REVIEW: Fujitsu P22W-5 ECO IPS Part 13
Has an LCD monitor finally been developed that can provide very good image quality and satisfy gaming ambitions at the same time in the form of the Fujitsu P22W-5? It looks like this is the case, since our measurements of the input lag showed that the Fujitsu P22W-5 has an average lag of 19 milliseconds and its lag is therefore slightly more than one frame per second. This is sensational if one considers that the P22W-5 does not contain a TN panel, which has been responsible for other such low lags, but instead uses an IPS panel.
Based on this outstanding result in this section, the Fujitsu P22W-5 could certainly appeal to hardcore gamers, since until now, we have always found a hair in the soup with other models. Compared to the Dell 2209WA, the Fujitsu P22W-5 is quite clearly ahead in this regard.
However, measuring the input lag with the aid of a series of photos cannot deliver a precise result. Based on our experience, however, the P22W-5 is a monitor with a lag of about one frame. Compared to other IPS or PVA panel models, the Fujitsu P22W-5 delivers the best result to date and closes the distance to fast TN panels by a huge measure.
First, we tested the playback of SD and HD media via the PC. The external playback of video sources via Blu-ray player will follow in the next section.
The Fujitsu P22W-5 can play back copy-protected material via HDCP support on its digital inputs (DVI and HDMI) without difficulty.
Conventional video players such as VLC, PowerDVD or Windows Media Player automatically select the right image format display and thereby prevent the video playback from being truncated or distorted.
With a resolution of 1.680 x 1.050 pixels and a 16:10 screen format, the Fujitsu P22W-5 is not suitable for unlimited film enjoyment. Full-HD film material cannot be played back in the native resolution. Depending on the image format, the black borders vary in height. The software player automatically ensures playback that is not truncated. For the playback of DVD film material, the poor image signal and also the just mediocre interpolation capabilities of the Fujitsu P22W-5 are visible.
Playback via PC: Scene from the DVD film "Ice Age".
The playback of Full-HD film material is better. Although the P22W-5 must also interpolate this resolution, downscaling generally works better. The colour quality, on the other hand, is very good, regardless of the resolution, and the fast response time of the P22W-5 ensures that the image sharpness is sufficient, even in fast-paced scenes.
Playback via PC: scene from the Full-HD Trailer "Prince of Persia".
According to its datasheet, the Fujitsu P22W-5 supports all conventional video signals, both full-frame (progressive) and half-frame (interlaced) based. The P22W-5 has a HDMI input for the external playback of video signals.
According to the specifications of the Fujitsu P22W-5, a vertical frequency of 50 to 75 Hertz is possible. Whilst the refresh rate can generally be adjusted as the user wishes via the graphics card in PC use, one must hope that the monitor makes the right choice in the case of external playback, since the user cannot intervene here.
There are exceptions such as 1080p24 playback of Blu-ray films, which are activated in the Blu-ray player, but hardly any office monitor supports this option. PAL signals, such as those which appear on European DVDs, must be played back at 50 Hertz for judder-free playback. This is carried out correctly by the Fujitsu P22W-5 and is played back without juddering.
In order to be able to play back Blu-ray film material without juddering, the aforementioned 24 Hertz or a multiple of it (48 Hz, 72 Hz, 96 Hz) is necessary. If the specifications are not sufficient, playback occurs at 60 Hertz. Horizontal camera movements in particular can no longer be played back fluidly with this refresh rate.
The Fujitsu P22W-5 does not support any 24 Hertz refresh rate or a multiple thereof. Blu-ray films are played back at 60 Hertz.
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