REVIEW: Meditec SHB-22S6 TW Part 8
Conclusion: Controls and OSD
Both the position and unclear labelling of the buttons are less than ideal. The user tends to press the power button accidentally during navigation, thereby switching the Meditec SHB 22S6 TW off. The menu itself, however, is very comprehensively constructed, even if the icons could be arranged more logically according to how often they are used.
The imprecise levels are problematic for noting and reproducing settings so that it takes several –and also differing amounts of – button pushes to change brightness or colour channels by one percent on the setting bars. However, this problem is also present in many significantly more expensive LCDs.
The translation of menu options, which is not always correct, also affects the user-friendliness of the monitor and in addition, the RGB values are not changed to their default settings when factory settings are restored.
Regarding controls, there is much left to be improved for the Meditec monitor; as the controls stand at the moment, we are unable to rate them satisfactory. Additional functions such as a default RGB mode would also be desirable.
When it comes to image quality, things get exciting, since even though there are some negative points regarding quality and controls, the important things is how good the internal value of the Meditec SHB 22S6 TW is and how this inexpensive 22-inch monitor compares with its –mainly much more expensive – market competitors.
The SHB 22S6 TW features the classic TN panel, which can display 16.7 million colours on the desktop. Although the brightness is set to just 50 %, the LCD glows brightly when it is first switched on. This is no wonder, since even 50 % on the Meditec SHB 22S6 TW is equivalent to around 280 cd/m² in brightness.
With 188 cd/m² at 0% brightness, the monitor is still very bright even at that value and the scope for lower values is clearly not large enough. The brightness can only be reduced further via the RGB values. In terms of higher values, the Meditec SHB 22S6 TW’s maximum brightness of 312 cd/m² exceeds its specified maximum of 300 cd/m², so even if the sun shines directly onto the screen, a good picture is possible.
The contrast at the default settings (brightness 50%, contrast 50 %, RGB 50 %) is already very good at 782:1 and is also equivalent to the contrast ratio advertised, which is 800:1. The colour temperature is exactly 6500 Kelvin, meaning that the monitor already makes a good impression in terms of image when the factory settings are active.
However, colour gradients and grey levels are not ideal. The former demonstrate very clear stripes and the latter seem a little patchy. In light of this, it makes sense to create user-defined settings and, as you will see later, these can be significantly better than those of the standard profile.
Above: Viewing angle from the right (left picture) and from the front (right picture).
Above: Viewing angles from below (top picture) and from above (bottom picture).
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