To get 100nit brightness of white I chose 0% matrix brightness, 70% contrast and 50% backlight brightness at digital connection and 67% backlight brightness at analog connection. By default, you have 50% brightness, 70% contrast and 100% backlight brightness.
Like the SDM-HS75, this model offers the ECO feature: you can switch between three backlight brightness presets with a press of a single button.
The monitor reproduces colors carefully. There are no artifacts on smooth color gradients. The backlighting is uniform, but not ideally so – you can discern on a light background that the corners of the screen (especially the top ones) are a little darker than the center.
The color curves are similar to the SDM-HS75’s – they are overall neat but with a minor rise at the left part of the graph and with a slightly too intensive blue.
When you select “6500K” from the monitor’s menu, you get a good color temperature setup: gray is colder than white, but not too much. It’s worse with the “9300K” setting where the difference amounts to 2000K and more.
Again we have a typical response time graph of a TN+Film matrix. The pixel rise time is 29 milliseconds at the maximum, so I can’t call the S74E a fast monitor. On the other hand, it is not slow, but is rather somewhere in between.
The contrast ratio of the S74E is better than that of its predecessor. No, it can’t challenge the models from Samsung or ViewSonic, but it did get above 200:1. What’s interesting, the level of white is higher and the level of black is lower at digital connection, and this affects the contrast ratio most positively.
Summarizing the results of the SDM-S74E, it is again difficult for me to note any special traits about this monitor. It is just an average 17” model on a TN+Film matrix with quite typical characteristics. It has a better contrast ratio and a slightly better color reproduction setup than the SDM-HS75, but its parameters are not anything exceptional against monitors from other manufacturers.