Image Quality Testing
EVEREST Ultimate Edition is a popular system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. Complete software, operating system and security information makes EVEREST Ultimate Edition a comprehensive system diagnostics tool that offers a total of 100 pages of information about your PC.
We put the HP w2207 through some color and text reading diagnostics using Everest Ultimate Edition from Lavalys. Everest's Monitor Diagnostics provide a few key test patterns that allow us to evaluate various aspects, such as color accuracy, and uniformity. We ran through all of the screens, and captured a few that had points of interest.
Lines drawn on the screen were crisp and clean, and like most LCDs, were perfectly vertical and horizontal from edge to edge. The text was decidedly sharper along the middle and bottom of the screen, and a bit fuzzier and harder to make out at the top when viewing white text against a black background. In reverse, black text seen against a white background was "smudgy", with a grey translucent bar that ran along the entire first row of text. Grey shading in the contrast test took on a bit of a purple hue as well.
The HP w2207 uses the same high-gloss technology found on its laptops that enhances contrast and gives a deeper, richer image. However, the default brightness and contrast settings are set too high, making colors garish and harsh on the eye. Once these were lowered manually to a much more comfortable setting, we ran the screen fill tests. The screen is noticeably darker or cooler along the top, and lighter along the bottom, especially as we looked into the corners. Blacks are deep, and are not bleached out as much by the backlighting as seen on some other monitors. The color palette screens and calibration tests are vibrant, with very little bleeding, and are really enhanced by the Brightview treatment.
Unfortunately, as we stated earlier, we weren't able to make much of the screens in MyDisplay for any comparison, but the sample family photo included in that application showed excellent clarity and separation of the colors used. We were also happy to report that we did not encounter any dead or stuck pixels during the course of our testing.