Setup and Testing
Setting up the monitor is just as easy as plugging in a keyboard and mouse. The first problem I encountered was a one inch boarder around the inside of the monitor when I was in 1080p setting with my graphics card. So I went into the ATI settings and fixed the display by enabling GPU scaling to get rid of the border. The next part of the testing was the fun part, which consisted largely of playing games and running monitor diagnostic tests.
I went into the settings to see what I had to work with. The first menu I got when pressing the menu button is a whole list of options. First I went into the brightness setting which was set at 50% so I had to put it up to 90% to get the picture quality I thought was the best. Then I moved onto the contrast and it was maxed out so I lowered it down to 80% to achieve what I thought was the better setting for it.
The first test I did was a contrast test which will help you choose your contrast settings. While using this test I had to fine tweak the settings just a little bit to get a better picture quality. They next test I ran was the sharpness test which enables you to adjust your monitor so that it look nice and crisp for display. At this point in the testing I was pretty pleased.
Next I tested the Color reproduction. I was pleasantly surprised by the vivid hue of the colors on the screen. After this test I did the all black screen test to see how much backlight bleeding was coming through. There proved to be just a little around the edge of the top and bottom which was far better than most of the LCD monitors I have used in the past.
Let the fun part of the testing begin! It’s game time. I started out with Just Cause 2. The game is like a mixture of GTA and Farcry put together. There was no video lag or ghosting thanks to the 3ms response time. I also played the newly released Starcraft 2. The graphics for Starcraft 2 are basically just updated Warcraft 3 graphics, but both looked great. Here are some of the shots from both the games.