May 2003 Best Buys Highlight: 19in LCD monitors

Unbreakable LCD

The Neovo S-19 is a 19in LCD screen protected by a glass panel that prevents damage to the LCD panel from such user generated dangers as finger pointing, accidental knocks or precision aimed airborne projectiles. It’s strong enough to easily absorb knocks from objects ranging from soccer balls to metal keys and pens. This glass is also almost impossible to scratch and, in the event that it does get accidentally knocked or hit, all you need to do is wipe it down with a common glass cleaner and cloth.

Apart from supplying strength, the glass also acts as a kaleidoscope of sorts as it provides better gradation and definition of colours through its Crystal Optic filtering.

This makes it perfect for graphics artists and photo enthusiasts. Running it off a notebook computer displaying an identical photograph showed up better gradients and a larger colour palette than the notebook screen.

The rest of this LCD monitor is very sturdily built, featuring a stiff base which denies swivel movement but allows vertical tilt movement from 5º to 25º. In practice, viewing angles are excellent. Response time is also very good, allowing a great deal of quality game playing and movie watching. Wall-mounting is possible by folding the base all the way flat alongside the screen, which then lets a standard VESA mounting kit be attached. A Kensington cable lock port is present for security.

As a workstation screen, we tested it under typical office conditions, where fluorescent lights are usually abundant. We found glare to be nonexistent and, while bright backgrounds were maintained, there were no reflection problems either. On a black background, however, you will get a dark reflection of yourself and other objects in your room. In relatively dark environments, this problem is eliminated.

This monitor can have three devices connected to it simultaneously via its VGA, DVI-D and S-Video/RCA ports, and you can switch between them through the on-screen menu system. In addition, the on-screen menu allows you to tinker with the backlight level, pixel phase and clock settings and you can also set customised colour levels for red, green and blue, as well as selecting from the standard colour temperatures. If you don't want to tinker, an auto-adjust option can be invoked while the screen is utilising the VGA input, and an automatic white level adjustment is present. When the DVI-D input is used, the auto-adjust and the clock and phase options are not available, but the digital signal from your output device should be perfect anyway. Testing with DisplayMate proved this to be the case as there was no interference at all during the phase tests.

For use in industrial environments, financial institutions, hospitals, for use as a public display, and as a safe screen for children’s environments, the Neovo S-19 is perfect due to its rigidity and excellent viewing angles. Its good looks and brilliant output should also make it appealing to home users who are after a versatile display for productivity, gaming and entertaining. We reviewed the 19in model, which costs $3998, but smaller sizes of 18in and 15in are available, too.

Not familiar with the technical terms used in our LCD Monitor Best Buys reviews? Check out the PC World LCD Monitor glossary.

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