We had mostly low-end and mainstream models in this article with an expected outcome – there’re no exceptional products among the reviewed samples.
The models from Acer were a bit disappointing. The AL1715 proved to be an improved AL1713, i.e. a rather good office monitor, but the AL1713m with a beautiful aluminum case couldn’t show its best – its contrast ratio is lower than that of a majority of competitors. However, this is mostly noticeable in full dark, and, considering the use of so bright LEDs, the manufacturer doesn’t intend these monitors for working in dark. The widescreen AL1751W is a good representative of its class, but its main problem is in the limitedness of this very class: in fact, it is only good for watching movies. Its matrix is too slow for games and too bright and low-contrast for work (it’s a common truth that MVA matrixes provide a good contrast ratio, but it is not always so in reality).
Also among inexpensive models, the products from BenQ deserve some attention, especially the FP747 model, which combines a low price with good characteristics and original design, remarkable against the common uniformity of low-end models. On the other hand, this very design may repel customers who prefer a more serious style.
Gigabyte didn’t spoil the show with its G-Max GD-1701DL model, which is a good home monitor with a nice appearance – I mean the control buttons in the first place – and acceptable parameters.
Hansol really improved the characteristics of their monitor, using a newer matrix. Thus, the older model performs well enough against new competitor products. If you’re planning to buy a H750S, take a note of its production date (well, I guess you’re unlikely to meet a sample made half a year ago, but anyway).
The LG Flatron 787LE looks appealing enough, but mostly due to its very low price. Throwing in $15-20 more, you can purchase a function-rich and pretty model, even from the same LG. IN such circumstances, the market fate of the e-Yama 17JN1-S seems downright poor. This monitor is a twin brother of the 787LE, but had worse results in the tests and costs more, exceeding the price of the models from BenQ, Gigabyte and others.
The FilmView MV790 from Macroview spoiled the impression with its nasty color reproduction: you are offered an option to disable dithering in this model, but this only means that the implementation of dithering is bad. Anyway, the MV790 may serve well in applications that don’t need precise color reproduction (for example, for work with text), especially considering its low price.
Appendix: Chromacity Coordinates of RGB filters (CIE x,y)