REVIEW: Herakles HT-181 TV Part 3
This monitor incorporates the 18 inch LG.Philips panel that is also used in the LCD1860NX. The subjective image quality looks great; however this panel also has the slightly glittering surface and the all-to known problem of having a viewing angle that is worse from the left than from the right. The also known "negativ effect" emerges to a large extent at very dark images. It can't be noticed with very bright images.
The viewing angle is more than sufficient at 160 degrees both vertically and horizontally. In addition, we observed black getting too orange at certain viewing angles. While it is almost impossible to perceive at all during normal operation in Windows, it can reach quite annoying degrees in games, DVD or TV when you are not sitting directly in front of the device. This should definitely be considered before making a purchase.
In contrast to the left side, the picture appears perfectly displayed from the right.
The colors are balanced and can convince. Solely the blue part of the spectrum seems to be a little underrepresented. Grey scales are reproduced to a good degree by the HT-181 TV. Shades of white and black are good; the uniformity of illumination is excellent.
The HT-181 TV can cope with rapid screen sequences very well and is thereby also suited for playing back DVDs. The device didn't unearth any flaws while it was showing Matrix, only the inferior viewing angle from the left side has to be mentioned on a negative remark, since the movie contains many dark scenes. This might get annoying when used as a TV device with several people watching at once, at least for those sitting on the left side that is.
The device shows as good as no streaking and is very well suited for gaming despite its specified response time of 30 ms.
The analog signal quality is very good and the automatic picture adjustment works perfectly as well. Unfortunately, the monitor doesn't recall its setting so it has to be readjusted after every new start again. But this excusable since it works in fully automatic manner anyway.
The image quality of the TV picture is good. By all means this gadget could pass off as a fully-fledged TV set. Controlling it with the remote control in TV mode makes it just as easy to use as a real TV set. Particularly beneficial is the picture in picture function. The faded in picture has a size of 6 cm (height) x 9 cm (width) and can is continuously variable in its position throughout the screen. Yet, the picture in picture function only works in PC mode where one is able to fade in the TV picture. But the picture of the desktop can't be faded in the screen when being in TV mode, since this function is entirely locked then. It goes without saying that TV mode is also possible when the PC is turned off.
Additionally it should be mentioned, that the gadget works completely noiseless and does not show any sound buzz or high frequency sound, because not all manufacturers can achieve this.
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