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The monitor’s picture looks somewhat pale at the default settings, but there are no other defects (like a loss of detail in darks or lights). The menu offers a gamma adjustment option, so I entered the menu and set it at +0.2.

As you can see, the picture is virtually ideal now. The measured curves almost coincide with the theoretical ones. This is not the result of some calibration – I just changed the default gamma setting in the monitor’s onscreen menu by two steps!

The monitor offers seven color temperature modes (plus a user-defined mode): four cold modes, two warm and one neutral. The setup quality is not perfect, but acceptable for this monitor class. The difference between temperatures of different levels of gray is about 500K. Most home users will prefer the Normal mode (it is selected by default) or the warmer but not yet yellowish Warm1 mode.

The monitor has a good response time, for an S-PVA matrix: 9.8 milliseconds GtG on average with a maximum of 13.9 milliseconds. As opposed to TN matrixes that achieve a small average response time by means of a quick black-white transition and rather slow other transitions, the S-PVA matrix in the 275T does not differ much from the average (GtG) on neither transition. In other words, it is equally fast on almost every color. What is especially good, it does not have a big response on dark tones (up to tens of milliseconds as is common for many *VA matrixes).

The response time compensation mechanism works with minor errors: 1.2% on average with a maximum of 14%. This is just barely noticeable. You will notice this error if you are looking for it specifically, but it won’t be annoying at everyday work or in games.

The monitor’s maximum brightness is very high, about 400 nits (but doesn’t reach the declared 500 nits). This makes it suitable for watching movies and playing games even under bright daylight. If you are working in a dim room, you should reduce the brightness setting to zero and the contrast one to about 20-30%.

So, the SyncMaster 275T is a very good monitor for people who want a large screen but do not need the large resolution of 30” models. It is accurately set up (but you should adjust the too low default gamma in the monitor’s menu), has an excellent response time with a small RTC error, offers a good contrast ratio, a large color gamut, and a variety of video inputs. The monitor is obviously intended for movies and games – it has a larger screen but the same resolution as 24” models. And its high max brightness and dynamic contrast mode are mainly needed for the mentioned applications, too. But if you need a large monitor for work, you may want to consider the following two models instead.

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