The Big Picture: 21 inch Monitors Compared

The Big Picture: 21-inch Monitors Compared
Company Product Mouse Rating List Price Contact Viewable Area
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Maximum Resolution
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Warranty (in years) C USB
Hub
Comments
GENERAL-USE MONITORS
ADI MicroScan 6G 2.5 mice $850 800/228-0530,
20.0 1,600 x 1,200 4 no Acceptable quality overall, marred by stubborn moire effects and poor controls. Very good warranty.
Apple Computer
Apple Studio Display with ColorSync D
4.0 mice $1,499 800/795-1000 19.8 1,600 x 1,200 1 yes Excellent overall quality and a reasonable price; a great companion for new Power Mac G3s. Older Macs can't access on-screen controls. Worst warranty. For pro use: accurate hue, but too much contrast.
CTX International EX1300 3.0 mice $1,285 800/888-9052 20.0 1,800 x 1,440 3 E no Acceptable overall quality, but with somewhat washed-out colors. Dimmest monitor.
Eizo Nanao Technologies FlexScan FX-E7S 3.0 mice $1,399 800/800-5202 19.7 1,280 x 1,024 F 3 $109 Acceptable sharpness and color. Dimmer than recommended.
  FlexScan T960 3.0 mice $1,399 800/800-5202 9.6 1,600 x 1,200 3 yes Acceptable color quality and sharpness, although reversed type blurry.
Hitachi NSA RasterOps 8115 3.0 mice $999 800/906-4482 20.0 1,600 x 1,200 3 no Acceptable overall quality, although with a slight color cast. Very bright monitor. VGA connection only.
  RasterOps 8135 3.0 mice $1,229 800/906-4482 20.0 1,856 x 1,392 3 no Acceptable overall quality. Control buttons are not intuitive. Brightest monitor. VGA connection only.
iiyama North America VisionMaster 502 2.5 mice $1,239 800/394-4335 19.5 1,600 x 1,200 3 no General image quality acceptable, but at high resolution, the text became unreadable and image appeared to vibrate.
   VisionMaster Pro 502 3.0 mice $1,239 800/394-4335 19.5 1,800 x 1,440 3   Acceptable overall quality. Good price for monitor with this maximum resolution.
Mag InnoVision DJ920 3.5 mice $747 800/827-3998 19.9 1,600 x 1,200 3 no Good bargain monitor with acceptable overall quality. Some moire problems. Good warranty. Outstanding controls.
miro Displays Radius Precision View XL-1 3.0 mice $1,249 650/988-7270 19.7 1,600 x 1,200 3 no Acceptable sharpness and color quality. Bright monitor.
Mitsubishi Display Products Diamond Plus 100e 3.0 mice $1,099 800/843-2515 19.7 1,600 x 1,200 3 $/TD> Acceptable overall quality. Good warranty.
  Diamond Pro 1000e 3.0 mice $1,349 800/843-2515 19.7 1,800 x 1,440 3 $79 Acceptable color quality and sharpness, but reversed type somewhat blurry. Good warranty.
  Diamond Pro 1010e 3.0 mice $1,499 800/843-2515 19.7 1,800 x 1,440 3 $79 Acceptable color quality and good text sharpness, but reversed text somewhat blurry. Good warranty.
 
Diamond Pro 2020u
4.0 mice $1,499 800/843-2515 20.0 1,800 x 1,440 3 yes Excellent sharpness, acceptable color quality, a flat screen. USB hub allows two computers to share monitor and devices.
NEC Technologies MultiSync FP1350 3.0 mice $1,499 G 800/632-4636 20.0 1,920 x 1,440 3 $79 Acceptable sharpness and color quality with slightly washed-out colors. Good warranty. Flat screen.
  MultiSync P1250+ 3.0 mice $1,099 G 800/632-4636 19.6 1,800 x 1,440 3 $79 Acceptable color quality and good text sharpness. Good warranty.
Optiquest Optiquest V115 3.0 mice $1,049 800/843-6784 20.0 1,600 x 1,200 3 no Acceptable sharpness and color quality, although colors slightly washed out. Good warranty.
Panasonic Computer Peripheral Company PanaSync E110 2.5 mice $999 800/742-8086 20.0 1,600 x 1,200 3 no Acceptable color quality, but poor sharpness with blurry text. Good warranty.
  PanaSync S110 3.5 mice $1,259 800/742-8086 20.0 1,600 x 1,200 3 no Excellent sharpness and acceptable color quality. Good warranty.
  PanaSync/Pro P110 3.0 mice $1,399 800/742-8086 20.0 1,600 x 1,200 3 no Acceptable overall quality. Good warranty.
Philips Consumer Electronics Philips Brilliance 201B 3.0 mice $999 800/531-0039 20.0 1,800 x 1,350 3 H $59 Acceptable sharpness and color quality. Flat screen. Good price for high resolution. Mediocre warranty.
Princeton Graphic Systems Princeton EO2010 3.0 mice $999 800/747-6249 20.1 1,920 x 1,440 3 no Acceptable overall quality. Good price for high resolution, although reversed text was blurry. Good warranty.
Samsung Electronics SyncMaster 1000s 3.0 mice $1,179 800/933-4110 19.7 1,600 x 1,200 3 no Acceptable overall quality, but flesh tones slightly washed out. Good warranty.
Sony Electronics CPD-520GS 3.0 mice $1,049 G 800/352-7669 19.8 1,600 x 1,200 3 no Acceptable overall quality. At high resolutions, reversed text blurry. Bright monitor.
  GDM-F500 3.5 mice $1,900 G 800/352-7669 19.8 1,800 x 1,440 3 no Excellent sharpness and color quality, but at a high price. Flat screen.
ViewSonic MB110 2.5 mice $1,149 800/888-8583 20.0 1,600 x 1,200 3 yes Acceptable color quality, but poor sharpness, with blurry text. Good warranty. Includes special speaker system.
  P817 3.0 mice $1,849 800/888-8583 20.0 2,048 x 1,536 3 yes Acceptable overall quality. Highest possible resolution, but with high price.
  PT813 3.0 mice $1,295 800/888-8583 20.0 1,600 x 1,200 3 no Excellent color quality, and acceptable sharpness. Good warranty.
PROFESSIONAL MONITORS
Barco Display Systems Personal Calibrator Plus 4.0 mice $4,295 770/218-3200 20.0 1,600 x 1,280 2 no Accurate, easy-to-use monitor, but expensive.
  Reference Calibrator Plus 4.5 mice $6,990 770/218-3200 20.0 1,800 x 1,440 2 no The ultimate in color accuracy, but at a very high price. Colorimeter attached to unit.
LaCie
electron21/108
4.5 mice $1,849 503/844-4500 19.7 1,600 x 1,200 3 yes Accurate color quality at a bargain price. Good warranty. Built-in USB hub allows two computers to share monitor with blue eye calibrator and devices.
Mitsubishi Display Products SpectraView 1000 3.0 mice $3,499 800/843-2515 19.7 1,600 x 1,200 3 $79 Color not very accurate. Good warranty. Optional USB hub allows two computers to share monitor and devices.
A Measured diagonally, in inches.     B In pixels.     C For parts, CRT, and labor.     D Evaluated as both a general-use and professional monitor.     E Two-year CRT warranty.     F Documentation recommends a maximum resolution of 1,280 by 1,024, although we found higher-resolution quality acceptable.     G Estimated street price.     H One-year CRT warranty.
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