As I wrote in one of my earlier reviews dedicated to 27” and 30” monitors, the transition from CRT to LCD technology made monitors with really large screen diagonals available not only in a financial but even in a purely technical sense.
This transition is not limited to the growth of the screen, though. LCD matrixes can also be easily made any size and the specified size of the matrix equals the effective size of the image precisely whereas 21” and 22” CRT monitors didn’t differ much in their effective display area. Both had a specified image size of about 20”. Today, if you buy a 22” LCD monitor, it is really one inch larger than a 21” LCD monitor.
This roundup is all about 22” LCD monitors that have hit the shops but recently. A couple of years ago this diagonal just didn’t exist although 23” and larger monitors were already available and even enjoyed some popularity (making allowances for their high price). Thus, the arrival of 22-inchers is not another stage of progress but an occupation of a market niche previously unattended to.
Unfortunately, the reason for the introduction of such models has determined the range of technical solutions employed in them. These are inexpensive home/office monitors with TN matrixes meant for processing text, playing games, and watching movies.
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.