On the other hand, the Samsung was a £400 unit, whereas the M1910A will only set you back £289.99 - fair money for a 19in LCD with a 1,280 x 1,024 native resolution. So why the price difference? Well apart from the omissions already mentioned, savings have been made at the cost of connectivity. First and foremost, there’s no DVI port - just a single D-SUB one. That means you will (as I have) be pressing that Auto button on the monitor’s fascia every so often to bring the analogue signal back into line. In fact, it was quite common for the pixel tracking and timing lock to drift over time, resulting in blurry text and a noisier picture. This doesn’t occur when a DVI port is used, so you can understand my disappointment over the lack of one.
Secondly there are no component ports, not that I’d advocate using this as your main TV-set and hooking it up to a high-end DVD player. Furthermore, there’s no RGB SCART socket. What you do get around the back are composite video, S-Video and stereo RCA ports, enough for a simple set-up with a DVD or VCR - fine for most users. The composite video is also useful for viewing pictures/movies directly from a compatible digital camera or camcorder.
The ports are joined by the ubiquitous audio-in jack and a headphone jack, although the latter would be better placed on the front of the chassis for easy access. Cables are a bit thin on the ground consisting of an RCA to SCART cable, a mini-jack audio cable, and a D-SUB cable. The power supply is integrated to keep things tidy, and the trailing leads can be gathered up into two clips mounted either side of the stand’s neck. Speaking of the stand, the example on the M1910A is a little disappointing. This is a tilt-only display and as I write this review I can’t help but feel it sits a little too low on my desk. Those looking for a height-adjustable and/or pivoting monitor will have to look elsewhere.