Screen comparative test : CRT vs LCD More and more screen manufacturers are leaving the CRT market. Mitsubishi, LG and Samsung are the last three manufacturers. Even Sony, the Trinitron tube inventor, left the market. Iiyama, Viewsonic, Acer and a few other manufacturers still have a couple of CRT products but admit that they are leaving progressively the market and that they want to put forward their LCD screens.
Some of the manufacturers forecast a dark future for the CRT screens. They think that CRT screens will completely disappear in the next four years. According to these manufacturers everyone will use LCD screens. LCD screens are less bulky, more aesthetical, more practical, but also more expensive. So do they really represent a real progress? This polemical question needs to be clearly exposed.
There are dozens of screen comparative tests online and in magazines. However most of them are dedicated to LCD screens and some of them (rarer) to CRT screens. Now is the time to put face to face these screens and by looking at the challenger’s records this duel will be very interesting.
The challengers choice
On the left side of the ring, the BenQ FP767-12 with the 12 ms AU Optronics panel. This 17” equipped with a TN + Film panel is one of the best LCD screen ever released. Compared to the TFT equipped with Hydis 20 ms panel, the FP767-12 is less reactive but has more homogenous brightness, more accurate colors and wider viewing angles. MVA and PVA screens have even more wider angles but their response time measured is way below the BenQ.
The FP767-12 is an excellent reactivity and color quality compromise.
On the other side of the ring, the CRT Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 930SB. The name of the screen: Diamond Pro is already a proof of quality. This range is said to be the best on the market. The picture geometry is good and the product characteristics are above average: maximum definition 1920 x 1440 pixels 73 Hz, OptiClear (remove the possible reflections), horizontal frequencies 30 – 110 Khz…
Despite different sizes announced, the manufacturers recommend using both of them with the 1280 x 1024 resolution. The 767-12 screen size is 17” and the 930SB with the right settings reach 17.7”.
So the Mitsubishi has the biggest display area.