Gigabyte G-Max GD-1701DL
The monitor has an original and rather bulky silver-colored case. The bezel is made of transparent plastic, on which the names of the control buttons are written – they are highlighted with blue when you touch a button.
This solution is beautiful in dark, but it has two drawbacks: you have to press a button twice to get into the menu (the first press only turns the highlighting on), and the buttons are located quite far from the monitor’s edge so you have to grope for the necessary button blindly. It would be easier for the user if the buttons were placed on the right edge of the case, and the Menu button outputted the menu and enabled highlighting at one time.
The developers of the G-Max GD-1701DL didn’t allow to be carried away with bright highlighting – I have complained about some monitors that their extra-bright LEDs are just distracting, especially if you’re working in a dark room. Then, the highlighting of the G-Max GD-1701DL automatically turns off after a press of a control button and there remains only one low-brightness green LED that signals that the device is on.
Thanks to the base, the position of the screen can be set in a wide range – you can end up facing the rear panel. There’s no portrait mode available, however, and the monitor’s base must be replaced with a VESA corbel for wall-mounting.
A version of this monitor, the GD-1701DLU model, features a USB hub integrated into the base.
The monitor is equipped with an analog and a digital input. It uses an external power adapter, notwithstanding its rather big dimensions. Well, sometimes it is even handier than an integrated adapter.
The menu is both ugly and awkward (well, these two factors usually go hand in hand); you can quick-access the auto-adjustment feature.
By default, the brightness control is set to 50%, the contrast control to 70%. 100nit screen brightness is achieved by choosing 20% brightness and 42% contrast. There are three color temperature settings in the menu: “9300” (in reality, it gives you 8110K white and 12,080K gray colors), “6500K” (6640K white and 8620K gray), “User” (by default, the temperatures with this setting are 8990K white and 14,110K gray).
The auto-adjustment works fine on connection by the analog input. The matrix is good at reproducing colors, but barely visible stripes are anyway discernable on smooth color gradients. The viewing angles are average as TN matrixes go – the vertical viewing area is narrow, and the top of the screen becomes dark when viewed from below.
The color curves are all right – the monitor conscientiously reproduces all the colors.
The response time is somewhat worse than the declared 16msec, but is overall typical for modern fast TN+Film matrixes. The maximum pixel rise time on black-to-gray transitions was only 25msec, so the total response time of the G-Max GD-1701DL never exceeds 30msec.
The contrast ratio is good, too. The level of black never goes above 0.66nit – very nice for a fast matrix – and the contrast ratio thus nearly hits 400:1.
So, the G-Max GD-1701DL is a good choice, especially as a home monitor. On the one hand, I have no reprimands concerning the image quality: color reproduction and contrast ratio and responsiveness are all good for that type of the matrix. Add also the nice eye-catching exterior. The device looks especially fascinating in darkness with its beautiful and unusual highlighting of the labels on the control buttons. However, I want to draw your attention once again to the fact that monitors on TN+Film matrixes are first of all suitable for games, while for work with photographs, vector graphics and text you may want to consider models with IPS and MVA/PVA matrixes first.