Thanks to Brimax, we are once again going to be looking at another one of their displays for your home computer and this time it has some serious style.
The LM19XD is a very distinct looking display that will make a great addition to anybody’s workstation whether you have a wooden or glass desk this display is sure to look awesome on both. The 19” screen is protected by a thick sheet of tempered glass which makes cleaning very easy. The whole frame is very thin and minimalistic, also the sleek stand adds to the overall stealth look of this display.
- Input Signal: Analogue, Digital
- Input Interface: D-Sub 15PIN
- Pixel Pitch: 0.294mm
- Brightness: 300 cd/m2
- Contrast Ratio: 700 : 1
- Viewing Angle: Horizontal +- 80º Vertical +- 70º
- Scan Rate: Horizontal 30-80kHz Vertical 55-75Hz
- Display: 376.32 (W) x 301.056 (H) mm (Typical)
- Response Time: 8ms
- Power Source: 12v, 4.16 A Power Adapter
- Wall Mount: VESA DPMS standard
- Power Consumption: 40W (MAX)
- Maxiumum Resolution: 1280×1024
From the pictures alone you can tell this is certainly a very attractive looking display and definitely makes the average PC monitor look like trash in comparison (sorry but it’s true). The rear stand has a very powerful spring inside and acts sort of like a pogo stick. If you push the monitor down to lower it-it will lock in that position but if you want to move it back up again just give it a slight pull and it will shoot up quite surprisingly. The downside of course is, you’ve guess it, only two positions when adjusting height. We have to admit the stand is just as nice looking as the display itself though.
The above picture you see is the arm which holds the monitor and it does allow for angle adjustment however, it does feel quite loose even though it’s tight at the same time so if you plan to say move the display to tilt up you would need to move it up more than you think you have to.
The control buttons are located along the very thin bottom edge of the screen which is great because it means they don’t look out of place being small and all. Pressing the menu button will no doubt bring up the on screen display menu from where you can adjust various options and set a custom user colour profile.
Testing & Performance
This monitor is absolutely incredible. That’s the only way to describe the contrast and brightness of this screen. You’ll notice right away from switching the device on just how vibrant things appear on screen. Thanks to the 700 : 1 contrast ratio you end up with a very rich tonal range and it is for this reason putting the monitor under some tests will be rather interesting.
As far as gaming goes this monitor has no problems thanks to its 8ms response time and it’s something we learned by testing some games on it for ourselves. As mentioned earlier, because of its high contrast ratio movies also look a hell of a lot better too. When viewing any video, colours become very rich and saturated.
Blacks are very dark whilst you can still clearly distinguish the dark greys. Unlike other cheap TFT displays the Brimax LM19XD definitely holds its own with contrast as nothing appears to be blown out or smudged which suggests this display is also perfect for graphic design.
The on screen menu is very easy to use, you don’t need instructions to help you navigate through the options as everything is logically laid out and button assignments are very sensible, anyone can familiarise themselves with tweaking this display easily to suit their needs. The fact that you can quickly switch between different colour temperatures is also a fantastic edition. This is not like your average predefined brightness and contrast adjustment but rather the actual colour tone. Depending on the lighting you are in you may need to select the correct colour temperature and we found this to work very well especially when situated in tungsten lighting.
For the below tests we used PassMark Monitor Test which includes many useful test screens you can cycle through to put you display through its paces.
Note: The following screenshots are for a point of reference only and do not in any way indicate the quality of the displays tested. Each image has also been downsized and optimized for viewing on the web.
Master Screen Test
The master screen showed no problems at all, nothing odd was noticeable, colours very accurately rendered and fine grill patterns were great.
Solid colour testing is a very decent way to discover any dead/stubborn pixels and also to see how well the display copes near the edges where it is usually most weak. When viewing the solid black test screen a very small amount of white was visible near the bottom edge of the screen however, we have found this to be noticeable on nearly all screens we have used and tested. Because it is to a very minimal degree it’s not really worth mentioning. The solid red test screen was absolutely perfect with no visible colour bleaching anywhere to be seen. On cheaper displays you usually see dark corners and edges but this was not a problem for the LM19XD and we’re quite happy to say the same goes for the solid green, blue and white test screens.
Scale Colour Test
Scaled colours are usually always a challenge especially for TFT LCD displays and since they are using hardware dithering to maximum effect it is the quality of the dithering you can use to gauge just how well the display is performing. Quite surprising though this Brimax display was too good to be true. There wasn’t really any colour banding significant enough to raise an eyebrow on any of the scaled colour test screens. This is just absolutely rock solid performance.
Moire Pattern Test
The moiré pattern test was also passed with flying colours, and it just keeps getting better and better for this display. Even with such an incredible dense array of onscreen pixels packed so tightly together at its maximum resolution you can still “clearly” make out each dot on the screen without your eyes going all too fuzzy.
With the convergence lines test pattern there wasn’t anything odd presenting itself onscreen. Edge to edge this display drew lines perfectly with no notice colour fringing or warped lines.
Pixel Response Test
One for the gamers this one. The pixel persistence test shows how well the display can cope with moving graphics and we’re quite pleased to say just like the previous tests the Brimax LM19XD didn’t fail to impress us at all. Even at 800 pixels per second ghosting was just absolute minimal and image tearing was extremely minimal.
Absolutely fantastic! That’s all we can really say. We admit we didn’t expect such rock solid performance from this display but we were shown just how capable it really was. To say it exceeded our expectations is definitely an understatement. This display’s performance as well as looks is absolutely amazing. If you get praise for owning the LM19XD then it deserves it right so we say because the colour reproduction and image sharpness is staggering and that very modest contrast ratio packed in a very sleek and stylish design makes the screen all the more appealing when it’s switched on. Clearly this is one of Brimax higher quality displays and for this reason we are extremely grateful for Brimax whom have supplied the LM19XD for review.
A quality product designed to do nothing more than deliver high performance. We recommend the Brimax LM19XD in every possible way and we hope to see more of Brimax’s products in the near future.
- Fantastic design
- Tempered glass panel (easy to clean)
- Good contrast ratio
- Overall image quality is exceedingly brilliant
- Good easy to use on screen menu
- Only two positions for height adjustment, could do with a lock-in place design
- Slightly heavy (mainly due to the glass)