Summing up this test session I’d like to single out the winners and losers as usual.
There is in fact only one clear loser today. It is the LG Flatron L245WP. This monitor might have got a better word from me if it were not for one serious defect. Its regulation of brightness proved to be virtually unusable. When you choose a brightness value other than the factory setting, you lose either dark or light halftones. This monitor proved rather inconvenient at work and also had a low contrast ratio as its lamps worked at their full capacity all the time.
I had expected to see the Acer AL2416Ws among the losers, but this monitor proved to have good parameters despite all its limitations. On the other hand, it costs just a little cheaper than the more serious models that have digital input and more functional stands, so I wouldn’t recommend it to you.
The Apple Cinema HD, Samsung 244T and Dell 2407WFP have done well in my tests. Each of them is going to find its customer and make a good buy. These monitors have their drawbacks, of course, but they are not as terrible as to outweigh their indisputable advantages.
The Samsung SyncMaster 245B is the first 24” monitor with a TN matrix to have been tested in our labs. Although its setup quality is rather high, I advise you to think again if the narrow viewing angles won’t be a problem for you when you buy a large monitor with a TN matrix. You should keep it mind that the specified 160 degrees are arrived at under rather specific conditions. In practice, it takes a much smaller deflection of your head to see a strong distortion o the image.
The Samsung SyncMaster 245T, on the contrary, leaves no place for doubt. It is a good modern monitor with all the necessary inputs. It is a convenient work tool featuring a new technology for the reduction of blurring in dynamic images.
And finally, the ViewSonic VP2330wb left no impression on me, positive or otherwise. It is an average product with average parameters and without critical defects. There is nothing exceptional about it.