DisplayMate eyes the screen

What's the 'best' LCD monitor? It depends on the eye of the beholder, but a scientific viewing approach makes it easier on that eye.

For this review, the GCN Lab used an image benchmarking suite from DisplayMate Technologies Corp. of Amherst, N.H. The suite generates 11 highly detailed images that pinpoint flaws in screen uniformity, white saturation, pixel consistency and white-point color temperature.

It took 19 steps to set up DisplayMate for each monitor. We could connect up to eight of the monitors simultaneously to a PC, using a video splitter and a video card from Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. of Dorval, Quebec. Some of the flaws we observed via the DisplayMate software included unusual color tinting, image ghosting, image leaking when we dragged a window, wavy lines and fuzziness.

The comprehensive DisplayMate benchmark suite, which can also test video boards, plasma and CRT monitors, costs $69 to $795, depending on specific needs. Visit www.displaymate.com for more information.

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