REVIEW: A.C.T. Kern MT1904Z2U
++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad
At first, one is always astonished by the fact again that a 19 inch LCD fits into such a small package. But it actually was the Precious MT-1904 that the carton unearthed. We got this device for reviewing purposes by the courtesy of A.C.T. Kern. The following review gives a description of how we liked the monitor.
Along with the monitor, the package comprises an analog and a digital cable, a shielded audio cable, a manual on CD, an external power supply unit together with cable and a USB cable.
The design of this gadget has a certain appeal to it. The foot is very stable somehow resembles a boomerang. Cables are ducted along the side of the foot, but this does not catch one's eyes too much, because there is room of about 8 cm between display and the ground it stands on. The display allows for forward and backward slanting, which requires a rather big effort. There is no driver disk included amongst the monitor and the CD only holds the manual. Software for calibrating the display is unavailable. While the homepage indeed offers a download link to the driver, one can only get through to it after entering a customer number and a password. Both of which we don't have. It seems incomprehensible to us why drivers aren't made available to everyone who has an interest in them.
First, the monitor got digitally connected to the graphics card. Not all of the connectors on the rear side of the case (when standing) can be easily accessed, but this is admittedly only done once. The monitor instantly reveals a great picture. The colors are clear, saturated and rich in contrast. No pixel faults could be found and viewing angle dependency is excellent. The picture that seemed to be a tad to red at first could be readjusted with the gamma correction of the graphics card without any problems. The illumination uniformity of the panel is good. Merely in the lower right corner the display was slightly brighter, which didn't bother at all during normal use. The picture is always stretched full screen at any resolution other than the native resolution. A 1:1 display with black borders is not possible. Interpolation of resolutions other than the standard one is achieved flawlessly and to a convincing degree. Even fonts look quite sharp. Scrolling of documents or websites results in - among LCDs rather common - color shifts. Part of the list of special features of this gadget is a USB-Hub (1 upstream, 2 downstream) that worked absolutely flawlessly. This way you get an additional USB port, since one port is taken up for the upstream at your PC.
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