Affordable 19" LCD Monitors

Conclusion

Model AL1931 AS4821DT LCD1920NX LCD1980SX SyncMaster 192B SDM-S93
Manufacturer Acer Iiyama Nec Nec Samsung Sony
Price Euro 776 € 1,136 € 974 € 1,218 € 749 € 927 €
Price US $ - $946 $800 $1,000 end Q4 $750
Technology MVA MVA MVA PVA PVA MVA
Panel manufacturer Fujitsu Fujitsu Fujitsu Samsung Samsung Fujitsu
Response time 25 ms 25 ms 25 ms 25 ms 25 ms 25 ms
Resolution 1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024
Contrast 700 : 1 600 : 1 500 : 1 700 : 1 500 : 1 600 : 1
Brightness 300 cd/m² 250 cd/m² 250 cd/m² 250 cd/m² 250 cd/m² 250 cd/m²
Viewing angle vertical 170° 170° 170° 170° 170° 170°
Viewing angle horizontal 170° 170° 170° 170° 170° 170°
Diagonal 19 inch 19 inch 19 inch 19 inch 19 inch 19 inch
Connectivity D-Sub & DVI D-Sub & DVI D-Sub & DVI D-Sub & DVI D-Sub D-Sub
Hub USB No Yes No No No No
Pivot function No No No Yes No No

These tests compared two kinds of monitor panel technologies: the MVAs (Sony, Nec LCD1920NX, Iiyama and Acer) and the PVAs (Nec LCD1980SX and Samsung). There are no winners or losers in this contest - each has some slender advantages.

If we set price aside, the best 19" monitor is the Iiyama AS4821DT. Its performance in games is satisfactory, its colors are better than average, and its ergonomics are very good.

While not quite so good, the Samsung and Acer monitors, to be released at the end of the year, are more than 30% cheaper. These make a good alternative. They are not too bulky, and their more innovative design could really appeal to some users.

Dead Pixels

There is still the recurring issue of dead pixels. Acer only replaces its 19" monitors when there are ten dead pixels; Iiyama when there are four; Nec when there are three white, three black, or six color dead pixels; Samsung when there are ten, and Sony when there are three white, three black, or seven color. Iiyama has the advantage here, while the company's guarantee policy is still not perfect; it is amazing that Iiyama monitors at the high end of the market can be so poorly guaranteed.

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