By default, the monitor’s brightness is set at 100% and contrast at 50%. By setting brightness at 60% and contrast at 40% I achieved the white brightness of 100cd/sq.m. I have no complaints about the monitor’s reproduction of color gradients, but I did notice some slight color noise on a pure gray background that the auto adjustment couldn’t eliminate.
The gamma curves look well, without any considerable defects. Changes of the brightness and contrast settings do not have a negative effect on the range of tones the monitor can reproduce.
The matrix is not fast (it is TN+Film, the standard matrix type for 17” monitors). It is about as fast as the matrix of the 170S6, the difference being within the fluctuations of parameters of different samples of the same matrix.
Like the 170S6, this model is into colder colors, but the 6500K and sRGB modes are set up acceptably well, even though not ideally.
The contrast ratio is very good, almost 300:1, and it doesn’t degenerate when the screen brightness is low. This is one of the best results among TN+Film matrixes included in this review.
So, although belonging to a higher price category than the 170S6, the Brilliance 170X5 differs from it only in the exterior design as well as in built-in speakers. The latter feature is quite irrelevant for a home user this model is evidently targeted at due to low sound quality. The real parameters of this monitor are no better than those of cheaper models, and its functionality is poor, too. You can get an LCD monitor with a digital input, screen height adjustment, portrait mode, etc. for the same or even less money. So I know of only one reason why you may want to buy this monitor – if you just happen to like the way it looks.