LCD - Relisys TL775

Relisys is the monitor brand name of a large Taiwanese conglomerate known as the TECO group. Although the group is some 40 years old, Relisys branded monitors only became available in the UK in 2000.

One of the company’s latest LCDs is the TL775. Part of the Lifestyle range, the TL775 is clad in a plastic, silver-coloured chassis, with a bezel width that measures 3.5cm along the top, 3.8cm down the sides and about 7cm at its widest part along the bottom. Now to say it’s ugly would be going too far, but it’s one of those displays that you will either love or hate. To start with the OSD controls are all nested within a circular control pad in between the two integrated speakers. While this may look tidy, we found it a little irritating, partly because the power switch is located at the centre of the pad and is easily activated by accident when using the OSD, and partly because there’s a distracting set of LEDs that glow yellow in standby and an overpowering electric blue when the screen is switched on. That said, some users will undoubtedly love it.

Moving to the rear, you will find a single DVI-I port sitting next to the power adapter socket, and audio input, all hidden behind a flap. From the front, the stand hides the cables, giving a neat overall look. The base and neck of the stand are well designed too, making it easy to tilt the screen from the top. The forward centre of gravity lets you tilt quite far without worrying that it’s going to tip over. You can also release a locking mechanism and tilt the stand back so that the panel almost lies flat with the desk or, more appropriately, flat with a wall if you use the VESA wall mount located on the base.

Performance-wise the picture quality was generally good with colour scales showing no signs of compression at the highlight and dark ends. Colour purity was constant too, but not as lively as that seen in the ViewSonic. The viewing angle in the horizontal plane was also close to the 140 degrees stated by Relisys. In the vertical plane, it’s not quite as broad and if you bob your head up and down several centimetres you can clearly make out a change in hue. DVD playback was much better than the CTX with fewer compression artefacts and smoother motion, attributable to the displays 16ms response time. Skin tones also looked more realistic and the sound quality had more bass than both the CTX and the ADI.

Returning to that 5-button pad controlled OSD, pressing the menu/enter button fires up an eight-tabbed OSD that uses icons, with out descriptions, to divide out the settings. Navigation is relatively simple, but is hampered by the fact that you always have to scroll to an exit button to escape from each menu. Settings for phase, clock, and position together with an auto adjust function are available when using the DVI-I in analogue mode with the supplied RGB to DVI converter cable. Relisys also throws in a DVI-to-DVI cable for those with a DVI-enabled graphics card. Finally, like many of the flat-panels on test you get two preset colour temperatures and the option of adjusting the RGB signals. An sRGB setting is also available.

Verdict

Considering that the TL775 is the second cheapest LCD after the Hercules, you do get a lot of functionality for your money. While some users will question its looks and the changes in hue through the vertical viewing plane, you can argue that the TL775 makes an economical first-time buy.

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