17" LCD Part V: Four Panels Compared


Name PV 920Pro Dvi LCD71VM SyncMaster 172X VP171b
Manufacturer Hercules Nec Samsung ViewSonic
Price US $ $549 $490 $599 $550
Technology TN + Film TN + Film TN + Film TN + Film
Panel Manufacturer HyDis LG Samsung AU Optronics
Response time 20 ms 16 ms 16 ms 16 ms
Resolution 1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024
Contrast 500 : 1 450 : 1 450 : 1 500 : 1
Brightness 230 cd/m² 250 cd/m² 250 cd/m² 230 cd/m²
Viewing angle horizontal 125° 140° 140° 140°
Viewing angle vertical 150° 120° 120° 140°
Diagonal 17 inch 17 inch 17 inch 17 inch
Connectivity DVI D-Sub D-Sub + DVI D-Sub + DVI
Hub USB No No No No
Pivot function No No No Yes
Dead pixels allowed 3 3 white, 3 black ou 6 coloured 10 3 white, 3 black ou 7 coloured
Game wwwww wwww ww wwww
Colour wwww wwww wwwww www
Ergonomics ww ww wwww wwwww

Before comparing monitors, this comparative study surveyed four panel makers: AU Optronics, HyDis, LG, and Samsung.

At the time of the Tom IV 17" Comparative, only AU and HyDis were on the screen. HyDis won.

The advent of two new challengers has changed nothing. HyDis is still the winner, despite its response time of only 20 ms compared to 16 ms for the others.

Once again, it's a landslide victory for the Hercules screen. This screen is even doubly attractive to look at: On the one hand, it has the best panel available, on the other hand its black metal casing is a model of elegance.

In conclusion, as we stressed heavily in the first pages of the article, do not rely on the response times claimed! Alluring features are not enough, you need to rely on the opinion of someone who has tested the screen - preferably your own opinion, if you are given the chance of testing the screen in the store. If you insist on testing the screen in the store, which is very important, you'll be able to check to see whether or not the screen contains dead pixels.

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