Can 19" LCDs Pass the Frag Test?

Spatial Uniformity

The FP937s's uniformity is average. All values are within 20% of each other, and the lower part of the image is slightly darker than the upper part, but fortunately this isn't very bothersome in actual use.

The FP937s has color qualities that are a little short of the LCD92VM's, but are still acceptable.

BenQ FP937s' Panel

Logically you'd expect to find an AU Optronics panel in all BenQ monitors. That's because AU Optronics owns part of BenQ, and it only makes sense for them to try to place their panels there. And yet, BenQ has several lines in the category of 19" displays aimed at gamers, and while its FP931 uses a 16ms panel like the one in the LCD92VM, we were surprised to find that this monitor uses an LG Philips LM190E03 panel. This panel is a good choice, even if the difference in terms of performance is slight, as our measurements show:

As can be seen, even if the panel's specifications claim 12ms, it had trouble attaining 16ms under our test conditions. The two panels, the AU Optronics and the Philips, are finally very close - with the advantage going to the LG panel, for several reasons. The first is that the panel showed lower latency values in the worst cases. The second is that the latency peak is located in the darker values, and is therefore potentially less visible.

One might wonder about the choice of using an Philips panel in a BenQ product, given BenQ's close ties to AU Optronics. One reason might be simply that AU Optronics is a victim of its own success and is experiencing another shortage like the one we were subjected to last year.

These considerations aside, let's get back to the actual responsiveness of the panels. As can be seen here, we're still far from what the best 17" monitors can do, but we're moving slowly but surely in that direction. The Philips is a good panel, and its latency is quite compatible with gaming.