test one Judging usability as well as aesthetics
Full marks for Dell. You might not expect such a PC stalwart to make a piece of kit that holds its own next to Apple gear, but not only does it look smart – distinct shades of the original iPad in the bezel – but it oozes quality too. The stand is metal, the adjustment mechanisms sturdy and it has the least amount of wobble here. Plus, the menu system is a delight. Contrast it with ASUS, whose display has one of the most infuriating on-screen displays (OSD) we’ve ever had the misfortune to swear at.
The ASUS’s styling is bland but inoffensive, like the Iiyama and the slightly thicker-bezeled AOC. Iiyama gets some kudos for a lightly textured dark grey plastic rather than the flat black used by the other two, though while its OSD and its controls are reasonable to use, their placement meant we inadvertently switched it off when raising it.
Philips makes some beautiful TVs, but its display here is a touch ugly. The style of Lenovo’s display might appeal, but it’s not that Apple-y, and there’s no turn in the base.