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The average uniformity of white brightness is 5.6% with a maximum deflection of 16.3%. For black, the average and maximum uniformity is 6.2% and 19.6%, respectively. These results are not ideal, but acceptable, especially considering the way brightness is distributed on the screen: there are no areas differing strikingly from the rest of the screen except for the darker top left corner on white.

The color gamut is just what you can expect from a monitor that has backlight lamps with ordinary, not improved, phosphors. I’ve seen a lot of such diagrams in my tests already.

The gamma value is too high at the default settings (the color curves go lower than the theoretical one). Contrast is also too high for red and green.

But when you reduce contrast in the monitor’s settings – and I doubt anyone would work with this monitor at its default settings as the screen is too bright then – the curves become normal and most of the defects disappear.

The response time average is 13.5 milliseconds (GtG) with a maximum deflection of about 22 milliseconds. That’s the typical speed of a monitor with a specified response time of 5 milliseconds or higher (i.e. without Response Time Compensation technology). Of course, the X222Wbd is no match to really fast monitors with 2ms and 4ms matrixes.

The color temperature modes are set up better in the X222Wbd than in the previous model, yet it is still a long way to the ideal setup. The image is cold even in the Warm mode and the temperature dispersion between the different levels of gray is rather large.

The monitor’s brightness and contrast ratio are normal for a modern monitor.

As I mentioned above, the X222Wbd offers a few modes with factory-defined settings. There are four modes in total, each of which is meant for a certain usage of the monitor like working with text, watching movies, etc. Unfortunately, the actual setup of the modes does not agree with the intended applications. For example, the Text mode is almost as bright as 200 nits, which is too much. In the Graphics mode the contrast ratio is so high that the lightest halftones of red and green just merge into the same color.

So if you care about accurate colors, you should use one mode only. I advise you to set the monitor up manually for working with text and switch into the Text or Standard mode for movies or games.

This monitor is nothing much overall. It’s just an average modern inexpensive model based on a TN matrix.

Highs:

  • Nice exterior design

Lows:

  • Sloppy color reproduction setup
  • Slow matrix
  • Preset modes are set up inadequately for the intended applications

Recommended usage:

  • Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Internet)
  • Movies and games that don’t require a fast matrix
 
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