Two companies debuted in this review as they have never taken part in my tests. The monitor from Philips, considering its narrow targeting at watching movies and TV programs, performed quite well, having a well-made design and a good setup quality.
Both models from ViewSonic have an excellent response time – they only lose to the Samsung SyncMaster 710T in this parameter. They both have advantages and shortcomings – the VE710s had a very inaccurate color reproduction, but the VX750 couldn’t reach its junior in the contrast ratio parameter. Anyway, both models look well enough for their price categories.
The two monitors from NEC fit into two quite different categories: the LCD1703M looks well as an inexpensive office monitor, but the LCD1760NX only aspires to be a middle-range office device. As home monitors, they both lose to their competitors primarily in the design, although have very worthy parameters. The LCD1760NX is also interesting for its new 12-millisecond matrix from LG.Philips LCD – it helped to correct the defects of the last-year version of the same monitor.
LG surprised me somewhat – although they stress the fact that their new LCD monitor models use 12ms matrixes, my tests suggest that they actually use 16ms ones. Well, I can’t say that this is the first time I see such a difference between the real parameters and the specification, but they even put those “12ms” stickers on the monitors themselves! At the same time, the monitors are good in appearance, functionality and their real parameters, so I can honestly recommend them to your consideration.
Two out of the three monitors from Samsung couldn’t show anything interesting – they are actually regular office models with some color reproduction problems and unassuming looks, other parameters being average. Besides that, the SyncMaster 710N has a serious problem with white shadows from vertical lines that you should certainly pay attention to when shopping.
The third monitor, the SyncMaster 710T, suddenly stood out of the ranks, boasting the lowest black-gray response time among all monitors I’ve ever tested in our labs. The other parameters of the 710T are at a good level for its class, so you may want to consider it if you like to play dynamic games. Unfortunately, the 710T differs from its competitors not only with its low response time but also with its rather high price.
Talking about the technological advances, I want to stress the fact that the declared response time does not necessarily determine the quality of the monitor. Comparing the results of the 12ms matrix of the NEC LCD1760NX to the results of the 16ms matrix of both models from ViewSonic, it is rather hard to name the better of them: the NEC has a better black-white response time, but the ViewSonic wins on black-gray transitions. Evidently, the user may want one thing or another depending on the situation, so it’s too early yet to say that the 12ms matrixes rule this market.
Appendix: Color Coordinates of RGB filters (CIE x, y)