General Usage & Testing
I connected the display up to one of our test machines and the first thing I noticed was that the stand was a bit wobbly. Not enough to say fall over if I bumped into the desk, but the stand isn’t that sturdy. The display itself has a nice large resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is full HD resolution and allows for a lot of screen space.
You can access the on screen menu by pressing the menu button on the front of the display. The menu is pretty simple, you have all the necessary settings and it is pretty easy to navigate. There are no profile settings, which I have seen a lot of in newer displays.
Our first test with this display was the brightness and contrast test. The basic rule of thumb is you don’t want the display to be too dull, too bright is ok because you can always turn that down. When I first turned the display on it was a bit dull so I turned the brightness up to 90 and the contrast up to 80 and things started to look very good. This is one of the only displays that I’ve actually had to turn the brightness up on, that worries me.
Color reproduction on this display is great, as it is on most new displays these days. The all black test is a good way to see how much backlighting will bleed through when say you are watching a movie or playing a game with dark scenes. The all black test showed a lot of light coming from the bottom of the display and noticeable light coming from both sides. This is a sign of bad backlighting.
Since this display was connected to one of our test machines I loaded up a few games. All games played very well and the 5ms response time is very adequate for gaming. I also played a few HD movies and they all played perfectly. There were no skipped frames or “noise” in the picture.