean models with 20 inches and more in diagonal. You cannot find monitors with 1600x1200 resolution among 17” and 19” models (a few such models were released but didn’t become popular), and you cannot find such fast matrixes among them, either. The 16ms S-IPS matrixes currently being produced exclusively for 20” monitors can challenge even 8ms TN+Film panels in terms of real speed and are head above them in terms of viewing angles and color reproduction.

Thus, 20” monitors on fast S-IPS matrixes, like the above-described Acer AL2021 and NEC LCD2070NX, are an excellent choice for both home and office use.

The 21” Samsung SyncMaster 213T is an interesting option, too, but largely because of its very low price. This is an out-dated monitor in characteristics. Its PVA matrix is rather slow, so it will suit well for working with text or vector graphics, but S-IPS matrixes are better for games and work with color. I am expecting that Samsung will soon replace the 213T with new and better monitor models.

The Mitsubishi UX21LCD is mostly interesting as a very high quality product for working with color. Its price and characteristics are in between professional series like EIZO ColorEdge and NEC SpectraView and “household” monitors. It features an excellent setup and extended functionality, including user calibration opportunities (unfortunately, it is manual rather than hardware calibration). Besides that, this monitor can be employed in medical establishments because it supports the DICOM compensation curve.

Last but not least, the EIZO ColorEdge CG21 is an LCD monitor of a highest class for professional work with color. The functionality of this model is astonishing: color control using six coordinates instead of the ordinary three, hardware calibration, and accurate setup of gamma compensation, white balance and other parameters of the image. In fact, I put this model into this review not to compare it to the other monitors in brightness, contrast ratio or response time, but to describe the setup and calibration options it offers. It is these options that define this monitor as a highest-class product.

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