Soyo Dymond DYLMO19A
The Soyo Dymond DYLMO19A has a bargain-bin look and feel, but its good image quality, built-in speakers, and digital connectivity outweigh its aesthetic shortcomings. The Soyo's $400 MSRP is too high for its limited offerings, but if you can find it for less (we found it online for $250), it's worth a look. Otherwise, thedelivers better performance for less money, and the offers greater adjustability and performance at a gentler price point.
The Soyo Dymond DYLMO19A has a basic design, but its oblong base and slim cabinet contribute to a sleek appearance. It comes in black or silver and is unadorned except for the Soyo logo and some labels on the control panel. It has a svelte appearance, with a narrow 0.75-inch bezel. The panel is also thin--a mere 1.5 inches deep, whereas most LCD panels run about 2 inches deep. Instead of putting the power source behind the display, Soyo has added an external power brick to the cord, giving the Soyo its slim profile. At the back of the DYLMO19A's panel are digital and analog connections (both types of cable are included) as well as power and audio ports.
As a less expensive monitor, the Soyo Dymond DYLMO19A sacrifices the stability and the adjustability found on other displays. It tilts forward 10 degrees and backward 30, but you can't swivel the panel, though the slippery base allows for easy turning. You can't adjust its height, either, which is unfortunate, as the DYLMO19A is extremely short: the bottom edge of the bezel stands just two inches above the desktop (three inches would better suit the average user). The monitor's base is a relatively small oblong ring that matches the monitor's sleek appearance. Unfortunately, it doesn't keep the monitor stable, wobbling at the slightest touch.
In keeping with the DYLMO19A's clean look, the five control-panel buttons are placed out of sight on the underside of the bezel's bottom edge. The onscreen menu is very basic but easy to navigate. Nearly hidden in the bottom bezel is a pair of built-in 2-watt speakers. Their sound quality is fairly poor, and there are no dedicated buttons on the bezel for volume adjustment.