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Four Wide Screen 19" Monitors Compared

Samsung 940BW

Samsung is the first manufacturer whose products I tested for this article, with a simple but promising monitor, the 940BW. It's a little more expensive than the average for 19" wide displays, but while the quality may be there, sometimes it's worth an extra $40 for user comfort that's a notch better.

Diagonal Measurement19 inches
Native resolution1440 x 900
Contrast500: 1
Brightness300 nits
Latency4 ms (GTG)
Colors16.2M
H/V viewing angles160 / 160
Speakersno
ConnectivityVGA / DVI

Design, Finish, Ergonomics And Connectivity

Design and Finish

The monitor's shell is simple and unpretentious. The finish is very plasticy, but the quality of the materials is respectable.

Ergonomics

The ergonomics of this monitor was by far the best of all the units I tested for this article, with tilt and height adjustments and a pivoting base. The OSD has a MagicColor function that adjusts the color rendering to the content. Several options are available (Documents, Games, Movies, etc.), and the settings they use are quite good. It's a laudable effort on the manufacturer's part for an entry-level monitor. For the price, I might have hoped for a little more, but the strategy here is clearly to avoid competing with the maker's higher-end models.

Connectivity

Connectivity is minimal but sufficient. There's only a dual VGA/DVI connector. The single VGA connector seems to have made a big comeback on entry-level displays, so the presence of digital connectivity on this model is significant.

  • 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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