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REVIEW: Iiyama AQ5311DTBK

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3/3 incl. Pickup Service
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size: 20,8"
Pixel size [mm]: 0,207
Native resolution: 2.048 x 1.536
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 424 x 318 / 528
Video-In, connector: D-Sub analog / DVI-I analog & digital
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 60 - 75
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: 31,5 - 96 / -
Color mode preset/user: 3 / 1
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: Yes / Yes
LCD display arm option: Yes
Features: D-Sub cable, DVI-D cable, power cable, external power supply unit, pivot software
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 472 x 419 - 529 x 241
Weight [kg]: 9,5
Compliance: TCO95, TUEV/GS, ISO 13406-2, CE
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: 100 / 13,5 / -
Test date: 18.07.2004
Rating:  
Picture stability: ++ (digital) ++ (analog)
Viewing angle dependency: ++
Contrast: +
Color space: +
Subjective impression of image quality: ++
Shades of gray resolution: +/-
Brightness allocation: ++
Interpolation image quality: ++
Fabrication of case/frame, mechanics: ++
Operating, OSD: +
Suitable for occasional gamer: +
Suitable for hardcore gamer: -
Suitable for DVD/Video: +
Price [incl. VAT. in Euros]: 4.500,00

++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad

Introduction

The high resolution display with a pixel size of merely 0.207 mm caught our attention. With a price tag showing nearly 4,500.00 EUR this device admittedly weighs in at 4 times the cost of a conventional 20,1 inch LCD with a resolution of 1.600 x 1.200. Main area of appliance would be CAD/CAM or DTP for this monitor. However, we won't touch on these special applications, but run our tests with a more typical set of consumer applications.

By all means we know that the AQ5311DT-BK will be employed in the professional area, yet we want to compare a high resolution panel to a standard panel and line out the differences.

All results issued in this review have been established using the digital input, with the exception of the test runs for analog image quality, which have been established on the analog input. Our testbed ran with a Gainward 750 Geforce4 Titanium graphics card. Unfortunately this graphics card does not support the required resolution of 2048 x 1536, which is why the monitor was tested using a resolution of 1.600 x 1.200. In order to make judgments on image quality of native resolution the display's configuration was set to "original" (1:1).

Scope of supply

Next to the display itself, we got a manual, a D-Sub cable. A DVI-D cable, an adapter, a mounting for the adapter, a power cable and a CD-Rom containing pivot software and the software LiquidView.

Design

Before addressing design aspects, we would like to mention an important point. Immediately after powering on the device several fans start up. In fact, in this case the term "blower" would be a more accurate description. The sound level that the user is expected to handle is exceptionally loud for a monitor and even a soundscape in the background can't lessen the loudness substantially. A clue about the origin of this noise can be obtained by examining the rear side of the monitor's case: A total of 3 fans have been assembled here.

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