Using the above-mentioned avMode button you can select from six presets: “Text”, “Movie” and “Game” in “day” and “night” versions each. But I found that each preset only adjusted the contrast setting and nothing else. The “day” Text mode is selected by default (it corresponds to 42% contrast) and I tested the monitor in it. The darkest preset corresponds to 34% contrast and the lightest to 48% contrast.
Besides that, you can open a menu of the Luminance setting by pressing the “Left” and “Right” buttons when outside the main menu. This setting is adjusted from 1 to 10 stepping 1. You may be surprised, but this option too does nothing else but controls the contrast setting (from 24% to 48% - you can see the contrast setting in the main menu changing accordingly). So, the M-17 offers you a widest variety of ways to change the contrast.
The monitor’s default brightness is set at 65%, and contrast at 42%. You may not want to increase the contrast setting because light colors vanish at 45% and higher contrast and become the same as pure white. To achieve 100nit brightness of white I chose 40% brightness and 36% contrast for digital connection and 40% of both brightness and contrast for analog connection.
The reproduction of colors depends strongly on the contrast setting and is overall average. Color gradients look well only at 48% contrast, but shades of gray from 97% and lighter become undistinguishable from white at that. When the contrast is set lower, the gradients have cross stripes that vary from narrow and regular stripes to wide stripes with non-uniform brightness (that is, there may be a lighter stripe between two darker ones, despite the gradient being absolutely monotonous). The shape of the stripes depends on the selected value of contrast.
The viewing angles of the monitor are good, but the vertical angles betray a TN+Film matrix immediately.
The color reproduction setup isn’t accurate: the color curves deflect noticeably from the ideal into both sides (lights are reproduced lighter and darks darker than they should be).
At the reduced brightness the monitor stops to distinguish between some darks. You can see this, although not as clearly as on the above-described model from LG.
The color reproduction setup is the same irrespective of the connection type (analog or digital).
The color temperature is set up better in the “Warm” mode. The “Normal” mode, preferable for a majority of users, has a big difference between the temperatures of white and gray, up to 1500K, mostly due to the too warm white.
The speed of the matrix was the main disappointment to me. It proved to be 40 milliseconds, the specification claiming an optimistic 12 milliseconds. Even if we take the pixel rise time alone, the matrix remains the slowest among the monitors tested in this review: 24 milliseconds on black-white transitions and 35 milliseconds at the maximum.
The contrast ratio was a disappointment, too. It was close to 200:1 only at one variant of setup. Besides that, the monitor’s parameters vary depending on the connection type (the maximum brightness is lower with digital than with analog connection).
Summing all these things up, I should blame the developers of the Neovo M-17 for their paying more attention to the monitor’s exterior and the initial impression on the customer rather than to the monitor’s internals. The curiously-looking (but not quite handy) case envelops an inconvenient menu, a slow matrix, mediocre technical parameters, and a not very accurate setup. Like the LG L1740B, this monitor is more likely to interest people who use their computer but rarely and are more concerned with the appearance rather than with the operational qualities of a product.