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A test bench is a set of tests that we perform on the products we test. In order to come up with the set of tests that will be included in a test bench, a rigorous process is followed during which many factors affect the final decision. Among the most important factors for including a test is whether it answers a few important questions regarding the true capabilities of the product, whether it will answer questions about what most people care about, and how accurately and consistently can it measure a specific feature.

Test benches include some usage performance indicators we call Ratings. Ratings aim at estimating the performance of a product during a specific use. To construct a Rating, we first choose which of the tests matter for the performance of the product during the specific use. Then we assign a weight to its importance. The value of the weights assigned on each test for each Rating is based on our experience regarding the test and its relevance to the specific usage. The numerical value of each Rating is assigned simply by computing the weighted average.

Test benches, ratings, and individual tests are updated on an as-needed basis, but not more than once a year. Once a test bench update is finalized, the tests included in this version and the way their respective score is calculated remains unchanged until the next test bench update is released. Each update tries to encapsulate technological advances/changes that break our current tests, or the introduction of new methodologies that result in more accurate/consistent measurements.

Changelogs

10/12/2017: Test bench 1.0

How to interpret the scores

10 to 7.5

This monitor is great for this usage or test. You will be satisfied with it. When we discuss tests or products that fall into this category, we usually use adjectives like good, very good, great, impressive, excellent, remarkable, outstanding, superb, amazing, etc.

7.4 to 6.0

It is good enough for most people, but if you care about this usage or test, it will bother you. When we discuss tests or products that fall into this category we usually use adjectives like mediocre, middling, passable, adequate, not bad, unremarkable, decent, okay, alright, acceptable, satisfactory, reasonable, fair, ordinary, etc. We also use sub-par or sub-standard when the score is at the lower end of the scale.

5.9 to 0.0

This monitor is below average at this usage or test. It could be an issue even if you aren't particularly picky about this aspect. When we discuss tests or products that fall into this category, we usually use adjectives like disappointing, inadequate, poor, inferior, bad, terrible, very bad, awful, etc.

Usage

Mixed Usage
Office
Gaming
Multimedia
Media Creation
HDR Gaming

Test Results

Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
Switch portrait/landscape
Swivel Range
Tilt Range
Curve radius
Picture Quality
Reflections
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
Color dE
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
50% DSE
5% Std. Dev.
5% DSE
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
Color Shift from Right
Brightness from Left
Brightness from Right
Black Level from Left
Black Level from Right
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
SDR Peak 2% Window
SDR Peak 10% Window
SDR Peak 25% Window
SDR Peak 50% Window
SDR Peak 100% Window
SDR Sustained 2% Window
SDR Sustained 10% Window
SDR Sustained 25% Window
SDR Sustained 50% Window
SDR Sustained 100% Window
SDR ABL
Gradient
Local Dimming
HDR Color Gamut
DCI P3 xy
Rec. 2020 xy
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
Adobe RGB xy
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
Contrast
Native Contrast
Contrast with local dimming
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
Color Shift from Above
Brightness from Below
Brightness from Above
Black Level from Below
Black Level from Above
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
HDR Peak 2% Window
HDR Peak 10% Window
HDR Peak 25% Window
HDR Peak 50% Window
HDR Peak 100% Window
HDR Sustained 2% Window
HDR Sustained 10% Window
HDR Sustained 25% Window
HDR Sustained 50% Window
HDR Sustained 100% Window
HDR ABL
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
Factory Overclock
Variable Refresh Rate
VRR Maximum
VRR Minimum
VRR Maximum With OC
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
100% Response Time
Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
BFI Maximum Frequency
BFI Minimum Frequency
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
10 bit HDR
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Resolution and Size
Megapixels
Screen Area

Additional information

Hover over any usage ratings in a review or recommendation page to see the components. Changes in scores due to firmware updates are noted in a yellow banner at the top of a review, and any changes to overall weightings or scoring are listed below. The test bench version each product was tested in is listed on the review, next to the ratings.

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