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NEC Display Solutions AS221WM-BK Black 22
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The monitor case is nice and solid. When handling it, the plastic doesn't creak like it's going to break like some monitors.
The screen has a matte finish as well as the bezel. I hate flashy monitors, so this is a pro for me.
The little power LED is very small and not that annoying blue that everyone is doing these days.
Screen quality is very good, the contrast is great even at 45% contrast and 49% brightness.

The speakers actually have okay volume. I was surprised. Don't expect lots of dynamic range of course.

All of the power and menu buttons are actually buttons. They are tiny, but they are located underneath the monitor and it's easy to find them and use them.

English as a first language customer service, quick to try to correct the problem too.

Cons: The biggest problem is the buzzing. The monitor makes a constant buzzing noise regardless of where the brightness control is. Maybe I have more sensitive hearing, or it is the fact that I have a cabinet above that reflects noise more, but no other CCFL backlit monitor I have makes this noise, including in the same location.

I have tried different cables, different power sources, unplugging the speaker cable, to no avail. The sound immediately goes away on powering off.

Other Thoughts: I contacted NEC since NewEgg wasn't willing to do anything, and they quickly sent out a 2nd monitor at their expense with a prepaid return label. I was very excited to try the new one, thinking I must have gotten a defective one.

Unfortunately the new one makes the exact same noise. It sounds like a power transformer maybe?

I sent the 2nd one back for their repair team to look at and diagnose. In the meantime I am dealing with the buzzing. Sometimes I just turn it off after a while, because it gets annoying. Luckily I have a Samsung LED monitor that I use for some of my work.

I hope that NEC can help me because I don't think a replacement will fix the problem.

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Acer V193WEJbd Black 19
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Has a 16:10 widescreen ratio which gives more vertical space. 1440 x 900 = 16:10 ratio. The other 'golden ratio' resolutions for widescreen are 1680 x 1050 (normally a 22"), and 1920 x 1200. (normally a 24")

Has both VGA and DVI inputs.

Base is removable for VESA mounting.

Cons: I can't think of many cons right now.

Other Thoughts: Ignore the previous reviewer. He has no clue.

We use a lot of Acer monitors in our facility and they have been very good. I hope and expect these to perform well also.

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SAMSUNG S24A450BW-1 Black 24
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: As of right now this was the only LED backlit 24" LCD monitor with 1920x1200 resolution that I could find.

This monitor is marketed toward business and that's what I use it for but I don't see how it would be a bad choice for home.

It has a matte finish, which I love. There is no noticeable glare.

It has a nice looking stand with a slight grain finish that isn't glossy and cheap looking like most monitor stands. Also the bezel is a nice matte finish.

The stand is height adjustable! Such a rarity these days it seems. I took it off because I wall-mounted mine, so I don't have experience with it.

The entire monitor rotates on the stand, so you can use it in portrait mode with only a quick flick.

It has 'normal' power and menu buttons on the front, instead of hidden, or touch sensitive buttons.

I have started to hate 'HD' monitors because I have to scroll so much, so I absolutely love having 120 more lines of vertical resolution over a 1920x1080 monitor.

Cons: The buttons are a little bit hard to press. Maybe they will get easier over time.

Out of the box, the viewing angle is not ideal. Spend some time adjusting the angle settings in the menu and you will be happy.

Other Thoughts: Like many LED backlit LCD's the power transformer is not inside the monitor. This one has a nice mounting spot for the box at the back of the monitor. I thought it would get in the way of wall mounting but it didn't in my case. It probably sticks out about 1/2" to 3/4". It is removable but the cord between it and the monitor is short so you can't put it too far away. If needed I guess you could affix it to the back of the monitor on the sides since they are inset a bit.

It seems to have a built-in power saving feature that as soon as I lock my computer it goes into a low power state, then a few seconds later turns off completely. Haven't messed with the settings on that though.

It is plenty bright for me, but I usually like my monitors darker. I have it set to about 50%.

I got it about 40 cheaper somewhere else so shop around, but this is about the best bang for the buck I could find in the price range.

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Ryan L.'s Profile

Display Name: Ryan L.

Date Joined: 05/25/04

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 09/11/07
  • Last Review: 11/21/12
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