The brightness and contrast settings are both set to 80% by default. To reach 100nit screen brightness, I reduced the brightness setting to 43%, and the contrast setting to 50%.
The monitor is good at reproducing colors; it has no problems displaying smooth color gradients; the backlight is even distributed along the entire screen. The auto-adjustment feature works fine.
The viewing angles are quite standard, as modern TN matrixes go: the horizontal angle is all right, but the vertical angle isn’t wide enough, and you can see that the top of the screen is slightly darker than its bottom.
The image is sharp, but black letters on a dark-gray background have a barely visible shadow on their right, especially if you look at the screen a little from below. This effect isn’t too strong, though.
At gamma 2.2, the color reproduction of the monitor isn’t very accurately set up, but there are no serious defects either. The graph above is for the default settings, however. At my “100 nits” settings, the monitor reproduces darks brighter than they should be.
The matrix’s speed, in spite of the pessimistic specification (25 milliseconds), proved to be 16 milliseconds, and the black-gray transition graph is quite typical for a 16ms matrix:
The contras ratio of the SyncMaster 710V is rather low: it is above 200:1 at the maximum settings that you don’t often use at real work. At the reduced brightness and contrast settings the contrast ratio degenerates greatly.
Due to its low contrast ratio and inaccurate color reproduction setup, the SyncMaster 710V can only be of some interest as a cheap office monitor for processing text. Well, it is currently among the cheapest 17” monitors. Talking about a home monitor, or a monitor that must have an acceptable color reproduction and good contrast, you should consider other models, of course. For example, consider the SyncMaster 710T, later in this review.