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donnagonzales77 05-25-2007 11:31 AM

Monitors Anyone?
 
A review of LCD monitors was conducted according to its appearance and ergonomic design, features, image quality, and response time. All monitors were constant in their size of 20.1 inches with a resolution of 1680 x 1050, having at least 1,764,000 pixels. More pixels mean more desktop space for your applications as well as a bigger screen when playing movies.

The Apple Cinema Display has an aspect ratio of 16:10 which can be used for several windows applications. Its simple lines and design make it fit your furniture easily, with its slim aluminum body, although it capability to be maneuvered to an unusual place is restricted. It comes with default settings that cannot be altered unless using a remote, which also has to be purchased separately. There are one DVI, 2 FireWire 400 and 2 USB ports for connections, and an external power. In terms of image quality, color accuracy was fine although a slight compression was seen on the blue color spectrum. View angles were excellent although a twinkling effect was seen. Ghosting and an afterglow could be seen, making it not recommended for gamers.

The Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP is better looking than its previous 2005WFP, with a silver back panel and a V-shaped base which can be easily detached with the push of a button. It does not come with integrated speakers although it can be hooked up to one. Its ergonomic design allows it to tilt, and pivot. Connections are more numerous with the addition of 2 USB ports, 1 RCA composite video port and 1 S-Video port at the rear of the monitor. Two other USB ports are seen on the side for easy access for USB devices. The HDCP is supported through the DVI input which allows it to be compliant with Blu-ray and HD DVD players. Contrast and image quality were mostly good, with excellent viewing angles and some slight color deviations were noted. It is highly recommended for general use, with an upgrade of firmware.

The LG Philips Brilliance 200WB7ES is encased in a silver housing, with a professional business look to it. It also contains its own SmartManage software, aimed at the IT managers. The monitor can be tilted, swiveled, and increased in height to fit the user’s needs. It has an Auto Adjust button for analog users. The power supply is integrated and digital and analog video inputs are located at the rear of the monitor. There is good contrast and colors were aesthetically pleasing. Good color rendering can be adjusted manually. Viewing angles are poor. This monitor may be better of with a gamer than a serious user.

The Viewsonic VX2025wm utilizes an 8ms P-MVA panel that has a 800:1 contrast ratio and a response time of 8ms. It doesn’t have the sleek designs of the monitors previously mentioned but its use of a black bezel with silver frame makes its aesthetics acceptable. Movement is limited to just vertical tilting. Built in speakers can be used through the 3.5mm audio input jack. There are no video inputs or USB ports. Color setting and pixel reaction time are satisfactory. Viewing angles were also good. But there was no HDCP support and ghosting is still slightly visible although this is an excellent monitor . But overall, it gave the best performance of all monitors tested.


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