ViewSonic's PC-TV monitors look the part

They're a bit small, but they do look like TVs.


TVs and PCs may be taking their own sweet time to morph into one appliance, but some designs are starting to betray the romance. Case in point: ViewSonic's new "Diamani DUO" series (dynamic duo?) are meant to be used both as a desktop monitor and an LCD TV, in 19- and 22-inch models with 1,440x900 and 1,680x1050 respective resolutions.

Unlike other PC-TV screens, which are often indistinguishable from desktop monitors, this one actually takes on some of the design characteristics of a plasma or LCD set, such as today's popular piano-black gloss finish, contoured lines for built-in speakers and styled base. They're a little small for our taste now that we have to wear bifocals, but the price is right for a second TV (or third or fourth or fifth) at $350 and $400.

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