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The color reproduction isn’t exactly perfect: color gradients are displayed with visible banding at the default settings as well as at a reduced contrast.

Another distinguishing feature of the FP72V is that it uses an MVA matrix rather than TN+Film as in a majority of 17” LCD monitors and its viewing angles are thus much better in comparison with competitors. As I said above, the matrix is under protective glass – the glass doesn’t improve any of image characteristics, only produces more flares. On the other hand, the recently introduced monitors with “glossy” matrix coating produce even more of them; take the NEC LCD1970GX as an example (I don’t mean an external protective glass but that the matrix’s top lusterless layer is replaced with a glossy one).

The color curves are not perfect, but passable. The gamma value is a little lower than necessary: the real curves are higher than the theoretical ones, resulting in a whitish onscreen image. The curves don’t become worse at reduced brightness and/or contrast settings; the monitor reproduces the entire range of colors in full.

The color temperatures are set up accurately; there are small differences between the real temperatures of white and different levels of gray.

Alas, the response time graph is just what you can expect from an MVA matrix: the monitor may take as long as 80 milliseconds to switch from black to a dark gray. As a result, the FP72V is not suitable for dynamic games, even though it is fine for text processing and for watching movies.

The measured contrast ratio of this monitor is not quite impressive (the declared ratio is 1000:1), yet it is better than most TN+Film matrixes can offer. A contrast ratio of 300:1 is considered good for TN+Film, but here it is higher than 400:1 even. The brightness of white is average, too, being about 200nit at the maximum, which is more than enough for a majority of applications.

So, the FP72V is quite an interesting option for home as well as for office (as a pretty-looking device on the boss’s or secretary’s desk). It has a magnificent appearance, good characteristics (partially due to its matrix type – MVA technology is but seldom employed in modern 17” LCD monitors) and curious functional features like automatic screen brightness adjustment, an integrated USB hub, and the included web-camera. The FP72V will suit nicely for working with text and graphics, for watching movies and for playing games that don’t require a very fast response time. It suits poorly for dynamic computer games, which somewhat reduces its appeal as of a home monitor.

 
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