Acer P243W 24 inch Widescreen ReviewMakaveli - June 1, 2008
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Set Up Display:
DisplayMate recommends that users run the “Set Up Display” applet before running any tests, so that you can properly configure your monitor. “Set Up Display” goes through many screens to help you adjust contrast, brightness, and other picture quality options. This is also an opportunity for you to spot any ghosting, which is what happens when color changes fluctuate or streak on the screen.
The first sections of the test deal with brightness and contrast, focusing on black and grayscale.
Later, the program starts testing color purity, color tracking, etc.
Color intensity is next, followed by Gamma tracking, size and position, sharpness and moiré interference patterns.
The last set of tests includes font size, bandwidth, and text readability evaluations, and a master screen, which you can use to execute a quick setup.
The Acer P243W has a 400cd/m2 rating (cd/m2 or candela per square meter, which indicates how well you can view a monitor/TV in bright light conditions), while the BenQ FP241VW has a 500cd/m2 rating. Optimally, you want higher numbers here, because that makes it easier to see the monitor in bright conditions. 400cd/m2 is better than the standard 350cd/m2 on most monitors. The BenQ obviously does better in situations where a bright light is shining on the monitor. The light in my room is not very bright, so I didn't have any issues with 400cd/m2.