If you are in the market for an all-purpose 24-inch monitor with a high end PVA panel, the good news is that the Hyundai W241D is cheaper but broadly as good as the competition. After all, it shares the same panel technology. Similarly, several of its minor glitches, such as slightly oversaturated colours and a touch of inverse ghosting, are very likely present on its key competitors.
In that sense, the choice is fairly simple in the 24-inch segment at the moment. Those with tight budgets will put up with the relatively poor viewing angles, mediocre contrast and dull colours that TN+Film units consistently suffer from. People who can stretch a bit further can enjoy a more vibrant but not necessarily more accurate PVA model. If you fall into the latter camp, the W241D should be on your shortlist.
On the whole then, the NEC AccuSync LCD24WMCX has its share of problems with precise editing of photos taken in a photo studio, but it was never intended for that usage model – NEC has a whole host of displays that deliver colour accuracy far and above this particular screen. And for most usage models—especially gaming and movie playback in particular—the LCD24WMCX will be more than adequate.
Given its price point, it’s quite an attractive proposition, but you must be aware of the drawbacks of the panel technology used. From our experience, it’s one of the better 24-inch TN+Film displays on the market so it represents reasonably good value for money for those on a tight budget.
Clearly the ViewSonic VX1940w is not a mass market monitor that will convince the mainstream hordes to ditch their 22-inch panels. But it could be extremely attractive for a few niche markets and for those able to divert their attention away from simple screen acreage.
Obviously, it’s a great solution when space is in short supply. No doubt LAN gamers will appreciate the combination of high detail, speedy pixel response and compact, travel-friendly dimensions. It also makes for a very nice low-profile secondary display with decent resolution, perhaps to compliment a large 30-inch primary panel.
Awkwardly proportioned and packed with ostensibly clever but actually rather pointless image quality enhancements, what exactly do we make of Samsung’s new 21.6-inch display? In default mode—the mode we recommend you leave this display set to—it’s a solid but unspectacular performer.
The NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi is an amazing screen that not only fits the bill for professionals, but will also appeal to those of us that want stunning image quality, a whole host of features and acres of desktop real estate. Of course, the price will undoubtedly put a lot of people off this screen, but I tell you, if I had £1,500 burning a hole in my pocket I know where I’d be spending it. Yes, it’s expensive, but then so is a Ferrari F430 Scuderia – it’s all about getting what you pay for.
# The good: The HP w2207 LCD monitor showed the strongest overall performance in its class; sharp new design; screen can swivel to portrait mode; reasonable price; HDCP-compliant.
# The bad: HP’s My Display software is buggy and needs refinement; HD video still better on a TV.
If ever a monitor was a tale of two halves, the BenQ X2200W is it. The bad half of the equation is that the image enhancement measures area a major flop. In truth, we didn’t expect a great deal. Traditionally, these sorts of techniques tend to promise a whole lot more than they deliver. In this case, they merely serve as a reminder that there’s no substitute for premium panel technology.
Feature-rich; strong performance with a digital connection; excellent build quality; flexible stand
Weaker performance with an analog connection; no built-in speakers; small fonts not easily readable
The good: Attractive looks; strong overall image quality; HDCP-compatibility lets you watch protected HD movies.
The bad: Less-than-stellar HD movie playback quality; HP’s software continues to be a work-in-progress.
The bottom line: It’s a little shy on features, and we wouldn’t recommend the HP w2007 for HD movie watching. Then again, we wouldn’t suggest you use any 20-inch LCD for that purpose. What we did like was the overall image quality of this display, which we found outstanding, and it’s ultimately what saves the monitor.
The good: HDCP-compliant; sometimes found on sale for a significant price reduction.
The bad: Worst image quality we’ve seen in a while; obstructed DVI port access.
The bottom line: Envision’s G918W1 display loses points for its subpar performance and irritating design, which makes it hard to recommend–unless you can find a good deal or are in the market for an affordable HDCP-compliant display. Otherwise, you should pass this LCD monitor by.
The good: Excellent image quality; bevy of video ports; four USB 2.0 ports; thin bezel and lack of menu buttons creates attractive appearance; sturdy base.
The bad: One-year warranty is two years less than average; touch-sensitive controls are too sensitive; slightly less contrast than competing displays; lacks DVI cable.
The bottom line: If not for the short warranty, the Gateway FPD2275W would have taken home an Editors’ Choice award for its winning design, feature set, and performance. If you can live with a one-year warranty (or spring for the extended coverage), we recommend this stellar 22-inch wide-screen LCD.
The good: Unique, swiveling stand gives you more adjustability than other LCDs in its class; mostly strong performance; thorough service and support coverage
The bad: No HDCP-compliance; irritating onscreen display; especially bad audio output; expensive
The bottom line: Even if you don’t care that ViewSonic’s VG2030wm lacks HD DVD or Blu-ray support, we can’t give this LCD monitor a strong recommendation simply because there are too many better, more capable displays on the market for the same price. Its image quality is fine, but that’s not enough.
The good: Excellent image quality; integrated Webcam and microphone; headphone jack; base swivels 360 degrees.
The bad: Only DVI and VGA video inputs; no downstream USB ports; no height adjustment or pivot; base could be sturdier; glossy bezel prone to smudges and glare; brutally bad speakers.
The bottom line: The 22-inch ViewSonic VX2255wmb features a wide-screen display framed by a consumer-friendly, piano-black bezel, but it lacks the extra video ports consumers can rightfully expect to find on an LCD these days. Its image quality is excellent, however, and it boasts a built-in Webcam and microphone.
The good: Attractive looks; selectable preset image quality settings; solid overall performance.
The bad: No speakers; no HDMI input; no HDCP support for protected HD movies; too expensive at suggested retail price.
The bottom line: We wouldn’t pay more than $200 or so for any 19-inch LCD, but if you need a smaller screen and can find Acer’s p191w for that price, we’d recommend it. It’s a basic display with no speakers or HDCP-support, but its image quality and sleek design make up for any lacking secondary features.
The good: Naviset software brings most of the onscreen display options into Windows display properties; HDCP-compliant; built-in USB 2.0 hub; four-way adjustable stand.
The bad: Only minor performance gains for an expensive price tag.
The bottom line: NEC’s MultiSync LCD2470WNX has a higher-than-average price compared to other 24-inch displays, and we just don’t see enough of a benefit in image quality to justify the added expense. Features like HDCP-compliance and an amazingly adjustable stand help it keep up with the competition, but for the price, this display needs to do more.