Although very new in the Philippines, Chi Mei is a big player in Taiwan (#2) and slowly inching as one of the top producers of LCD panels in the world (ranked #3 globally). I’ve seen the LCD TVs being sold in stores but didn’t know they also do LCD monitors. PC Trends sent in a demo unit — a 21.6″ Full HD Chimei LCD monitor.
What Chimei lacked in brand recognition and popularity, it makes up in specs and affordability. The design reminded me of my old Samsung 940BW LCD monitors. If I am not mistaken, Samsung gets its LCD panels from Chi Mei in their TV line-up.
Full HD 1920×1080 resolution (1080p)
20,000:1 contrast ratio
5ms response time
300 cd/mÂ² (brightness)
D-Sub + DVI input connector
2 x 1-watt speakers
On top of the list is the huge screen resolution (1920×1080) and the contrast ratio (20,000:1). I currently have two 22″ Samsung LCDs and one only has 3,000:1 while the other has 15,000:1 contrast ratio. The contrast difference is more evident during video playback.
With those specs, big name players would sell a 22″ Full HD LCD monitor between Php15,000 to Php25,000. The Chimei 22QD sells for just Php7,900 to Php8,100 depending on which store you get it. Now that’s really cheap.