Test Pattern Performance
Using test patterns generated by software provided by DisplayMate, I was able to point out a couple other things…
Color purity appeared to be fine, but the contrast (1000:1 ratio) could use a little work. The black wasn’t the darkest thing in the world. Also, I noticed some uneven contrast that I did not notice under normal use. This may have been solved with a little tweaking, maybe, but some test screens appeared darker near the top than near the bottom. It’d hardly be worth investing in a monitor calibration apparatus like the X-Rite Colormunki due to the relatively low price of this display.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Considering that the price of the debranded TS-20W7-R is about half of what you’d pay (at list price) for its brand new equivalent, it’s understandable that you’ll put up with some shortcomings. If you need an LCD monitor that is absolutely top-notch with top-tier specs and features, this is probably not the one for you.
However, if you’re looking to get tremendous value, a good number of features, and adequate performance for the average user, it is a very bright idea to include debranded and refurbished products as part of your search for an LCD monitor.
- Great value for a more than adequate monitor
- Lack of branding is great for anti-consumerism types
- Integrated stereo speakers with included cables
- Crisp, bright, and vivid display
- Unique stand design provides extra storage space
- Significant visible discoloration from extreme viewing angles
- Possible risk of dead/stuck pixels
- Menu buttons are too small and awkward to use
- Minor cosmetic damage to frame
- Strange issues with uneven contrast
Overall Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
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