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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
>> Hi everyone. This is Eric Franklin from cnet.com and today we're taking a First Look at the Dell IN 1910N. The 18.5 inch Dell has a glossy back bezel and the surface of the screen itself is a slightly frosted and smooth mat. Wobbling was not an issue when we knocked the monitor from the sides due to the flatness of the foot stand. There is no height adjustment, swivel or pivot included on the monitor. A 20 degree tilt is the only ergonomic option available. The foot stand can be removed and the panel mounted VESA style on the wall. Convections are as barebones as you can get offering only VGA as a sole video or data option. The OSD follows Dell's label free context dependent design seen in many recent Dell monitors. OSD options include the standard brightness, contrast and various color options. There are also options that adjust the hue, sharpness and color saturation as well. We tested the Dell on this VGA connection in the standard preset. While its color is decent, fonts on the display are noticeably blurry; also the display had trouble displaying dark and even not so dark gray, crushing them at the lower end of the grayscale. 720 P movies on the Dell look good, but the colors were oversaturated and there's noticeable dithering on watching in the movie preset. Games look decent running at 1366 by 768 resolutions and showed no signs of ghosting or input lag. When viewing text in the game, however, it looked noticeably blurry. In power consumption the Dell will cost about $5 per year to run compared with similar monitors, the Gateway HT1900 and the Samsung Sync Master 953BW's $10 per year. The IN 1910N is available online from Dell for about $129 or less. At that price it is not too surprising that it lacks connection options or any noteworthy features other than VESA mount support. This is a barebones economy class monitor with a widescreen resolution but games and movies both return a disappointing performance on it. We'd recommend instead shelling out a few more bucks for the 20-inch HP 2009M which has more features and much better performance. Once again this is Eric Franklin and this has been a First Look at the Dell IN 1910N.
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