The monitor’s brightness and contrast settings are both set to the maximum, 100%, by default. For the pure white color on the screen to have a luminance of 100nit, I dropped these settings to 70%.
As I said earlier, this monitor uses an S-IPS matrix you can identify by the typical effect: black color acquires a tincture of violet if your line of sight is at a small angle to the screen. This effect isn’t too strong, so I can’t call it a serious defect, but it is visible in twilight.
The traditional advantages of S-IPS technology are excellent viewing angles and good color reproduction. I really have no complaints about the angles – they are truly excellent, but the potentially good color reproduction is spoiled here by the monitor setup.
These are the graphs at the monitor’s default settings. As you see, all the three colors, especially blue and green, are so intensive that all light tones are indistinguishable from pure white. This frustrating defect is usually cured by reducing the brightness and contrast settings, but my doing so led to another defect appearing:
At 70% of both brightness and contrast, lights are reproduced normally, but the monitor doesn’t now distinguish between darks which are the same as pure black, especially dark-blue hues. Moreover, the green channel is bad at reproducing both dark and light tones of green! Thus, the L1910S can only reproduce the entire color range more or less successfully in a rather narrow range of brightness and contrast settings. When these settings are too high, the monitor doesn’t distinguish between lights. When the settings are reduced, it stops to distinguish between darks.
The graph of the pixel rise time looks typical for an S-IPS matrix. Generally speaking, S-IPS monitors are comparable to monitors on the formally faster TN+Film matrices in speed, which is a dangerous fact for the latter since low response time is their only tangible technical advantage. Moreover, the matrix proved to be even a little faster than declared by the manufacturer.
The monitor’s contrast ratio is average in all the test modes. It is good, but cannot match the parameters of the above-described monitors on TN+Film and MVA matrices. The maximum brightness is much higher than specified, but this is not crucial for users who are not planning to play games or watch movies under bright indoor lighting.
All in all, I noticed only two drawbacks in the Flatron L1910S, namely its clumsy design with a bulky and tall base and the bad color reproduction setup. Otherwise, this monitor has satisfactory parameters: the matrix is fast, has excellent viewing angles and a good contrast ratio. This model will do well as an office monitor or as an inexpensive home device for both work and play. You shouldn’t buy this Flatron for processing photographs, for example, basing on the type of its matrix. Alas, but its color reproduction isn’t as good as it might be.