When playing in the dark, there was also some noticeable backlight bleed, which might put the fussier player off.
The DisplayMate tests reflected the real world testing. The fade to black on the 256 level intensity ramp was quite uneven, particularly on the reds.
The final test was of the integrated speakers, which are placed on the underneath of the bezel and point downwards. Quite simply, these are the worst speakers I’ve ever heard. The power output is so low that even when blasting music at full volume, it was barely audible. I thought they might be ok for basic Windows noises but I could barely hear when I received an instant message ping. If there was a pin dropping in the room, you wouldn’t be able to hear them at all. The speakers are nothing short of pathetic and Mirai would be better off removing them to reduce costs.
This was a shame, as this tainted my opinion of what is really a very decent display. It’s a far cry from the quality of the superb Samsung 215TW, but then that display is nearly twice the price and one inch smaller. The Samsung SyncMaster 205BW is another alternative and is a better overall display, but it is two inches smaller and when all is said and done, it does count for a lot.
I found that the 1,680 x 1,050 resolution felt very comfortable on the 22in display and it was fine to use with email and web browsing. It may not be perfect overall, particularly in terms of colour saturation, but if you’re looking for a big display for every day use and some gaming and have a budget, you won’t be disappointed.
The Mirai DML-522W100 is a new category of display – a 22in widescreen with a 1,680 x 1,050 that’s blatantly aimed at those who want to go large on a budget. It admittedly has its flaws, but one could hardly expect perfection at the given price, which is likely to be even lower in the street. The 22in Mirai is eminently affordable and highly watchable and likely to fly off the shelves.
N.B. Monitor is only available from late September 2006.
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