I did the majority of my testing on my main system. Normally, I use two 22" Chimei widescreen monitors and span my desktop across both screens. To test the X2gen, I simply removed one of the 22" screens and replaced it with the 19" X2gen.
With most LCD monitors I have used in the past, I simply rely on the Auto setting then turn down the brightness slightly... but that was not the case with the X2gen. The Auto setting gave me a really weird colored screen, so I went through the Menu and manually adjusted the colors to better match those of my other monitor. This only took a few minutes, but the Auto feature would have been much easier.
I used the X2gen monitor in conjunction with my 22" Chimei for several days and conducted a variety of different "tests" on the screen. The first was simply everyday usage: doing website tasks, surfing the net, checking email, updating spreadsheets, etc. The X2gen excelled just fine here and I found no issues at all.
I use a TV Tuner card with my main computer and thus, 90% of my television-watching happens on the computer (the PVR function rocks!). The X2gen had no problems here either, both in windowed view and at full screen. The same could be said for watching movie files and DVDs - no problems noted.
I also tried some light gaming (I no longer have a powerful gaming card) using Need for Speed: Underground II. The X2gen had no problems with this game's fast-moving scenery; I was pretty impressed.
I only tested the built-in speakers briefly, as I feel that most any user in their right mind would already have a decent set of speakers for gaming, music or movies. The speakers worked fine, although don't expect great quality from them.
I also tested this monitor in portrait mode, that is, rotating the display 90-degrees so you have more vertical viewing area. While this did work, the width of the screen at max resolution was a bit low for most sites and required horizontal scrolling to see most pages fully. This isn't really a pro or con, but something I wanted to mention.
The X2gen 19" widescreen LCD monitor performed better than expected during my evaluation period. As far as image quality, the X2gen seemed to have more vibrant colors than my Chimei monitor. You can see this pretty clearly in the photos above. The screen performed well in all of my testing, including everyday "work" type use, TV, movies and light gaming. I didn't notice any backlight bleeding, which is something commonly found with cheaper LCD monitors. The included speakers are a nice touch if you plan to use this monitor in an office setting or somewhere similar, but those using this screen on their gaming or main PC will most certainly want to use their own speakers. The ability to wall-mount the screen adds to the overall value, but you will need to purchase the mounting hardware separate, which is common with most monitors.
Overall this is a pretty decent monitor, although it does have a few faults. Our review sample arrived with two "stuck" pixels: one red and one blue. I tried a few software "unstickers", which I let run for several hours, but nothing seemed to help. There was also a slightly visible dark spot near the center of the screen, but it was only visible on white backgrounds and wasn't very noticeable. Stuff like this is luck-of-the-draw, and well within Geek's LCD Display Disclosure policy. I was a bit disappointed that there was no DVI cable or even a VGA-to-DVI adapter included, considering the monitor has a DVI port.
As of writing, the X2gen 19" widescreen LCD monitor retails for $169.99 USD over at Geeks.com
Thanks to Geeks for providing us with this review sample.