|SOYO 26-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor DYLM26E6|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Monitor | HDTV|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 29 June 2008|
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DYLM26E6 Detailed Features
SOYO successfully engineered the Topaz monitor series last year, and when they developed the Pearl series many of the same technologies were used. The 26" Pearl series widescreen monitor is built upon the Twisted Nematic LCD technology, whereas the SOYO DYLM24D6 used PVA technology. While the TN panel used in the MT-NI-DYLM26E6 offers a fast 2 ms response time, contrast and color are considered by most LCD panel snobs to be low grade while the viewing angle is the most restricted of all LCD panel technologies. Another downside inherent to the TN panel technology is a reduced color gamut. Unlike most 8-bit panels (which include S-IPS/S-PVA/MVA technologies), TN panels are only capable of 6-bit and are unable to display all 16.7 million colors available in 24-bit true color. Instead, TN panels must use dithering to match the 16.7 million colors of 8-bit panels, which will often degrade image quality.
TN display panels are the most common part in budget monitors, and yet still offer excellent response times to reduce ghosting in fast-motion video or games. For most casual users who browse the web or use common productivity applications, there isn't any dramatically perceivable difference in picture quality. Even hardcore gamers would be hard-pressed to complain about their experience on a Twisted Nematic monitor. But there are always a select few who demand only the absolute best, which is understandable considering that the product spectrum is so wide; however that elitist attitude will cost you more than twice the purchase price of the produce we're testing here today.
TN Panels have become a popular technology for LCD manufacturers because of the reduced production cost of the unit, and consumers like them just as much because they are very inexpensive. Presently the TN display technology is used primarily in larger 20"-26" standard and widescreen LCD panels, which covers is a tremendously large segment of popular sizes from the middle- to high-end market. Since many consumers base their monitor purchase solely on size and price, an average 26" TN panel based monitor will generally cost much less than other monitors using different panel technologies.
The front bezel offers a Spartan assortment of menu buttons to control the on-screen display (OSD). There's an automatic adjustment for D-Sub analog connections, the primary menu option, power, and a minus and plus button for moving and selecting options.
At the backside of the SOYO DYLM26E6 (pictured below with stand removed), there is very little landscape to survey. Essentially, the features can be summed-up by mentioning the speakers, power input, D-Sub analog video connection, DVI (Dual Link) digital video connection, and audio input mini-jack.
While I clearly realize this is a product aimed for the lower- to middle-market, I still wonder how much the production cost would be raised by including HDMI or DisplayPort connections to the SOYO DYLM26E6. While DVI is the de-facto standard anymore, I am eager to see the day that DisplayPort will supposedly replace HDMI and become an equally common feature on even the most basic budget product models.
The base portion of the support stand presses into the neck portion, so no tools are required. The base, similar to the rear of the unit but unlike the bezel, is finished in a flat black with sand-pebble finish.
While the integrated speakers are nothing special, as you would expect a 2W + 2W pair to perform, the most basic audio tones are reproduced incredibly well. I wouldn't suggest using the Pearl-series monitor to replace your component speaker system if you're a gamer or listen to high-quality music, but if all you do is watch low-quality online video or streaming audio they will suffice.
Even a budget-priced product should be protected from theft, and SOYO includes a Kensington Security Slot (also called K-slot or K-lock). Using an aftermarket security cable kit, this monitor can be fastened to a stationary desktop or table. As a network administrator for many small and medium-sized businesses, I can assure you that nice LCD monitors do seem to disappear without a trace on a frequent basis. If this item is going to be placed in a public environment or open office space, I recommend the ten-dollar kit to protect your assets.
SOYO includes the power cable, audio patch cable, and analog D-Sub video connection cable. What's missing is the DVI cable, which is the current standard for monitor connections. The SOYO DYLM26E6 can accept either DVI-D Dual Link or Single Link cables; so keep this in mind while shopping for one.
In the next section, I briefly describe the on-screen menu system and the tuning options included therein. If you're considering this product, then it would be advisable to tune in.