LCD Comparison: 17" & 19" Under 20ms

Conclusion

Name CML175SXW LCD1960NX SyncMaster 193P LL-T19D1-H LL-T2020-H HS73P
Manufacturer Hitachi Nec Samsung Sharp Sharp Sony
Price $479 $728 $899 $749 $1,499 $610
Technology TN + Film PVA PVA ASV ASV TN+Film
Panel manufacturer AU Optronics Samsung Samsung Sharp Sharp AU Optronics
Response time 16 ms 25 ms 20 ms 25 ms 25 ms 16 ms
Resolution 1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024 1600 x 1200 1280 x 1024
Contrast 400 : 1 500 : 1 800 : 1 700 : 1 350 : 1 470 : 1
Luminosity 260 cd/m² 250 cd/m² 250 cd/m² 300 cd/m² 220 cd/m² 400 cd/m²
Viewing angle, vertical 160° 176° 178° 170° 170° 160°
Viewing angle, horizontal 160° 176° 178° 170° 170° 160°
Diagonal 17" 19" 19" 19" 20" 17"
Connectivity D-Sub + DVI D-Sub + DVI D-Sub + DVI 2 x D-Sub + DVI 2 x DVI D-Sub
USB hub no no no no no no
Pivot function no no yes no yes no

After out intense batter of tests, we have more hope to communicate than kudos to give. The Samsung 20ms 19" is promising, but still doesn't have the response time of a TN panel. The Sony Black LCD technology has that inconvenient mirror effect which does it no good at all.

For games, the Hydis 20ms panel is still the one to beat. It's not yet perfect, but we know of no other that is faster (based on our tests, of course, and not manufacturers' specifications).

For a mix of uses, image retouching + video + games, the new Samsung panel now seems the most versatile. We're looking forward to the finished products, hoping they will have dealt with some of the little flaws we found in the prototype.

Once again, we must insist strongly that the manufacturers' specifications are not to be trusted.

Also, the issue of dead pixels often still rears its ugly head. Thus, when buying a monitor, make sure you can return it if you are not satisfied.

Monitors Lined Up For Our Next Review

Next time, we shall be going up in size and down in response time. We plan to review 14 ms and 12ms panels with TN + Film technology. There should also be two rival 12ms panels from AU Optronics and Samsung.

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