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Inside the OSD there are options to alter the colour temperature between 9300K, 7500K, and 6500K but because of the colour cast that each of these puts on the screen I stuck with the User Preset option, which defaults to Red, Green, Blue (RGB) at 100 per cent. Inside Miscellaneous, is an option to alter the sharpness, which has five settings and defaults to 3.
On initial set up the screen was intensely bright and some toning down was necessary. In Windows I immediately could see that the Iiyama has a problem with vertical viewing angles just as the Mirai did. This is a disadvantage inherent in TN technology on which both the Mirai and the Iiyama are based. I found I had to tilt the screen very precisely to be able to see the text of my browser toolbar favourites without colour shift, at the same time as the bottom of the screen. Viewing angle to the side however, were actually very impressive.
My first actual test was the demanding DisplayMate, which picked up some problems. I could detect some yellowish and greenish patches of colour in certain areas and in the colour purity tests I found that there were darker areas at the top and the sides. Generally speaking, colours also seemed quite muted.
Video performance was quite respectable. If you’re just looking for a screen that’s that bit larger for watching video then this will suffice. However, note that while 1,050 lines is enough for 720 line HD files it’s not enough for 1080 material. However, much of that will come from HD DVD or Blu-ray and as this screen is not HDCP compliant, you won’t be watching those on this screen anyway. Meanwhile the 256-level intensity test revealed some noticeable banding.
I them moved onto viewing actual images, comparing and contrasting with a Dell 2407. The Dell showed up more detail in darker areas and overall colours were more vivid, which is saying something as the Dell isn’t the best for images.
When watching moving images the smoothness was apparent thanks to the very quick response time. However, contrast levels could have been better with the picture being a tad washed out.
The final test was a bout of game playing and found that it was perfectly adequate. Colour and contrast again could have been better, but I quickly got into the game rather than worrying about it.
It does sound as though I’m being quite harsh, but I think that this stems from this being an Iiyama – I expect a lot from this brand name. Overall, image equality is good but not fantastic but it does outperform the Mirai, which is enough to justify the extra cost over it.
If you’re concerned about colour accuracy, or indeed design, this isn’t a suitable monitor. For casual though, for gaming and general office work this is a decent screen, though I would like to see a screen of this size with a better quality IPS technology.
This is the second monitor of this size and resolution we’ve seen. It justifies being more expensive than the Mirai by being slightly better. Hopefully, this sort of display will be a success for Iiyama enabling it to bring out higher-end models in the future.
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