Although we have 16ms panels from LG.Philips, AUOptronics and Samsung, we still lack a low response time 19" LCD. Today, we are happy to take a look at the first 16ms LCD from Sharp Systems - a milestone in 19" LCD technology.

Sharp is not a new player to the display sector. They were one of the pioneering LCD production houses in the world when LCD monitor technology began to take off. Even though their focus has oriented more towards LCD TV and 26" or larger LCDs, the Sharp Systems of America division continues to bring more and more LCDs into the consumer range.

We have high expectations for this LCD. From emails and forum posts, we constantly are asked when we will see an LCD that is quick enough for very fast-paced response times (specifically for first person shooter type games). Those not familiar with response time may want to catch up on our quick primer here. Will the Sharp LL-191A break into the 19" LCD market the same way the Hitachi CML174 entered the 17" LCD market one year ago? The answers may surprise you.

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  • KristopherKubicki - Thursday, May 20, 2004 - link


    How many 19" LCDs can you buy for 699 or less, and how many 20" LCDs can you buy for 1099 or less?

  • Fishie - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - link

    In the conclusion, the author writes that oen of the nagging features is the $699 USD price tag. Why is this a nagging feature? Dell's 1901FP is $719 USD and thier 2001FP it $1,045 USD. Are Dell's prices nagging features too? Are 19", 16ms LCDs usually cheaper?
  • AlexWade - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - link

    I just got my LG 1910S with a S-IPS panel, and its great! Even though respons times are listed at 25 ms, I notice no ghosting in Far Cry at all! Although, the text is not as sharp as I like.
  • Basse - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - link

    Nice review,

    On the 2nd page, Construction, there is a typo I believe. The header for the spec table says "Samsung LL-191A-B". Should be Sharp or...?
  • XRaider - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - link

    Good review. Dell seems to be much better though.
    To watch the mpegs.. just R click and do a "Save target as" and then open them up with Media player or whatever player you like to use that can watch .mpg's
  • KristopherKubicki - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - link

    tfranzese: Should work now.

    Mithan: it could be; after a few years of DVI only it becomes a strain for me to go back to d-sub. Then again, some people may not be able to tell the difference (in the same way that some people cannot tell the difference between 20FPS and 60FPS). It really depends on what your eye perceives as acceptable.

  • tfranzese - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - link

    Kris, I don't think it's a codec problem, but here's what works...

    When I click the image I get sent to a new window with this url:

    If I just paste this part into the browser I can download it just fine and watch it with no problem:

    Just seems to be linked incorrectly or sent through a script incorrectly. Hope this is of help.
  • tfranzese - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - link

    Only thing I ever noticed on my Dell 1801FP (or whatever the model is, I'm to lazy to look it up, but you get my point) is that the DVI appeared to have better color. Gaming however, I wouldn't be able to say - thing has always been good to me gaming on analog because I use a KVM that doesn't have DVI.
  • Mithan - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - link

    No DVI cable? So what.

    I bought a Samsung 172x and put it side by side with my existing NEC LCD 1765 (great for games BTW) and guess what? The DVI cable gave me virtually no improvement that I could notice.

    Maybe it had something to do with running my 9700 Pro in dual monitor config? Anyways, I doubt it.

    DVI is nice to have but I think you guys make a lot more out of it than it is worth.
  • KristopherKubicki - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - link

    I will figure out whats wrong with them. they work for me but maybe i have an odd codec that makes them work (they are straight from my Sony DSC since thats the only thing i had for mpeg capture).


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