Tweak3D - Your Freakin' Tweakin' Source!

Posted: April 28th, 2003
Written by: Adam Honek


The bigger your CRT monitor the more room you require on your desk. In the case of this Philips 202P40 it's more a case of width than available depth. As mentioned previously this unit has a shorter tube than is normally associated with 22 inch models and does deliver some benefit due to less thought having to be put forward in finding a suitable location to position the device. As with any screen of this class it is highly recommend using a more professional approach to connectivity between it and the computer, with this we chose a BNC cable connection for optimum signal performance. Once the power cord is attached the installation routine changes type to now focus on screen geometry. This last step it without a doubt something that should not be overlooked, providing the hardware can fulfill given qualities there is no reason to surface with anything less than its capabilities can deliver. The process did not take overwhelmingly long and once completed enabled us to continue with a selection of tests aiming to identify the unit's end user performance.



Aiding us during testing was familiar software by the name of Nokia Monitor Test. This program although by no means revolutionary in terms of eye candy has over the years become a standard for monitor image evaluation offering the results one looks for while judging the ability of a certain model. To conduct tests we used a PNY Geforce4 Ti4800 graphics adapter connected via as stated above a BNC connection. Philips has done their homework as the P202P40 leaps ahead scoring excellent results in color vibrancy, brightness, text readability on both white and black backgrounds, and most important even geometry in all areas but one. The last did require a healthy number of manual tweaks via the OSD but the end result is almost perfect. An only complaint is that the lower right corner of the screen is somewhat slightly skewed upwards thus being higher by around 2-3mm than the left. Despite many attempts there is no way to overcome this error however hard we tried. To fix such a short coming it would require opening up the monitor and fine tuning its electronics, something far beyond an end users reach and something that should not even be considered nor attempted due to safety reasons. The good news is that while this erratum exists it only ever does show its signs at higher resolutions. Running at 1024x768 and below almost entirely removes this issue from the end user's sight. One aspect this monitor is somewhat commendable at is high refresh rates, running at 1600x1200 at 100Hz proves to be a very worthy option as the hardware is certainly able to deliver at this level. Gaming on such big screens is always a joy and as in the case of the 202P40 delivered color richness second to none, one of the most profound capabilities of this monitor. Throughout all usage and indeed testing we never observed visibility of the aperture grill, this certainly is positive feedback given that some large CRT monitors work the opposite at variant intervals. Overall tests showed excellent results all round and the slight geometry mishap can almost be forgiven for an otherwise grand achievement.


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