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Subjective Impressions

It is actually hard to tell anything you would not expect about the image quality of the Flatron W2284F. Subjectively, it does not differ from most other 22-inch models based on TN matrixes. Its viewing angles are good enough horizontally. The picture gets faded when viewed from a side but the tonality is not affected much. When viewed from below, the screen gets dark as is typical of TN technology. This effect is not conspicuous at ordinary work, but TN-based monitors won’t be a good choice if you like to watch movies while lying on a sofa and looking up at the screen. The W2284F is just like any other TN-based product in this respect.

The monitor yields cold colors with a noticeable bluish hue. This is a common setup problem of many modern monitors. Halftones are reproduced properly. Darks do not merge with black while lights are only displayed as pure white at a contrast higher than the default 70%. Color gradients are reproduced neatly at the default settings but become striped at a reduced contrast.

The W2284F is too bright for everyday usage at the default settings, but this is typical for modern monitors. The manufacturers set them up in such a way that they looked bright and attractive at a shop shelf. You have to lower the Brightness setting to near zero and the Contrast setting to 30-50%, depending on your preferences and ambient lighting, in order to work comfortably with text.

Color saturation is increased greatly in the f-Engine modes and some people will not like it: colors are unnaturally bright and gaudy, especially in movies that have a vivid color palette originally.

The monitor’s response time leaves a nice impression. It nearly has neither ghosting (the result of high response time) nor white trails (the result of RTC errors). You can see visual artifacts only if you are looking for them on purpose.

Now let’s see how all this looks in numbers.

Brightness and Contrast

The monitor has 100% Brightness and 70% Contrast by default. I lowered them to 34% Brightness and 40% Contrast to achieve a 100nit level of white. The brightness is regulated by means of pulse-width modulation of the power of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 240Hz.

The monitor’s max brightness of 260 nits is somewhat lower than the specified value of 300 nits, but enough for any use, even for watching movies under daylight.

The contrast ratio is very good for a TN matrix – nearly 800:1. This is one of the best results among all the TN-based monitors we have ever tested in our labs. I could not find how to enable dynamic contrast in this monitor, so I did not measure its dynamic contrast ratio.

 
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