T560 (Black) review: T560 (Black)

Fortunately, the IBM T560 has more going for it than just good looks. It has a high 250cd/m² brightness rating and an adequate 300:1 contrast ratio, but the display (factory preset to the highest brightness and contrast settings) was almost blindingly bright out of the box. Once we lowered the contrast and the brightness, it performed very well in our DisplayMate performance tests. At its native 1,024x768 resolution, text looked crisp, clear, and legible in Microsoft Word and on Web pages, as well as in both small and large font sizes. The T560 displayed a beautiful range of grays, and colors on the Web and in Photoshop were rich and vibrant.

A sight for sore eyes
IBM backs the T560 with a standard three-year warranty. Phone tech support is available 24/7 via a toll-free number for the length of the warranty. IBM also offers two onsite exchange upgrades. Pickup/delivery is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with next-day response ($60) or 24/7 with four-hour response ($90). IBM also has comprehensive tech support (including a searchable database and driver downloads) on its Web site. The display we evaluated had no stuck pixels, but IBM's policy is pretty good; if yours has more than five total or two adjacent, the company will replace the monitor.

These days, you can get a decent 15-inch LCD for less than $400, but it won't match the image and design quality of the IBM T560. If your office can afford to pay the premium, you'll get a display that's well worth the price.

15-inch LCD image quality test
Longer bars indicate better performance
0-50 = Poor   50-60 = Fair   60-70 = Good   70-80 = Very good   80-100 = Excellent
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The T560 performed very well in DisplayMate performance tests. At its native 1,024x768 resolution, text looked crisp, clear, and legible in Microsoft Word and on Web pages, as well as in both small and large font sizes. The T560 also displayed a beautiful range of grays, and colors on the Web and in Photoshop were rich and vibrant.

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T560 (Black)

Part Number: 6656HG2

MSRP: $449.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 15 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.3 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 300:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 4:3