Spotlight on the lower end of the 22" LCD market
Subject: Displays | November 25, 2009 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Acer, ASUS, Samsung, LG and ViewSonic are all well known providers of LCD displays and it is a selection of those manufacturers that InsideHW gathered for a cheap 22" display roundup. Each monitor sports almost exactly the same specifications apart from their claimed contrast, a stat that can be measured by many means and is at best slightly misleading. Read on for an overview of the current state of affairs in the lower end of the 22" market.
"We gathered all 22-inch (21.5’’) monitors that we could with one more condition: price tag should be
below 160€. All monitors are black with differences in surface finish: matte or gloss (piano). This is
nice change since earlier combinations of black and grey surfaces weren’t that much pleasing. All monitors
have only one analog D-Sub, which is expected from low price models. All displays have 16:9 panel ratio,
with 1920x1080 resolution. This will satisfy Full-HD standard and offer decent performances in new
visually attractive operating systems. All tested models have decent picture control, which is important
in case you have graphics card that cannot run new games in resolutions that are different from monitor’s
native resolution. This means that if you lower game resolution, picture won’t get stretched but will
maintain ratio even if it is not 16:9. Even specifications of all monitors are almost the same with only
one difference: declared contrast values…"
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