19-inch monitors: Please try to quell your excitement

Are you as excited about 19-inch monitors as I am?! If you answered "Yes! I'm SO excited I can't stand it!" you may want to reevaluate your life priorities. If you answered "probably not," then you should hit me up for a drink sometime.

The Gateway HD1900 can in fact be used as a weapon. Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Are you as excited about 19-inch monitors as I am?! If you answered, "Yes! I'm SO excited I can't stand it!" then you may want to reevaluate your life priorities. If you answered, "Probably not," then you should hit me up for a drink sometime, as you sound like a normal person I could have a conversation with, without feeling like you're gonna flip out at any moment, pull a monitor from under the table, and smash me in the face.

What I'm trying to say is, smaller monitors just aren't as exciting to me. Maybe that comes with being an American. We like our monitors like we like our cars and food portions. Extra large with extra gravy (in the case of food portions of course).

This year I plan to have a more balanced diet and give smaller monitors their due. I'll start with a small appetizer (ain't it cute?) of 19-inch monitors. Two of them in fact.

First up is the Samsung SyncMaster 953bw . This had great games performance, but struggled in movies a bit thanks to its shallow black level. Next is the Gateway HD1900 , which also had great performance in games and sported a low black level, so movies looked better running on it.

I'll be reviewing more 19-inchers in the coming months, but I'm also interested in what you guys think. Which monitors would you like to see reviewed? Are there certain sizes you're more interested in than others? I myself am partial to 24-inchers, but I understand not everyone shares my affinity.

 

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