LACIE PHOTON19VISION REVIEW
Here it is as promised. I will do this in sections so you may choose to read only what interests you. Please remember all I tell is from my point of view, highly subjective. Even the "test" (see near end) is subjective, because the program needs a person to interpret what he sees and so come the results.
Here's a link to LaCie's page (english) for this monitor. Please check that for screen specs. I find it more productive if I tell you my impressions and not repeat info you can get elsewhere.
MY THREAD IN ADVISORY SECTION
And a link to the thread on these forums that got me here. I found my monitor by the help of the pros here.. and I am thankful.
Choosing the right S-IPS (or possibly PVA)
I'm what you could call a demanding multi-user. My work and hobbies circle aroung graphics so I need a screen for that. Also I want some speed so movies look lovely and occasional games look alright. And I need some viewing angles too. This is my first LCD - I have used only CRTs before and am used to good quality. My main reason for a move to LCD was what CRT did to my eyes. After long days CRT hurts my eyes and messes my vision.
BUILD / ERGONOMICS
+ rather sturdy build, clear quite sharp lines, sort-of industrial look. Metal inside the stand bottom gives stability
+/- edges are 1,6cm wide and somebody might want them narrower. I don't mind. Also the panel is not as thin as somebody might want. I don't care.
+/- color is dark blue-grey. Blue only really shows in daylight or under a camera flash. I quite like it, some might not as it takes away the TCO2003 merit, hence the TCO1999.
+ tilts, swivels and rotates all I could need, also has height adjustment
+ includes a software for screen rotation, can be used with mouse or keyboard shortcut (nice)
- swiveling is stiff enough the stand turns too when swiveling. So I hold the stand by hand when swiveling. It could also be that my desk (wood) is too slippery.
+ buttons are good size, sturdy and easy to read
+ on screen menu (OSD) is logical and easy to use
+ there is 6 presets to choose from +one setting for user to make - I use presets
- doesn't have 5900K color temperature preset.. some might like to have it
- does not have any drivers, runs as plug'n play-monitor. This means that all adjustements are done with OSD.
- my LaCie is of old production series and has a problem with auto-setting button: in short it doesn't work. I don't mind though, I've got more than enough choises for settings.
- does not have a "hard power switch". This means that there is always some current inside unless you disconnect from the wall socket. Is in no way a problem but some might like to have this switch.
+ has inputs for D-SUB and DVI-D and a button for swithcing between them on the fly. I found this very handy when for a while I had two computers, old and new. At the same time as I was setting the system up for the new computer, I was watching tv and browsing the net on the other.
+ has USB (one coming in from computer and two out)
PANEL: PICTURE QUALITY, BRIGHTNESS...
+/- On this these forums I have been told that it has the same panel as Nec1960NXi and Iiyama E481
+ On these forums there has been talk about "twinkling effect" that is a problem for some with S-IPS panels (such as LaCie). I have not seen this effect, I have no idea what the talk is about
+ colors in my opinion are natural and beautiful. For this reason I think this screen is, as marketed, a good panel for photo editing. I like it for graphics work. I think here LaCie beats my previous CRT (Samsung 959NF).
+ brightness and contrast are great and here it is the same as with colors compared to CRT. I really like the image my LaCie puts out.
- yet I would like to have a bit more brightness available just so I could run the screen at less brightness. I guess it would last longer that way. Now all presets labeled "day" I use set it at 100%.
- no true black colors.. a black screen shows this, it is sort of very dark grey. However I do not consider this a problem since usually you have other colors than black visible. Why would you want to watch pure black screen anyway? With other colors the contrast makes the black look black enough. This is why I believe "not true black" is not a problem.
- backlight bleeding is there and can be seen on black screen but not otherwise. I do not consider this a problem as it only shows on black screen. And I have seen far worse bleeding (in reviews on the net).
+ not a single dead pixel to be found, maybe one color shifting sub pixel, but can't confirm that - nothing that I would notice
+ viewing angles are wide - only VA (PVA, MVA) can beat this
+ interpolation is in my opinion very good (see tv and games)
+ despite rated 25ms this screen is fast. I see no ghosting unless I go look for it. See more details below (movies&tv, games, test). Ghosting can be seen when scrolling a internet-page up or down very fast.
MOVIES / TV
+ just great picture and no ghosting - makes me want to watch all my movies again just for the experience. I have gone through quite a few now.
+ I believe my TV-program runs at 800x600 when fullscreen. That means it is heavily interpolated but I noticed no problems.
I'm not very big into gaming and not into first person shooters, but have now tried two giants of this genre: Doom 3 and Half-Life 2. Doom was tested on older computer (AMD 2100+, 1G RAM, GF4400TI) which run it at 640x480. Then later I tested it on the new comp at 1024x768. Half-life I have played only on my new fast computer at 1024x768 and 1280x960.
+ LaCie is fast enough for games. Ghosting can be found if really looked for but in my opinion is no issue. I just don't see it. Of course you can't beat a TN panel here, but I'm happy.
+/- You might think not having so true blacks and backlight bleeding would be a problem in a dark ambience game like Doom3. Well, backlight bleeding is there but noticable only when looked for. Black is not true black.. but in my opinion close enoguh.
+ interpolation is good down least down 800x600. 640x480 looks a bit blocky but that could just be the low resolution.
GRAPHICS & PHOTO-EDITING
+ great, covered under "PANEL"-title
TEST: PANEL SPEED TEST with PIX PER AN
These specs may help some to decide and compare, for me they don't mean much. Test was done with a free program provided by Prad.de. You may ignore "streaky graphic" results. I didn't know what I was doing and couldn't quite get it right.
Graphics mode: 1280x1024 @ 32 bpp
Frame rate: 60.0 Hz
Gamma factor: 1.5812
Flag test: b->w: 73.0%, w->b: 73.2%, b->g: 84.3%, w->g: 80.8%
Chase test: 13(21.7ms), 13(21.7ms), 13(21.7ms)
Readability: Tempo 8
streaky graphic: Graphic no. 3, Tempo 16, Gamma 1.00, r.exp 1.00, r.time 4.5, r.delay 1.0, f.exp 1.00, f.time 4.5, f.delay 1.0, s.tempo 16
It must be very clear to you by now. I truly like this monitor, adore it even. And so I find it hard to see any downsides, but I tried to include as many as possible. I have been using this monitor for a month now. Verdict: highly recommended for user with similar needs - good for many things. Also my eyes thank for this decision :]
AMD 64 3200+ Winchester @ 2380Mhz
DFI Lanparty NF4 Ulta-D
1Gb Kingston CL3 value ram
Asus GF 6600GT
Pictures will follow..
I must mention that the digicam loses some details in every picture, bright colors sort-of "burn out". So blame the camera (not my own) and me using it (not a pro), not the monitor.
Also even if you can't read German check out another review on these forums. LkOpD has a long thread on LaCie with more pictures then you will see here.
Lacie 19photon vision (Prad.de User)