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22-inch 3D Vision LCD Monitor Showdown - Samsung vs. Viewsonic

22-inch 3D Vision LCD Monitor Showdown - Samsung vs. Viewsonic



ViewSonic VX2268WM - Performance

ViewSonic VX2268WM - Performance

As per our usual monitor tests, we first calibrated color temperature settings with the handy Datacolor Syder 3 Elite for LCD Monitors and then progressed to use a display testing program: DisplayMate for Windows Multimedia with Motion Edition 2.0. Monitor was set at its native resolution of 1680x1050 @ 60Hz on the DVI connection.

At the onset, we realized that colors on the monitor were too bright and had a rather strong yellow, greenish tinge to it. This was easily rectified after calibration - colors turned out more true to the sample images displayed.

 


 


We promptly tested the monitor on DisplayMate, and were reasonably surprised by its decent performance.

Circular Geometry, Cross Hatch and Dot:- No problems here. All shapes, crosses and dots were properly aligned and undistorted as expected from a monitor on DVI connectivity.

Screen Uniformity:- Screen luminosity was smooth throughout and thankfully, no variations or tints across the color tests were detected.

Stuck Pixel:- None were observed.

Dark Screen:- Backlight bleeding fairly noticeable on the upper and bottom fringes of the screen. With Dynamic Contrast on, backlight bleeding is slightly reduced but still noticeable.

Dark Gray Scale:- We weren't too pleased with the results here as the monitor only performed reasonably up to test pattern value 8, but had a problem with test pattern value 6 - one was darker than the other version when they should have been of the same level of brightness.

White Level Saturation:- Pattern 251 was clearly discernible, but 252 cannot be distinguished even after a severe case of squinting on our part.

Color Tracking:- No problems faced here as all hues, even the darker ones, were displayed correctly.

64/256 Intensity Level Ramp, 256 Intensity Color Ramp:- Gradation is shown to be extremely smooth with no visible quirks in all colors until towards the end. Some darker banding was noticeable in the darker reds and greens, but the higher levels of colors displayed no quirks.


Color Scales:- While all shades, including the darker ones, were distinct from each other, we noticed that though the greys were more or less evenly matched, the reds were unnaturally intense.


Scaled Font:-
The VX2268WM also performed well in terms of sharpness as even the smallest fonts (9 pixels, 6.8 points) were clearly readable and crisp on both black and white backgrounds.

Video Playback:- For our video playback testing, we used two high definition movie trailers, namely: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, and The Dark Knight. While playing movie clips on the monitor, blacks on the screen were congruent with those within the clip, and were displayed with decent crispness and natural color vibrancy. We spotted no ghosting or distortion as well. However, there was rather strong backlight bleeding both at the top and bottom fringes of the letterbox bars.

We tried watching both clips with Dynamic Contrast on, and that's where the viewing experience became a little worse as some scenes were dimmed abruptly, transitions seemed obvious and unnatural especially on The Dark Knight. Some scenes in Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix became too dark to make out any details.