There really is not a whole lot to do when testing a display, but we have setup a system that we test all new displays with. We test on movie and video playback, gaming, brightness / contrast, and color reproduction.
Brightness and contrast is something that you always want to look at when you are purchasing a monitor. 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 on the VLED221wm was set all the way up. This made the whites appear very bright, especially on websites, so I turned it down to about 70%. The display is also very sharp.
As I said on the previous page the color reproduction on the LCD is amazing, colors are bright and vibrant. I have not tested a monitor that has had the amazing color reproduction that the VLED221wm does, it’s very impressive. Our all black test was also equally impressive, if you look at the picture below it looks like the LCD is off, but it is on you can tell by the cursor in the bottom right part of the screen. One thing that is interesting is that when I closed the all black test the screen seems to fade back to normal colors.
Because of the excellent color reproduction and black levels movies and video look great on the VLED221wm, it has to be the best LCD for watching movies that I’ve seen. It would be a great choice for someone working in video production. I watched both movies and TV on the display and was very impressed.
I played quite a few games on the VLED221wm, including UT3, World of Warcraft and Counter-Strike: Source. The VLED221wm has a 5ms response time so I did not experience any ghosting. Also in games, especially UT3 the environments looked amazing, the colors really stood out.
The viewing angle is quite good as well, which is nice since this LCD is great for watching movies.
The speakers seem to have a little more power than other LCD speakers that we have seen, but they are nothing to rave about.