Don't-Miss Display Stories
If you’re looking for a wide-screen LCD display, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, the NEC 205WXM should be at the top of your list.
The ViewSonic VA2026w isn’t a bad display, but other models in its category offer better viewing angles and lower price tags.
The BenQ FP202W V3 is a decent, affordable, 20-inch wide-screen LCD. But with its oversharpened text, limited viewing angle, and frustrating-to-use on-screen menu system, you’d be better off with the Dell E207WFP, which costs less and looks better.
The Envision is a fine, inexpensive, 20-inch wide-screen LCD. Colors looked better than average right out of the box, but onscreen text was a bit fuzzy. If you’re in the market for an affordable LCD, the Dell E207WFP costs just a few dollars more and performed better in our tests.
The Samsung SyncMaster 206BW is a very good wide-screen desktop display. It is competitively priced and, once calibrated, performed very well in our text and color tests. But, of course, you get what you pay for.
Hewlett-Packard's w2007 20-inch display is a good all-around wide-screen monitor with interesting features like built-in speakers and a shiny, high-gloss screen.
The ViewSonic PJ258D is a good all-around projector. Its size, weight, and feature set make it easy to move from the office to your living room and back. Unfortunately, it lacks some of the key features necessary to make it a star performer in either setting.
Though this big, bright 26-inch display costs a pretty penny, its color calibration features—as well as for managing backlight and color consistency over time—make the LCD2690WUXiSV a tool all serious color geeks should consider.
If you think big is beautiful, then check out the LP3065 wide-screen LCD from Hewlett-Packard. The LP3065 is a solid all-around performer that will make you the envy of all who see you using it.
Though the HP LP2465’s connection options aren’t quite as plentiful as some monitors we’ve seen recently, and we’ve seen brighter and more vivid LCDs, it is a good choice if you’re looking for a large, affordable wide-screen LCD.
The idea of an affordable, multifunction display that includes built-in speakers, an iPod dock, a camera card reader, and a USB hub is very appealing. Unfortunately, the ViewSonic VX2245wm’s method of integrating these devices is clumsy, and the display suffers from a limited viewing angle.
Pantone’s huey is a good product for photography hobbyists who are just getting started in color management. It is affordable, easy to use, and fast. Its ability to continually adjust a monitor for changes in room lighting make it even more attractive.
The MultiSync 2190UXi doesn't come cheap, but graphics pros will love the vivid and accurate colors of this 21-inch LCD.