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17" LCD Part II: The Heavyweights Enter The Ring

Iiyama AS4332UT

Iiyama sticks to its guns: these monitors are not only good, but beautiful, too. The AS4332UT is a slave to the extra-narrow casing fashion, with a border of less than three centimeters around the screen. What's more, the monitor can pivot into portrait mode and slide up and down (8.5cm). Other features include two DVI inputs (one analog, one digital), an S-Video connection, a USB hub and a Kesington key.

Its specifications, on the other hand, are the humblest all of the monitors in these tests. Contrast is only 300:1; response time 35ms; and brightness 22 cd/m². And yet the AS4332UT is one of the best 17" LCD monitors on the market.

Image lag is still noticeable in games, but you soon forget about it. The colors come out bright and true, very similar to and just slightly darker than the Solarism LM 1711, which served as a reference for us.

ColorDarkest shade displayedLightest shade displayed
Gray2253
Red5253
Green5252
Blue2250

To be even better, this monitor ought to have more brightness, especially in order to whiten the white a bitTo be even better, this monitor ought to have more brightness, especially in order to whiten the white a bit. The black, in spite of the low contrast ratio, is darker than on most monitors.

A final positive point: its angles of vision are very good. All in all, this is the best Iiyama LCD monitor we have tested and one of the best of all the makes put together.