Philips 200XW 20 inch WSXGA LCD Monitor Reviewhardnrg - September 30, 2007
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Set Up Display:
DisplayMate suggests using the "Set Up Display" to properly set up your monitor before beginning any tests. The "Set Up Display" runs through many screens to help you adjust brightness, contrast and other picture quality enhancements. The "Set Up Display" consists of 34 different screens with different color variations and vars. Below are some screenshots of what I saw while running it.
The first four are concentrated on brightness and contrast that focus on black and grayscale.
The following progress from grayscale to white, while later testing color purity, color tracking, and so forth.
Color intensity, Gamma tracking, size and position, sharpness and moiré interference patterns are also included.
Last but not least, are text readability, font size, bandwidth, and a master screen that you can use to perform a quick setup.
This is the first time I have used this program and it took a while to get used to adjusting the monitor controls as well as the various DisplayMate controls in the tests. All the rooms in the house have diffused flourescent lighting, and I usually keep the curtains in my room closed on sunny days to eliminate any issues with glare (although that's rarely a problem in "sunny" England!). The first thing that struck me about the monitor was "AARG! My retinas are burning!" The display was just blindingly bright on the default settings. I tried setting the brightness to 0 and lowering the contrast, but even that was literally hurting my eyes. I ended up having to set a custom RGB color profile in the monitor OSD menu (Red: 65, Green: 65, Blue: 65) to achieve brightness and contrast levels that passed all the tests and also provided a display that was suitable for comfortable usage over long periods of time. I ended up homing in on the optimum settings for this monitor; brightness 4 and contrast 64. The brightness level may seem extreme, but after going through the tests several times, this was the best setting to achieve the correct black level. The screen positioning, sharpness and gamma tracking sections all appeared flawlessly. Moiré testing did not show any uneven fluctuations in the display, and the text testing showed that the minimal readable text in most fonts was an average of 9 pixels, 6.8 points. Video bandwidth, on checkerboard intensities was 254/255, with a video mode of 100.4. With the initial set up completed, the Tune Up Program was the next stage of configuration.