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You are supposed to control the monitor with the Forte Manager program:

The program developers put a lot of text into each screen to describe what you can do with the settings on the given tab whereas the buttons for moving between the tabs and for changing the settings are placed on the sides and are very small size. This may be convenient at first, but doesn’t seem so after you’ve been using the program for a while.

Otherwise, using this program is like using an onscreen menu. The monitor offers a standard selection of settings.

By default, the monitor has 100% brightness and 70% contrast. Increasing the contrast setting above the default leads to a loss of light tones. To achieve a 100nit brightness of white I selected 48% brightness and 46% contrast. The monitor controls its brightness by means of modulation of the power of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 260Hz.

Color gradients are reproduced flawlessly at any brightness/contrast settings. The monitor also has no problems reproducing dark tones.

The gamma curves are not ideal, but close to being such. An ordinary user won’t see any defects. The curves do not change much at the reduced contrast.

The monitor offers four color profiles: sRGB (which should theoretically correspond to a temperature of 6500K) and three profiles with different temperatures. Unfortunately, the profiles are set up rather inaccurately. The temperatures of white are close to the names of the profiles, but each of the four profiles gets colder by 2000-3000K on gray. The temperature is over 15000K in the 9300 profile!

The monitor’s response time is good at an average of 5 milliseconds and with a maximum of no higher than 10 milliseconds. You won’t make a mistake if you choose this monitor for playing dynamic computer games.

The RTC error value is satisfactory, too. It is 5.6% on average with a maximum of 31%, which is a good result for a monitor with a TN matrix. The user won’t normally notice such small errors, especially as their maximums (very modest in comparison with earlier implementations of RTC technology) are concentrated on transitions between close values of gray.

The monitor’s contrast ratio is average, but its maximum brightness does not reach even 200 nits. This won’t be a problem for most users, though. High brightness is needed for specific situations like watching a movie under bright sunlight when you can’t draw the curtains.

So, the Flatron L1900R can be recommended to people whose monitor must be a piece of furniture rather than just a display device. With its low response time, small RTC error, rather good gamma curves and normal contrast, it will also suit gamers. But again, beauty comes at a cost. This is not a cheap model.

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