Gateway HD1900 review: Gateway HD1900

When we watched the Superbit DVD version of Spiderman 2 on the Gateway display, we saw the same vibrant colors and no evidence of backlight bleeding. Overall, we felt as if the Gateway had deeper blacks than the Samsung SyncMaster 953BW, which makes it better suited for watching movies.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on their panel type, their picture quality at non-optimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from non-optimal angles. Since both the Gateway and the Samsung use TN panels and when each is viewed from a non-optimal angle, the screen appears to darken, and we were unable to see the picture details when playing a game. As long as it's being viewed from the optimal angle, however, we had no problems.

Juice box
Gateway HD1900 Average watts per hour
On (Default Luminance) 30.86
On (Max Luminance) 33.82
On (Min Luminance) 16.55
Sleep 0.59
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 31.43
Score Good
Annual energy cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $9.61

Brightness scores (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Gateway HD1900
643:1 

DisplayMate performance test
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Service and support
The monitor includes a one-year limited warranty that covers parts and labor. Gateway backs this up with 24-7 toll-free phone technical support as well as technical support via e-mail.

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