Usage & Testing
I used the monitor for several days for day-to-day tasks such as word processing, web browsing, and programming. I also played some games and watched some movies with it.
I found the DPI of the monitor to be easier on the eye than my Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP, a 20.” wide screen with a resolution of 1680×1050, same as this one. The response time and contrast ratio are much better, as well: 16 ms/500:1 on the Dell, 5 ms/3000:1 on this one. I was able to see things more clearly, and there was very, very little ghosting for both productivity tests and gaming tests.
There is a significant edge bleed, though. When the display is black, the light bleed extends approximately an inch into the picture. This bleed is noticeable in the video I took while watching From Dusk Till Dawn.
I had problems adjusting the display to look right with Gears of War. Also, because the screen is glossy, I had to turn off all of the lights in the room in order to avoid a clear reflection of myself on the monitor. This is a quality inherent to glossy displays, though.
I used Everest’s Monitor Diagnostics tool to see some of the qualities which aren’t as apparent with day-to-day use.
Brightness and contrast are important factors to consider when purchasing a monitor. The basic heuristic is that the display should not be too dull-too bright is acceptable because the brightness level can always be decreased. The brightness on the TS-22W7H was maxed by default. White levels were far, far to bright-especially on web sites, so I turned it down, along with the contrast. This monitor is exceptionally sharp, though.
Even though a color palate test shows off the excellent vibrance of the display, the black levels aren’t very good. There’s a significant light bleed from the bottom of the screen-it’s enough to ruin a perfectly black picture. This is a serious issue to consider.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.