Can 19" LCDs Pass the Frag Test?

BenQ's FP937s

BenQ is a very active manufacturer. It gets its new models out quickly - sometimes a little too quickly. But BenQ is also a very responsive manufacturer who takes players' complaints about response time seriously. And so we were eager to test the FP937S. The FP937S is currently the fastest monitor available from BenQ. While 8ms version has been announced, they won't be available until 2005.

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Diagonal measurement19 inches
Native resolution1280 x 1024
Contrast500: 1
Luminance250 nits
Latency12 ms
Colors16.2 M
H/V viewing angles140/140
ConnectivityVGA, DVI
Average price$499

Low-End Design

Again, depending on where you buy your monitor, you may pay the same price for the FP937s as for the XL795D. But on the level of finish, unfortunately, there's no comparison. The FP937s has the same painted plastic we saw on the FP71E+. It's also a fragile plastic that scratches very easily. The control buttons are made of the same material. The base is also plastic, and the build quality is poor. In the end, everything depends on the price you pay for this monitor. Overall, the FP937s is inferior in finish to the NEC LCD92VM. At $400, that's quite acceptable, but much less so at $500. In fact the 937S is not the only monitor whose price varies depending on the country where you buy it. In any case, the finish of the FP937s is average at best.


There are no surprises where equipment is concerned, either. There's a VGA and a DVI connector and that's about it. The display has a tilt adjustment. The power supply is built into the back of the monitor, which is a positive point. In short, the FP937s's ergonomics are satisfactory.