Envision G918W1 review: Envision G918W1

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.1
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 4.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 5.0
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The Good HDCP-compliant; sometimes found on sale for a significant price reduction.

The Bad Worst image quality we've seen in a while; obstructed DVI port access.

The Bottom Line Envision's G918W1 display loses points for its subpar performance and irritating design, which makes it hard to recommend--unless you can find a good deal or are in the market for an affordable HDCP-compliant display. Otherwise, you should pass this LCD monitor by.

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You'll find Envision's 19-inch wide-screen G918W1 LCD for sale only at Best Buy, generally around $219. At this price, we don't think it's worth it. In our tests, we found its image quality unimpressive and its display plagued by an irritating design quirk. It is HDCP compliant, however, and does a decent enough job with high-definition movies and games. But you can find better quality displays, such as the HP w2007 or NEC's Accusync LCD193WXM, for roughly the same price.

Design
As many budget-oriented displays, the G918W1 has a decidedly nondescript look, which makes it suitable for any environment. The only shopper who might have a problem with the G918W1 is one who wants their hardware to make more of a statement. The snap-on base is easy enough to put in place--although it offers a limited range of motion, letting you tilt the display only up and down. Our biggest issue is with its DVI port. The port is situated so close to a plastic cover--where the stand meets the display--that it's difficult to connect a DVI input. Removing the cover helps; and while we're glad to have discovered the workaround, it seems foolish that it's even an issue. Envision could solve this problem simply by placing the DVI jack in an unobstructed spot.

The plastic (and fortunately removable) casing around the display stand blocks access to the DVI port.
The plastic (and fortunately removable) casing around the display stand blocks access to the DVI port.

Manufacturer's specs
Resolution: 1,440x900
Dot pitch: 0.285mm
Pixel-response rate: 5msn
Contrast ratio: 800:1
Connectivity: DVI, VGA
Viewing angle: 160 degrees horizontal, 160 degrees vertical
HDCP compliant
Included DVI and VGA cables

Features
Unlike many similar displays, the Envision G918W1 has no built-in speakers. We can't say we really miss LCD-based audio output, but if you're looking for a display with speakers to minimize your hardware clutter, you should keep looking. As far as what the display does have, we're happy to report that Envision made this model HDCP compliant. We did have some trouble getting it to play on our Sony BWU-100A Blu-ray test system, but we had success with a desktop paired with an Xbox 360 external HD DVD drive, as well as a standalone Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray player. We'll hold off on a rigorous narrowing-down process to determine which component was at fault for our initial difficulties, mostly because we don't think many people are in the market for a 19-inch LCD as their primary HD video playback device. Instead, we'll simply say that if you are interested in the G918W1 for that purpose, it should get the job done.

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Envision G918W1

Part Number: G918w1
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 19 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.285 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 800:1