Soyo Dymond DYLMO19B

Soyo Dymond DYLMO19B

Pros: Good blues, tiny footprint

Cons: Fuzzy text, blurred colors, registration errors

Price: $399

Image quality: C

Features: C+

Value: C

The tiny 19-inch DYLMO19B from Soyo has the smallest footprint of any monitor in the review. It sits on a minimalist wire frame that makes the monitor appear mounted to a small scaffold. While it takes up only a fraction of the space of some others, the stand does not tilt, pivot or turn, so you might run into problems getting the LCD into the correct viewing angle for your workspace.

While its performance in the visual benchmarks might have been considered good last year, the huge upturn in quality across the board does not seem to have translated to the DYLMO19B. As such, its quality is below average and the worst recorded this year.

It was the only LCD to have a stuck pixel that stayed on, displaying a bright green dot, the entire time. (This is usually an anomaly'most vendors ship the occasional monitor with a bad pixel.) On the plus side, it was a nice green'the monitor was at its best when producing greens and blues.

That said, the DYLMO19B blurred colors together slightly in the color step test, and lighter images tended to be washed out over light backgrounds. What's more, text was a bit fuzzy for anything below 14 points.

Would you be disappointed in these flaws? Perhaps not, unless you looked at this monitor in the company of others, which is what we live for. In this review, the DYLMO19B's display quality was near the bottom on almost every test. True, its $399 price tag is tempting, but there are better displays out there with similar prices.

SOYO Group Inc., Ontario, Calif., (909) 292-2500, www.soyogroup.com

About the Author

John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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