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Prestigio P171

The case of Prestigio P171 is made somewhat less offhandedly, but we still have that power LED looking at us askance. All five buttons are made of the same chunk of plastic: they all twitch when you touch one of them. The framing is still insufficiently rigid: when you press your finger to it, there appears a dark spot on the matrix.

The display features internal speakers, so we’ve got an audio input and headphones output. From the entire set of video inputs we saw in the previous model, there is only an analog D-Sub left. The case is compact, but only allows controlling the tilt of the screen.

The menu is practically the same as we saw in the previous monitor, that is, unsightly and without much user-friendliness. You can quickly access three functions: mute the sound, adjust the volume, and auto-adjust the monitor.

A screen brightness of 100nit is achieved by setting the contrast and brightness controls to 20%. By default we have 70% brightness and 80% contrast.

The viewing angles are similar to those of P170T, that is, they are just enough to be acceptable. You can work with this monitor, but the angles may still seem quite discomforting in some situations. Well, this is true for nearly every monitor reviewed today.

There are three color temperature settings: User (by default, it is 6040K for white and 7700K for gray), Mode1 (6390K and 9100K) and Mode2 (6040K and 7690K). As you see, the temperatures of white and gray differ less greatly than in the previous model.

The color reproduction is also better than that provided by Prestigio P170T. We have the level of blue high across a biggest part of the range (save for light tones), while red and green dominate the white color, reducing its temperature. Moreover, this monitor doesn’t distinguish between some tones of red and green, but reproduces blue without any problems.

At 100nit screen brightness, the problem with light tones disappears, but the overall excess of blue remains. Moreover, the dark tones are reproduced inadequately – they are lighter than should be.

The official specifications found at the manufacturer’s website assure that the response time for this model is 16msec, although with a reservation that this parameter may be as high as 25msec depending on the matrix used. My measurements produced a result of 28msec, leaving no doubts about the matrix. Still, this slower matrix shows close enough to 16msec ones on black-gray transitions. I’ve already talked about this effect: a slow, according to the specs, matrix may be no worse than a fast one in practice.

However, this matrix is much similar to 16msec ones in the contrast ratio. The level of black is so high that the contrast ratio never made it to the specified 450:1, stopping short of 200:1. Well, most of the competitor products have it the same way.

Prestigio P171 is more attractive compared to P170T due to its neat design and setup. At the same time, the monitor still belongs to the low-end price group: it features a pretty humble case, confusing menu system, average auto-adjustment. The response time of the matrix is good enough, but the contrast ratio is below average. If you are pressed for money, consider this model. Otherwise, you’d better turn to more expensive and better-quality models from other manufacturers.

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