Looking for a new 22" LCD display? X-bit Labs took a look seven different models this week: BenQ FP222Wa,
LG Flatron L226WT,
LG Flatron L226WTQ,
Samsung SyncMaster 225BW,
Samsung SyncMaster 226BW and
Samsung SyncMaster 226CW.
This transition is not limited to the growth of the screen, though. LCD matrixes can also be easily made any size and the specified size of the matrix equals the effective size of the image precisely whereas 21” and 22” CRT monitors didn’t differ much in their effective display area. Both had a specified image size of about 20”. Today, if you buy a 22” LCD monitor, it is really one inch larger than a 21” LCD monitor.
This roundup is all about 22” LCD monitors that have hit the shops but recently. A couple of years ago this diagonal just didn’t exist although 23” and larger monitors were already available and even enjoyed some popularity (making allowances for their high price). Thus, the arrival of 22-inchers is not another stage of progress but an occupation of a market niche previously unattended to.