For the past two weeks, I have been using the Hi221D for more than a few hours every day. From gaming to movie watching, writing to managing spreadsheets, this display certainly got a lot of use. Generally, I had great experiences with the Hi221D. In gaming, there was no ghosting or lag whatsoever. The 16:10 aspect ratio worked well for widescreen movie watching and was especially useful in managing large spreadsheets. All images were clear, bright and accurate.
The only real complaint I had with the Hi221D was quality of the color. After a lot of manual setting adjustments, pictures still seemed grayer and less vibrant on the Hanns-G than my other monitor, a Soyo 20.1” 4:3 monitor. The cheetah picture above really brings out this difference in its gold shades, which tend to come out grayer and lighter.
For more objective testing, there are a variety of websites and programs available to help you determine the quality of your display. In my recent explorations, I have come across the Lagom LCD Monitor Test Pages. Thus far, these are the best tests I've come across for manually setting up your monitor, and determining the quality of its images.
I did manual adjustment to the monitor using its available settings with operating system and video card color profiles all turned off. During the Lagom tests, it became increasingly apparent that the 1000:1 contrast ratio advertised on the box might not be up to snuff. On the various contrast, color and viewing angle tests (the latter two of which depend greatly on contrast), the monitor struggled to give all around strong results. Separate color bands faded quickly on either end, only giving distinguishable contrast in the middle range. Otherwise, with gamma settings, response time, and sharpness, etc., the monitor excelled and gave near perfect images.
The next step in objective testing was to adjust the color settings on the monitor using the Datacolor Spyder3 Elite. The Spyder3 is a camera device that takes a variety of color measurements on the screen and adjusts a color profile on your graphics card to maximize the accuracy of your display. With the new adjustments in place from the Spyder3, I went through the Lagom tests once again, with far better results in the white and black saturation, as well as in the contrast and viewing angle tests. Though the results were not perfect, they were far above average thanks to the enhanced color profile form the Spyder3.