OMNITECH OM19WD LCD MONITOR

om19wdThe Omnitech OM19WD is a basic 19-inch LCD panel. When it was first released, the Omnitech OM19WD would have been considered a mainstream display. The DVI-D provides a direct digital connection to modern display adapters.

The OM19WD is sold widely by several OEM computer vendors. It’s apparently was made in China by V7.

The OM19WD has a thin-bezel design with a basic black finish. A hinged stand supports the 1,440-by-900 resolution panel, providing 20 degrees of tilt but no height or swivel adjustments.

Five black buttons located along the lower edge of the display are extremely difficult to identify due to the lack of labels. A low cost silkscreen would have make this monitor’s utility significantly higher.

Only the Auto control is a hotkey, which when pressed automatically adjusts the clock, focus, and image position. The menu button lets you manually adjust color temperature, brightness, focus, and other image-quality settings via an convenient on-screen menu system.

Playing games with it did not present any serious problems. We played several recent games such as Metro 2033 and the OM19WD is bright enough for dark tunnels. As expected some older games look stretched due to the limitations of the engine.

The OM19WD can do a reasonable job emulating a CRT during the boot into Windows. Even the BIOS is shown full screen fine with no problems. Works fine with our KVM switch as well using the VGA connector.

This panel only lasted a little over 4 years before it failed. Omnitech has had issues with poor quality components.

 

PC Connections VGA, DVI-D
Screen Size 19 inches
Colors 16,777,216 colors
Technology Twisted Nematic
Backlight Cold Cathode Flourescent
Resolution 1440×900
Pixel Density 72ppi
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Maximum Refresh 75 Hz
Response Time 8 ms
Contrast 700:1 typical
Luminance 325 cd/m2 typical
Landscape/Portrait Pivot no
Horizontal Viewing Angle 140&deg:
Active Power Consumption < 60 W
Standby Power Consumption < 2 W
Weight 4.7 kg
Regulatory Approvals FCC, CE, UL, C-Tick, TUV, NOM

The panel failed in late 2012 after over 4 years of service. The power supply feeding the cold cathode fluorescent backlight failed. We selected the Asus PA238QR LCD Monitor as the replacement.

BETTER COLOR

This monitor has much better color compared to our Acer AL1916. The OM19WD is slightly brighter too with better contrast.

Over time LCD panels have improved with better color and resolution and we expect this trend to continue.

DUST

We find that LCD panels are generally cleaner than the older CRT screens. This can be explained by the use of high voltage in the CRT that can create static charge that cause dust to cling to the surface. The LCD does not use high voltage so dust is not attracted to the screen.