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Four Wide Screen 19" Monitors Compared

Using The Monitor

This monitor is aimed at the general public and as such it's a success. The default adjustments are good and the contrast is sufficient for office applications, though I would have preferred slightly lower brightness. The picture was very good without having to spend a lot of time in the menus.

For games, the panel's latency severely impacted performance. It'll do for occasional playing. But if you're a gamer, don't even consider it. But again, remember that this display is intended for family PCs first and foremost.

Video Games

Video performance was acceptable. The good results are due in part to the monitor's excellent fidelity, which offers very natural flesh tones and fairly fluid video, free of jerkiness. The display was noisy and sparkling was quite visible. But even in that area, this display wasn't the worst of the bunch.

Video

Price/Performance

Conclusions

The HP W19 has points in its favor if you look at it as a consumer-oriented monitor. It works well right out of the box, with very satisfactory default adjustments. The design is restrained and the unit is low-priced. What more could anyone but a real computer enthusiast ask?

Overall Score

  • V3NOM
    from reading thigns on tomshardware on my 17" CRT i had for years and years to buying my first LCD a couple of months ago :S how embawwassing... anyway it's amazing. the better quality and viewable space on my 19" widescreen is just unbelievable compared to the often blurry writing on CRT's. my dad still uses a 17" CRT and whenever i rarely go over to his computer it's really plain at the difference between them. WIDESCREEN LCD FTW!!!
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