Usage & Testing
Getting the E2050 setup is very easy, just plug the power in and connect it to your PC. I have actually been using the E2050 for about 2 weeks now as the main display for my test machines. So I’ve done pretty much everything on the E2050 from general web surfing to gaming. Before we get into that let’s do some of the calibration tests from AIDA 64.
The first is brightness and contrast, 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. The brightness was set perfectly and I didn’t have to adjust anything. The sharpness test was next and I noticed that the lines were very crisp and smooth.
As far as color reproduction goes this display is awesome! All colors are very vibrant and look great. 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. That black test showed almost no backlighting at all, many LED screens are like this. The picture below really does not do the display justice.
I played many different games on the E2050 including Crysis Warhead, Counter-Strike: Source, and Left 4 Dead 2. All these games looked great and the color reproduction made me feel more connected with the games as I was playing them. You can really tell the difference between this screen and a non-LED backlit screen. The 5ms response time is good and there was no noticeable ghosting at all. I also ran all of our game benchmarks using the display and they looked great.
This being a 20-inch screen you only have a max resolution of 1600 x 900, I didn’t that would be large enough for me, I normally use two 24-inch screen, but I really did like the size. I was large enough for having multiple windows open, viewing larger websites and of course playing games.
The on-screen menu is really easy to navigate by the touch-sensitive buttons on the front of the display. You have your basic options here, nothing really special.