Geeks Soyo Pearl 24″ LCD Monitor

First thoughts on the Soyo Pearl Monitor

Sometimes it’s more important to choose a high-quality product that suits your needs rather than choosing the largest, more expensive one. Today, we will be testing that theory when we examine a monitor that Geeks.com sent us: the Soyo 24” Pearl LCD monitor. While other computer monitors out there are larger and offer better specifications, does this monitor provide a decent picture at a reasonable price? Read on to find out.

About Geeks.com

Geeks website- www.geeks.com

Links to the product pages:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=MT-NI-DYLM24E6-R&cat=MON

http://www.geeks.com/products.asp?Cat=MON

If the products are not in stock, an email restock notification service is available.

Features/Specifications:
24-inch Soyo Pearl MT-NI-DYLM24E6 DVI Widescreen TFT LCD Monitor

General Features:
Black cabinet
24-inch Color TFT Active Matrix WUXGA LCD display
Built-in 2 x 2-watt speakers
1920 x 1200 native resolution
0.270 mm pixel pitch
500 nits brightness
1000:1 contrast ratio
2 ms response time
16.7 million display colors
135 MHz bandwidth
178-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angle
30 – 80 KHz horizontal scanning frequency
50 – 75 Hz vertical scanning frequency
Plug and Play
Wall mountable
OSD Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplify
Certified for Windows Vista

Connectors:
DVI-D
Audio in
15-pin VGA

Power Specifications:
100 – 240V, 50/60Hz, 1.5A max

Unit Dimensions:
18.23 x 22.44 x 10.63-inches with stand (H x W x D, approximate)
15.75 x 22.44 x 4.25-inches without stand (H x W x D, approximate)

Regulatory Approvals:
FCC
CE
cULus
TUV
RoHS

Package Includes:
24-inch Soyo Pearl MT-NI-DYLM24E6 DVI Widescreen TFT LCD Monitor
Manual
Stand
VGA cable
Audio cable
Power cord

The product

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Like all products we’ve received from Geeks, the Soyo 24” \ Widescreen LCD monitor arrived undamaged in a sturdy cardboard box. The monitor itself comes packaged in a cardboard box with a carrying handle and a list of features on the outside.

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Opening the box, the monitor is well secured in a custom styrofoam form, with the accessories packaged securely inside in separate bags. Unwrapping the monitor from its padded bag, we find an all-black, thin, LCD monitor. If you haven’t experienced a widescreen monitor before, you will immediately notice the different aspect ratio as compared to a standard monitor. The package also comes with a stand, standard power cable, VGA cable, and set of instructions. However, the one thing that is missing that you really do need is a DVI cable; DVI (digital video interface) allows you to send a digital video signal instead of an analog one, which results in a better picture. I think not including a DVI cable is a mistake on Soyo’s part, though you can get a great deal on one from Geeks.com.

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After setting the monitor on the stand and standing it up, we get a better view of how thin the LCD is. The base allows the monitor to be tilted but lacked a height adjustment.

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Looking at the back of the monitor, we see the ports for the power, audio, VGA, and DVI connections, which are oriented vertically to allow for wall mounting. While I’m not positive, I believe the mounting holes are VESA compatible which would allow for mounting using a VESA-compatible stand or wal mount.

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On the front of the monitor, we see 5 buttons, corresponding to the power button and 4 menu/configuration buttons. Comparing this to a 22” monitor and a 19” one, we see that larger screen definitely makes a big difference. The viewable surface area is much larger.

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Comments

  1. Wow a 27 inch with a crappy resolution, no DVI or display port yet it still gets a editors choice.

  2. why did I have to click the link to find out the resolution? Could you not have included it with the specs?

  3. dispatcher says:

    Nevermind the resolution. It’s just what I’m looking for with this screensize. 😉
    Not all users have the eyesight and/or Graphics Card to run higher resolutions comfortably.

    Pictures are nice, but text contents of this review could have been a little more in-depth.

    Regarding the bad blacks, i wonder if it wouldn’t be better to turn down brightness somewhat.
    In one of the pictures it is at 90%!

    • Thank you for your input, it is appreciated. I played around with the contrast and brightness after taking the images but I never found a decent balance.

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