Macroview FilmView MV790
This monitor has a cool-looking black case, the main disadvantage of which is the very wide bezel around the screen, and a high base that only allows changing the screen tilt, in a very small range. The case thickness, on the contrary, is small due to the use of an external power adapter.
The FilmView MV790 only has an analog input.
Three control buttons are placed on the right edge of the case, next to the power-on button. The menu is compact, easy to use; among non-standard settings I can mention an option of disabling dithering (the monitor uses an 18-bit matrix, so without dithering it would only display about 262 thousand colors). Alas, but the color reproduction is poor here – you see stripes in color gradients and the brightness of the gradient doesn’t change monotonously from black to any of the basic colors – the next stripe may be darker than the previous one. Of course, the image quality only degenerates when you disable dithering: the stripes become wider and the non-monotony of brightness increases.
By default, the brightness control is set to 80% and the contrast control to 50%. To get to 100nit screen brightness, I set them to 37% and 50%, respectively. The menu offers a selection of four color temperature settings: “9300K” (with this setting enabled, you get 6450K white and 11,840K gray colors), “6500” (6350K and 9370K), “5400” (5630K white and 8090K gray – the screen takes a slight pinkish shade on in this mode) and “User” (this is a user-defined setting, which is empty by itself. When you turn it on, the temperature is first set to the mode you have selected before it. In other words, you can change the temperature, but your value will be reset after you switch to any of the factory presets).
The auto-adjustment feature works fine on a one-pixel grid, but some noise is visible in the top part of the screen on a light-gray background at the maximum brightness. I didn’t succeed in removing this noise either with automatic or manual adjustment.
The viewing angles are good for a TN matrix, but the image is still dark when viewed from below. On a big deflection sideways, the image becomes slightly yellowish.
The color curves can be considered normal, with two remarks: the level of blue is too high and the darkest tones are not reproduced well.
My measurements of the monitor’s responsiveness indicated that it had a typical 25msec matrix inside. The full black-to-white-to-black transition takes 24msec, and the graph looks typical for this type of the matrix, without that sudden bend down to 10..12msec when the difference between the pixel’s initial and final states is big, like with 16msec matrixes.
The contrast ratio was deviating from 400:1 to 600:1 and more. This is very good for a TN+Film matrix, and resembles somewhat the results of PVA matrixes, which overall have a better contrast.
So, we’ve got a relatively good inexpensive monitor with a neat, although bulky, case, excellent contrast ratio, reasonable responsiveness and… very bad color reproduction. This monitor offers you the option of disabling dithering, and this opportunity only suggests that the realization of dithering is poor. Dithering doesn’t practically affect the quality of display of smooth color gradients and the number of reproduced colors. Thus, this monitor will suit for work with text (moreover, its low price makes it a good choice exactly for that application, compared to other models of the same price category), but it is a bad choice for work with photographs or any other color graphics. There’s another defect, too. The displayed image is a little noisy, but this defect is of less importance compared to the bad color reproduction.