The monitor’s brightness and contrast are set at 100% and 50% by default. I achieved 100nit brightness of white by choosing 60% brightness and leaving the contrast setting intact. Among obvious image defects I should mention cross bands in color gradients that are visible at any contrast settings.
The gamma curves look neat and are close to the theoretical ones. There are no obvious defects in the monitor’s reproduction of dark or light tones at the default as well as at the reduced brightness/contrast settings.
The response time graph looks similar to the graphs of the above-described 1750 series models from LG. Well, it is quite probable that the 170S6 uses exactly the same matrix because LG and Philips have a joint venture that produces LCD matrixes.
The color temperature setup is not perfect – the calibrator couldn’t even cope with measuring the real temperature after my choosing 9300K in the menu. The 6500K and sRGB modes are more or less acceptable, though, but the color of white is below 6000K (these two modes don’t differ much between each other).
The monitor’s contrast ratio is not very high, 200:1 on average, but kept almost constant irrespective of the settings chosen.
All in all, the Brilliance 170S6 doesn’t try to stand out with its parameters or functionality or exterior against the common mass of typical office monitors. On the other hand, it is free from serious defects and is a good choice in its price category.