Planar PL1910M review: Planar PL1910M

The PL1910M's five-button control panel is easy to use: one button is for power and the other four are for bringing up the onscreen display and making screen adjustments. If you're using the PL1910M with its digital connection, most of the controls are preset and cannot be changed. If you're using the analog connection, you can tweak many image settings, including brightness, contrast, and individual color values. (Should your adjustments prove unhelpful, just navigate your way to the Recall and/or Auto Adjustment settings, and all are quickly restored.)

The PL1910M performed fairly well in CNET Labs tests. Connected digitally and running at its native 1,280x1,024-pixel resolution, the PL1910M's text was clear, sharp, and easy to read. Colors on the PL1910 looked vibrant and image quality was fairly consistent, with only minor irregularities in an otherwise smooth progression from dark to light. The grayscale tests did reveal a slight tendency to shift toward the blue end of the spectrum, and color adjustment is not available with a DVI connection, but this shouldn't be a problem unless precise color accuracy is required. With a pixel response rate of 25ms, it's not surprising that the PL1910M has a hard time displaying motion without some streaking, ghosting, and noise effects, but it showed realistic flesh tones and a nice range of colors on the Labs' test DVD.

Planar backs the PL1910M with a customer-friendly three-year parts-and-labor warranty. If your LCD fails, Planar will send you a replacement via two-day air and will have the defective model picked up free of charge.

CNET Labs DisplayMate tests  (Longer bars indicate better performance)

Brightness in cd/m2

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Dec 17, 2003
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 19 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.294 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 4:3