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8ms 19" LCDs: Speed for Gaming, but at What Cost?

Conclusion

In the final analysis, what should you conclude from this article? One thing is for sure - the new generation of 8 ms panels has finally combined a quality static image with good responsiveness. The three models tested here are about even in terms of reactivity, color fidelity... and also, unfortunately, in terms of the quality of their DVD rendering. If you want to screen movies, you should fall back on the 12 ms models we've already tested. These monitors were already excellent for gaming. The 8ms ones are a notch above them in that area, but they're less flexible for a variety of uses.

If you're a hard-core gamer, you can choose one of these three models and you won't be disappointed. So far, these panels are the fastest ever tested at Tom's Hardware. As the BenQ monitor will not be sold in the US (according to BenQ's sales office) we make the L90D+ our reference monitor as far as reactivity is concerned. It also offers more advanced ergonomic features than its competitor, while other brands are still lagging behind in offering their 8 ms displays. Thus, the Hyundai L90D+ gets our Editor's Choice award.

Note that the NEC 1970GX has just arrived in our lab, and we will review it as soon as possible.