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17" LCD Part III: It's Christmas Already!

Conclusion

Model10 17 20CML171SXWAS4314UT17AESLM-700S71
ManufacturerBelineaHitachiIiyamaMitacQDISony
Price (US$)-$699$559--$650
Price (euros)779 €790 €599 €790 €685 €899 €
TechnologyTN + FilmTN + FilmTN + FilmTN + FilmTN + FilmTN + Film
Panel manufacturerAU OptronicsCHI MEYHyundaïCHI MEYHyundaiAU Optronics
Response time40 ms40 ms20 ms50 ms25 ms25 ms
Resolution1280 x 10241280 x 10241280 x 10241280 x 10241280 x 10241280 x 1024
Contrast ratio400 : 1350 : 1500 : 1300 : 1300 : 1400 : 1
Brightness250 cd/m²230 cd/m²230 cd/m²250 cd/m²230 cd/m²250 cd/m²
Vertical angle140°100°125°120°130°155°
Horizontal angle150°120°150°120°150°160°
Panel, diagonal17"17"17"17"17"17"
ConnectionD-Sub, DVID-SubD-SubD-SubD-SubD-Sub
Integrated speakersYesYesNoYesNoNo
Pivot functionNoNoNoNoNoNo
USB hubNoNoNoNoNoNo
Dimensions (cm)429 x 407 x 188414 x 462 x 201422 x 420 x 216422 x 420 x 216449 x 422 x 215423 x 399 x 233
Weight9 Kg6.2 Kg6.5 Kg6.0 Kg5.3 Kg6.5 Kg
Power consumption55 W75 W45 W48 W45 W55 W

Six competing screens, but one overall winner-the Iiyama. This is the second time that this manufacturer has won one of our comparative tests. The AS4314UT is perfect for games and for work, although it is still not good enough for graphic design purposes because the colors tend toward blue.

And now, because this is the season, let's end with a wishlist for next year.

Dear Santa Claus,

First of all, I'd like the price of LCD screens to continue to drop in 2003. Secondly, it's high time there was real progress as regards residual images on the screen (the AS4314Ut is a good first step, but it needs to be emulated by the competition) and color definition. When will LCD screens be good enough for graphic designers and prepress?

Finally, I'd like to be rid of analog and DVI cables. I'd like to communicate with my computer via WiFi or any other cordless technology.

Thank you,

Vincent.