The 193P was hooked up through DVI to a MSI FX5900Ultra. The first test was to check for any dead pixels of any sort:
Surprisingly, there weren't any! Normally, anything less than 3-5 would be fine. When you go over that mark and you should ask for a replacement.
I played around with the MagicTune software to adjust the brightness and contrast. One of the benefits of moving to a software driven control platform is the lower overall cost of the unit. Hopefully this will be a continuing trend which will help drive the price down across the board.
As I use my screens mostly for desktop applications, it is important to use the model with the best contrast ratio and response time. Contrast ratio is the difference in light intensity between the brightest whites and darkest blacks. As this ratio is provided by the manufacturer, this can be debated as to whether or not the provided ratio is true. Response time deals with the amount of time one pixel will take to change colors. A low response time (< 20ms) will yield the best results when fast motion is seen on screen. You will likely see less ghosting with a unit at 16ms as opposed to 25ms.
Even if gaming is more a priority for you, these tips will help you choose the right LCD. The 193P offers 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 20ms response time. Not at all too bad for a 19" model.
The colors are bright and crisp without much of any slow down during rapid window changes from bright to dark colors.
I've been pretty fond of Unreal Tournament 2004 lately, so I thought it would be a good test to gauge how the colors look. I compared it with the Syncmaster 192T that I tested a while back. I noticed there is a bit less ghosting during active sequences from white to dark areas. The blurred image is due to my camera, not the fault of the LCD.
I also did a test using The Matrix during dojo scene. The image quality keeps up with the fast paced video of the scene.
I found the MagicTune software easy to use to adjust the monitor settings. One downfall is that the software is only available to Mac and Windows users. Linux users will probably not be able to adjust the 193P.
Overall, the 193P is a great upgrade from it's little brother, the 173P. Compared to the 192T, it's a step up in the visual quality. The sleek low heat design of the unit makes this a best buy if you are looking for a 19" model. Add to the fact that it is wall mountable and pivotable, it's a winner.