ViewSonic VG2021m

Pros: Accurate color reproduction, stylish stand

Cons: Light bleeds around screen edges

Price: $485

Image quality: B-

Features: B-

Value: B-

When we unpacked the 20-inch VG2021m, it became our early favorite. Unlike the purely functional designs of other monitors, this LCD has a bit of an artistic flair with a black frame melted into a silvery base.

A glowing blue power button completes the look. Sitting with a pack of other LCDs, it really stands out. Unfortunately, its performance can't quite measure up to its appearance.

It does match colors almost perfectly, which ties it with the image-optimized Sony for top honors in that respect. In our color stepping test, there were none of the standard errors such as jumps, skips, ripples, kinks or fault spots.

However, the LCD2070WNX had one pretty big flaw in that the backlight really bleeds onto the screen. The edges of the display are awash in pure white light, to the point where we wondered if the panel was sufficiently tightened (it was).

This contributed to poor display quality of darker images, which were washed out by the light bleed. Despite this, text display was above average, at least when text wasn't too close to the edge of the screen.

The capper? The fancy stand turned out not to be as functional as some others, swinging only up and down, and tilting forward and back. It does not go from side to side.

With a good price of $485, the LCD2070WNX makes for a stylish, above-average performer. But with that one fatal flaw that really hurts its image quality, we'd recommend the pricier ViewSonic VP2030b.

ViewSonic Corp., Walnut, Calif., (909) 444-8888, www.viewsonic.com

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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