REVIEW: Iiyama ProLite B2206WS-B1 Part 11
The playback of HD material via the PC is no problem, although the monitor cannot reproduce each pixel of the higher-resolution image material because of its resolution of 1,680 x 1,050. Since the monitor does mot have a HDMI connection, a DVI-to-HDMI adapter or a suitable cable with these connectors for the external playback of HD material, e.g. via a PS3. In this case, the playback of 1080p, 720p and 576p is also possible with ease, as is the playback of DVDs. Yes, you read that right: 1080p is possible without difficulty; the monitor even displays the full resolution as an input signal.
Only justified display completely refused to work here, since it attempts to stretch the image horizontally. Thus, it is only possible to enjoy the image in full screen view with the slightly stretched 16:10 format.
Left: Full screen view with 1080p signals played back via the PS3 functions correctly. Edges are not truncated. The text is somewhat blurred, which is because of the conversion to the lower resolution. Right: The justified display selected in the OSD is distorted and cannot be used.
The details of 1080p videos are played back well. At first glance, the difference between this and a real Full-HD monitor is not apparent. Signals played back in 720p format are also not a problem for the monitor. Compared to 1080p, the loss of detail is only low and the degree of sharpness is minimally lower.
At 576p, in accordance with the resolution, the degree of detail is reduced noticeably. If you would like to achieve the best video playback on this screen, you should therefore turn to the native resolution for Full-HD content.
Left: 1080p in good quality, played back via PS3. Right: 576p with reduced details, also via PS3.
For the playback of a 1080i signal, the image sometimes jumps upwards slightly. The test in the PS3 menu becomes harder to read as a result. Since this resolution can only be displayed as interpolated, the jumping is less pronounced than is the case with FullHD monitors, where the image changes its position by exactly one pixel.
Fortunately, the monitor plays back video signals from various frequencies with ease. A juddering test, where a band scrolls across the screen at a constant speed, checks whether juddering arises from the fact that the input signal is played back at a different frequency by the monitor than that at which it is transmitted. At a selection of 24 Hz, an error message is displayed; otherwise, the monitor remains black.
48 Hz, 50 Hz and 60 Hz, on the other hand, were played back perfectly and without juddering straight away. Here, 48 Hz is especially praiseworthy, since this value is an integer that is a multiple of 24 Hz and is ideal for films in 24p. For 72 Hz display, it was necessary to define a user-defined resolution with strongly reduced blanking in the graphics card driver in order to ensure that the required data rate is low enough. If you simply select 72 Hz in the native resolution, the image is strongly distorted and can no longer be used. If you create a suitable resolution, the monitor can even play back 72 Hz without juddering.
1.680 x 1.050 at 72 Hz can only be used if the resolution is established with the user-defined settings and the blanking areas are truncated strongly.
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