Iiyama ProLite B1906S1 review

£163
Price when reviewed

We’re so used to seeing widescreen monitors come through the door that it’s easy to forget just how many users still work with 4:3 monitors every day. Most manufacturers have been gradually phasing them out of their ranges, but those with an eye on business sales have kept a few standard models on the books.

Iiyama ProLite B1906S1 review

Iiyama’s ProLite B1906S is a fine example, with an old-school 1,280 x 1,024 resolution that’s still perfectly acceptable for document work and web browsing. It required no setting up, as the sRGB colour temperature provided neutral greys and a good compromise between whites and blacks. With a 250cd/m2 backlight it isn’t an overly bright TFT, but for work this is a blessing, and even when dealing with small text it never tired our eyes.

If you want to dim the screen further you’ll have to switch to Normal colour to enable the brightness controls, and the eco mode does a quick job for you with several preset levels. At its lowest setting it’s a little too dark for anything but white-background work, but a power draw of just 16W is impressive indeed. Even at full brightness we didn’t see it top 23W, so somewhere in between proves the ideal green compromise.

And the quality of the image is very high, with perfectly smooth colour gradients and a uniform backlight. Small text was reproduced sharply, while images showed a decent level of detail in dark areas, and the 800:1 contrast held up well, despite being lower than most modern TFTs. The lightest grey shades were visible on a white background, but the black tests were a little less impressive, with the bottom end of our gradient ramps a little thin. This will be less of an issue for a monitor designed for document work.

And when you throw in a set of perfectly reasonable speakers and a stand that swivels, pivots to portrait mode and lifts through 110mm of height adjustment, the seemingly dear £140 price tag begins to look more reasonable. The low power consumption and impressive picture offsets that further, making the Iiyama PLB1906S an excellent work choice for those who wish the world of TFTs wasn’t getting wider.

Details

Image quality 5

Main specifications

Screen size 19.0in
Aspect ratio 4:3
Resolution 1280 x 1024
Screen brightness 250cd/m2
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 800:1
Pixel pitch 0.294mm
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type Stereo
Speaker power ouput 1W
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 1
Headphone output no
Other audio connectors N/A

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA, 3.5mm audio
Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 23W
Idle power consumption 21W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings Warm, Normal, Cool, sRGB, User.

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle 170 degrees
Height adjustment 110mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? yes
Bezel width 15mm

Dimensions

Dimensions 409 x 250 x 415mm (WDH)
Weight 6.400kg

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