Comparison: Twelve 19" CRT Monitors

LG 915FT Plus

The LG 915FTPlus is the only monitor in this test to use Flatron technology, a cross between Trinitron and Shadow Mask, and an attempt to get the most out of both with none of their drawbacks. So the two horizontal lines typical of the Trinitron or DiamondTron are dispensed with, without it being a shadow mask-type screen with curved edges. The Tension Flat Mask technology used here gives a pitch of 0.24 mm over the entire screen and reduces the light emission rate. The 915FTPlus has a refresh rate of 110 kHz and a bandwidth of 235 MHz. The maker claims a maximum resolution of 1880x1440 at 70 Hz, which is adequate, but nothing more. In practice, and in more orthodox resolutions, it reaches 74 Hz in 1920x1400 and 89 Hz in 1600x1200, which is quite a bit better. The 915FTPlus has the following connections: a 15-pin plug; five BNC plugs; and a 4-port USB hub.

With regard to geometry, it has to be said the LG 915FTPlus was not one of the best in the test. Whether in 1280x1024 or 1600x1200, there were slight trapezoid effects at the bottom of the screen, which were hard to eliminate, no matter how much we tweaked. This makes it all the more a shame, because otherwise this monitor has huge assets. The OSD is well-designed and pleasant to use, with a very smart menu system. It has all the adjustments you can think of, including purity by zone. Its readability is excellent, the moiré disappears after the usual few adjustments, and the colors are warm and generally faithful. One of the outstanding advantages is the quality of the black on screen, much higher than the others in the test. To sum up, the 915FTPlus is a pretty attractive monitor that will appeal to users who cannot stand the Trinitron lines. It costs a bit less than its rivals, so it is a pity it has these geometry failings.

  • lolsir
    Hi!! I am from 2010 and i want to tell you guys that you guys had some really nice boring review back in the days without any graphs...
  • I just took a Hitachi CM721F into daily use alongside Hitachi CM771, the shadow mask CRT does offer good color rendition without visible support wires of Trinitron-type solution.

  • badugi
    Im willing to buy this monitor, anyone selling one? will pay.
  • CHISEL_954
    iiyama Vision Master Pro 514 22" CRT .24 Bought back in 2004 (wow time flys) and still looking at it as i type. What a excellent monitor (still). I think around $500 bucks in 04. I had a different iiyama model 5 years before that. So the crt's where made of great quality that lasted--but i don't think the lcd that they make are near the quality of the past. :(