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Tom C.

Tom C.

Joined on 10/31/01

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Good for gaming and office work. Bad for color work.

Hanns-G JW-199DPB 19" WXGA 1440 x 900 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
Hanns-G JW-199DPB 19" WXGA 1440 x 900 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: This is a very good screen for gaming and office-type work. Note that you need to use the DVI connection if you want to get the best performance out of it, the native resolution is so high. Be sure to turn on ClearType in the Windows XP Display control panel, it makes fonts more readable on this type of screen. Also, visit Microsoft's "ClearType Tuner" web page to tweak your ClearType settings, you'll get crisp font viewing if you do.

Cons: This is a very bad screen for color-critical work. I don't blame the screen, it isn't advertised as such, I just thought a modern TN-technology panel might have improvements over older tech and wanted to try it out. TN panel technology is cheaper and faster at refresh, but subtle color is off. If you notice a graduated darkening from top to bottom, that is the color shifting as the view angle from your eyes shifts. Look at it from the extreme top or bottom and you'll see how dark it can get. You can create color profiles to get it close to color correct, but you end up adjusting the R,G and B gamma so much that you compress the digital color range. I may have reduced blue to the equivalent of 3 bits to get it correct. The result of this compression is dithering/banding across graduations. I was unable to ever get blacks and dark grays color corrected.

Overall Review: This is a very nice monitor for gaming. TN panels are very fast, but they just aren't good at color reproduction. SIPS panels at the high end are very good at color and are getting better on speed. If you are a gamer, and if the slight-but-visible color shifting across the surface doesn't bother you, this is a good screen for the price.