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Can 19" LCDs Pass the Frag Test?

In Practice

Gaming is clearly this monitor's home turf. It's fast and gamers will get the most out of it. And in addition, the black level is good. It's proof that the panel alone doesn't do everything. Games with dark, mysterious atmospheres will look great on it. It's true that this monitor is more expensive than the others, and we should be able to expect more from it. The 190X5 does a better job of pixel interpolation, too. But here again, 1024 x 768 is about as low as you'll want to go.

Unfortunately, while sparkling is less of a problem, it's still inevitable. It's a fault that Philips and LG have always had in common with their respective LCDs. And with TN panels in this size arriving in force, that trend won't be reversed anytime soon.

To end up, one short comment about the built-in speakers. For once, they're actually worth using. Don't get your hopes up too high, though. They can equal the two front satellites of a 5:1 kit, but don't expect miracles. Still, they're better designed and built than the speakers on most other monitors.

Conclusion

The 190X5 is an excellent monitor. It's good for gaming, and slightly less so for non-professional video. And its static qualities are worthy enough. It's a monitor I wouldn't hesitate to recommend... once its price has been determined. Again, the monitor is slated for release in North America later this quarter.