The Good Elegant design; great image quality; sturdy base with wide range of motion; good documentation and support resources.
The Bad Expensive for a 15-inch LCD; narrow viewing angles.
The Bottom Line The IBM T560 may be expensive, but its good design and sharp imaging are worth it. This is a solid choice for offices or small businesses that are willing to pay extra for better overall quality.
Most LCDs look cool just by virtue of their svelte lines and bright screens, but the sleek, black IBM T560 was clearly designed with elegance in mind. Although it's pricey for a 15-inch LCD and has somewhat narrow viewing angles, it's solidly built, easy to adjust, and an absolute pleasure to look at.Most LCDs look cool just by virtue of their svelte lines and bright screens, but the sleek, black IBM T560 was clearly designed with elegance in mind. Although it's pricey for a 15-inch LCD and has somewhat narrow viewing angles, it's solidly built, easy to adjust, and an absolute pleasure to look at.
Slick looks, smooth moves
The $619 T560 is expensive compared to consumer models starting at $350, but its excellent design is worth the price. The display is clad in chic, "stealth black" plastics, and the outer bezel adds a mere inch and a half to the perimeter of the screen. The display sits on a graceful yet very stable articulated neck base. The T560's 120-degree horizontal and 90-degree vertical viewing angles are narrower than average, but the wide forward- and backward-tilt range (from -37 to 145 degrees) makes up for this somewhat; you can easily tip the screen completely backward to let someone across from you view it. The monitor also swivels smoothly between portrait and landscape mode, and IBM includes Pivot Pro software for rotating the image to match the display. Plus, the T560 can be mounted on a wall or attached to an optional swing arm ($169).
Setting up the IBM T560 is easy, thanks to its compact, 10.8-pound frame and a comprehensive user guide that covers setup, image adjustment, troubleshooting, and tech-support options. The signal and power cables plug easily into the bottom of the base--no messing around with plastic covers or cable-feeder clips as with some other displays. The LCD is both digital and analog compatible and ships with both super-VGA and DVI-D cables. It's PC and Macintosh compatible, as well, but the latter requires an optional adapter.