De­sign

test one Judg­ing us­abil­ity as well as aes­thet­ics

Mac Format - - RATED -

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.

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