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Hyundai Imagequest L90D+ 19-inch LCD display

The ImageQuest Pivots but no pivoting software ships with it By John Virata

The Hyundai Imagequest L90D+ is a 19-inch LCD display that offers up to SXGA (1280 x 1024) resolutions as well as analog and digital connections. Targeted at the lower end of the 19-inch LCD market, the display has a contrast ratio of 700:1 and built-in two-watt speakers with an earphone jack. While the market is absolutely saturated with entry level 19 inch LCD displays, the L90D does have a few things that differentiate it from the rest.

First is the display's capability to convert from the traditional landscape mode to portrait mode. Yes this sub $400 display offers the capability to view your screen in portrait mode, which is especially useful for those who edit images that are shot in portrait mode, or for those who spend long hours reading news websites and the like. Now for the not so good news. Even though the display supports this feature, there is no software that ships with the display that enables you to take advantage of it right out of the box, which is a shame. There aren't a lot of displays in this price range that can pivot to portrait mode. So you have to purchase a third party software that will enable you to take advantage of this feature. Big bummer.

I did test the pivoting feature with a trial version of Portrait Displays Pivot Pro, a $39.95 application that enables you to take advantage of one of the L90D's biggest differentiating feature with other displays in its price range.  The pivot software enables you to pivot the display 90, 180 or 270 degrees. If Hyundai is going to offer a display that supports pivoting, it should include the pivoting software in the purchase price of the display.

Adjusting the display is done via Hyundai's Image Tune software. There are five modules available within Image Tune to fine tune your display. Adjust, which enables you to adjust the display's resolution, brightness, contrast; Wizard, which enables you to calibrate your display by adjusting the brightness and contrast; Options, which offers access to preferences that enable you to configure Image Tune so you have access to it by right clicking the desktop, having it launch via the task tray menu, or run at system startup. You can upgrade Image Tune software via the upgrade option in the left menu; Asset ID, which provides detailed information with regard to the model number of the display, manufacturing date, resolution, screen size, display gamma, red green, and blue chromaticity, and white point; and Input, which details the display input, either analog or digital. Image Tune's BrightQuest offers the capability to adjust the display for a specific computing task. The task choices include Text, for reading text, Internet for cruising the Internet, and Entertain, which adjusts the display when you might be watching a DVD or other video-type event. BrightQuest will make adjustments according to the specific task of your choosing. Plugins features three tasks that you can work with, Asset management and color calibration, which are covered in previous wizards, and Theft Deterrence, which enables you to lock the display to your computer via PIN number. If the display is removed from the computer, a PIN number is required for the display to work with a different computer.  Once you've made the adjustments you can save them as a preset.

Overall Impressions
The Hyundai L90D+ is a decent display that offers the capability to pivot, so you can work in portrait or the more traditional landscape mode. For most business type tasks, the display is a worthy replacement to the aging CRT. Colors were decent, if not unremarkable, though Internet text using the BrightQuest Internet mode looked somewhat blurred. The anti-theft feature is an interesting feature for a computer display, though it could be justified in certain situations where work spaces could be easily compromised. Controls for brightness, contrast, language, audio, and input select are accessed via buttons underneath the right corner of the display. The display also has built in speakers, though they weren't anything to write home about. The positives to this display are the capability to pivot it as well as its three year warranty. If you are willing to fork out the extra $39.95 or so for the pivoting software, and you absolutely need a pivoting display, then this might be the right solution for you. If not, you may be better off looking for a traditional LCD that offers better color and text capabilities.   

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John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at [email protected]
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