Small size cannot disguise strong video performance

Pros and cons:
+    Small and exceptionally bright
+    Low price
–    Some angular viewing problems


Hyundai Electronics’ DeluxScan LM1400 flat-panel monitor proves once again that
good things come in small packages.


At first glance, you might consider the 12-pound monitor toylike or half-sized, like
the furniture in model homes. But this pint-sized contender can hold its own in the
competitive LCD monitor market.


Hyundai packs a 14.1-inch diagonal viewing area into a case only 14.6 inches tall and
14 inches wide. The stand’s footprint is the smallest I’ve seen on an LCD
monitor; it’s 8 inches by 6 inches.


The price, also small, undercuts the $1,000 LCD price barrier. The monitor sells for
$949 on General Services Administration Information Technology Schedule contracts.


The small footprint and price would be meaningless if performance were poor. But the
DeluxScan LM1400 gave above-average performance, practically lighting up the room with its
200 nits, or candelas per square meter.


A candela equals the lighting power of a single wax candle. Most CRT displays have
ratings around 150 nits. Flat-panel displays must be brighter because they pass light
through an electrically sensitive chemical layer instead of bending the light directly.
Even some high-end LCDs can’t display at 200 nits, as the little DeluxScan can.


I did find a problem with angular viewing, especially in bright light. From either left
or right, the image looks fairly clear even at 45 degrees off-center.


But vertically, the image gets lost at just a few degrees off-center. I would adjust
the tilt of the monitor when the text started to glaze over, only to find the image
cleared dramatically when I touched the screen.


The vertical viewing glitch was correctable by tilting the stand. If you don’t
bump it or adjust your chair between sittings, the image will stay in viewing range.


The active-matrix display has an individual transistor to control each pixel. One
broken pixel in my test unit displayed much too brightly. A dropped pixel is fairly common
on LCD monitors but annoying right out of the box.


The DeluxScan supports resolutions from 640 by 480 pixels to 1,024 by 768 pixels and,
like most LCDs, it looks much better at higher settings. The 0.27-mm dot pitch makes
images sharp.


I had no way of testing for freedom from electromagnetic emissions, but the DeluxScan
1400 gives off a lot of heat for an LCD. The top of the monitor was often barely cooler
than a CRT.


Controls are fairly standard and easy to reach. Four buttons in a pop-up window control
brightness, contrast, red-green values and other settings. One nice feature was that


I could change the position of the pop-up window, which defaulted to center-screen.


I have not seen other monitors with this moving pop-up control window, but it’s
helpful for adjusting colors. Place a photograph on the screen, then move the adjustment
box to one corner and tweak the controls while looking at the photo. Next time you open
the box, it appears where you left it.


Hyundai’s DeluxScan 1400 is a good choice for users who want an LCD without
spending a lot of money. Its relatively minor flaws are eclipsed by the solid performance
you would expect of more expensive flat-panel displays.    

About the Author

John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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