Samsung SyncMaster 2243BW Wide Screen LCD

Everest - Image Quality Testing



Image Quality Testing with Everest Ultimate Edition  
Everest Ultimate Edition
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 Samsung 2243BW 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.

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A sample of the screen diagnostics available with Lavalys' Everest Ultimate Edition

We ran the Everest's monitor diagnostics test with the Samsung 2243BW set to factory defaults and the display set to the "custom" preset, which is supposed to be factory calibrated for optimal all-purpose viewing. The 2243BW performed well on all of the tests. It did a wonderful job on all of the grid and text reproduction tests, producing clear, sharp text regardless of the color combinations used. Unsurprisingly, the 2243BW passed all of the grid and pattern tests with flying colors, as all LCDs should.

The 2243BW also did a good job on the color and gradient tests. It managed to pass the red, green and blue solid fill tests without issue but stumbled on the orange solid-fill test. In the orange fill test, where the entire screen is supposed to display a uniform orange color, the top of the screen always looked slightly deeper in hue than the bottom of the screen. This issue was present regardless of our sitting position with respect to the screen, so it was not due to viewing angles. The issue isn't serious, but it is readily noticeable. The 2243BW didn't have any problems on the white and 50% gray solid fill tests but the black fill test revealed very slight back-light bleed along the top and bottom of the monitor. It is actually quite minor and we did not notice it during normal use, but it is present. 

The color palette tests weren't an issue for the 2243BW in standard mode. The color palette gradient was relatively uniform and we didn't notice any unusual color grouping. However, we found that enabling MagicColor significantly threw off the color palette test. We noticed odd, non-linear color grouping in both Full and Intelligent mode. We also found that some of the MagicBright presets also created non-linear color grouping, although they weren't as bad. This confirms our suspicion that the MagicColor filter would throw off the monitor's calibration.

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