Performance - Quality Testing
Performance - Quality Testing
As per our usual runs with monitors, we first calibrated the color temperature settings via Datacolor's Spyder 3 Elite for LCD Monitors. Brightness and contrast settings were left at factory default as per usual, before we began testing with our favorite display testing program: DisplayMate for Windows Multimedia with Motion Edition 2.0. The monitor was set at its native resolution of 1680 x 1050 @ 60Hz on the DVI connection.
- Circular Geometry, Cross hatch and Dot
No problems were detected as it should be for most monitors on DVI connectivity. All geometric shapes, cross hatches and dots were in a proper position and not distorted at all.
- Screen Uniformity
No tints or variations or were detected on the tests done for this monitor.
- Stuck Pixel
No stuck pixels were detected on our review unit.
- Pixel Tracking and Timing-Lock
Our results for both tests showed no visible noise which again confirms a good digital signal thanks to DVI connectivity.
- Dark Screen
Here's where things get tricky. Like most screens with dynamic contrast ratio functions that we've been getting our hands on lately, the dark screen is actually dark when the Digital Fine Contrast (DFC) function kicks in. The fade to black is quite obvious though, and in the brief moments before it activates, we noticed some backlight bleeding in from the sides.
- Dark Gray Scale
We detected a problem with test pattern value 4, as it showed one version slightly darker than the other version. Normally both values should be of the same brightness. Otherwise, the monitor performed pretty good as we were able to discern up to the index value of 4 as mentioned, while the normal threshold limit is actually around 6 according to the test program.
- White Level Saturation
We were hoping for much better results based on the previous test, and it was a downer when we could only barely make out pattern 251 after some pretty intensive squinting on our part.
- Color Tracking
No issues were detected with the color tracking test for the monitor. Darker hues displayed fine.
- 64/256 Intensity Level Ramp, 256 Intensity Color Level Ramp
Some slightly darker banding was noticeable for both tests, we found that it was slightly compressed together, especially for the darker reds. Otherwise though, we found that we could easily separate the higher levels of the colors. This is quite important when we talk about movies, so you'll soon see how this monitor handles for our movie tests.
- Color Scales
Again, we noticed some slight problems with the darker shades of red, otherwise we noticed that the monitor did quite well, as all the darker shades of every color displayed (except for darker red) turned out pretty much distinct from each other.
- Scaled Font
Both serif and san serif fonts of the smallest size (9 pixels, 6.8 points) were crisp and sharp, though we did note some really insignificant blurring for the white text on black background test, it really doesn't affect the results of this test.