After using a laptop for the last two years at work and for about 5 years at home, I finally bought a monitor to attach through a docking station to allow me to look at a monitor rather than the small laptop screen. After reviewing a few options and looking at price I decided to buy a Prolite B1906S for £170 from an online computer supply shop. The monitor was ordered at the same time as the docking station and it has allowed me to convert the laptop into a bench computer without the additional cost of a computer.
The monitor comes has a 19 inch screen, it has a black border and stands on a large extended neck pedestal. Setting up the monitor was simplicity itself, the screen came as one unit with an extended neck which was inserted into a circular flat base. The monitor came with a screw and a turning key, the neck once inserted into the base was simply fixed permanently by the addition of the screw and tightening. The neck can then be adjusted to any height and has made me look up to the screen rather than hunched over a laptop screen.
The monitor is aesthetically pleasing, all black moulded plastic, a flat screen and a feeling of it floating above the bench due to the long swan neck connector at the back. The monitor connects very simply with the computer via a DVI D pin connector; indeed the back of the monitor has the industrial utilitarian functions such as power outlets, connector points and potential for attaching camcorders directly. At the front are the more pleasing functions you require such as volume, the power indicator light and a menu button where the backlight, contract, etc can be manually altered.
This is all a pleasant surprise after realising the last monitor I bought was also my first, a very basic 16 inch monitor over 10 years ago. That one was bulky, heavy and little adaptability for other media formats, this one was so simple to set-up it was really just attach the base, put in one end of the connector, connect to the laptop and let the laptop find the driver for the monitor and the monitor was active. The addition of a monitor to the laptop means that you can set up one as the main screen and the other as the auxiliary screen perfect for emails or playing a game.
The only other point is the lack of flicker; the monitor screen is non flicker and doesn't strain the eye making using the computer far easier.
So far I've been very happy with the monitor and after years of using a laptop am now considering the thought that I might have been wrong all these years and should have stayed with a bench PC.
The 19" ProLite B1906S designed for business usage is one of the iiyama's range of Eco Friendly products. Best-in-class performance in every respect and low power consumption make the ProLite B1906S an ideal choice for ECO-conscious graphic artists, CAD and DTP users who settle for nothing but the best. sRGB and gamma correction functions permit even the finest nuances of color to be set accurately, and switching in the ECO mode lowers the power consumption even more and considerably reduces the CO2 emission into the environment. The ProLite B1906S delivers a sharp 20000:1 Advanced Contrast Ratio (ACR) and includes DVI and VGA connectivity.
|Product Description:||Iiyama ProLite B1906S-1 - LCD display - TFT - 19"|
|Device Type:||LCD display / TFT active matrix|
|Built-in Devices:||Stereo speakers|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||40.9 cm x 25 cm x 52.5 cm|
|Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch:||0.294 mm|
|Max Resolution:||1280 x 1024|
|Display Positions Adjustments:||Height, pivot (rotation), swivel, tilt|
|Colour Support:||16.7 million colours|
|Image Aspect Ratio:||5:4|
|Response Time:||5 ms|
|Image Brightness:||250 cd/m2|
|Image Contrast Ratio:||800:1 / 20000:1 (dynamic)|
|Digital Video Standard:||Digital Visual Interface (DVI)|
|Audio Output:||Speaker(s) - stereo - integrated|
|Signal Input:||DVI-D, VGA|
|Compliant Standards:||TCO '03, CE, TUV GS, VCCI Class B ITE, VESA DPMS|
|Power:||AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )|
|Power Consumption Operational:||22 Watt|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified|