Results: Stock Brightness And Contrast
Before calibrating the EQ276W, we measure zero and 100 percent signals at both ends of the brightness control range. This shows us how contrast is affected at the extremes of a monitor's luminance capability.
With the brightness set to maximum, Auria comes in second place among our most recently tested screens. With over 277 cd/m2 of light available at the max setting, there’s plenty of output for even the most well-lit workspaces.
Let’s see how black level is affected. Typically, the higher a monitor’s output, the higher its minimum black level. But thanks to improvements in IPS technology over the last two years, this axiom is no longer universal.
The EQ276W measures at the bottom of the pack at over 0.66 cd/m2. This is a fairly high black level measurement and will result in a dark gray tone rather than true black.
Elevated black levels are the biggest detriment to on/off contrast ratio. The impact on image quality manifests as a less-lively, more two-dimensional picture.
Auria comes in at the bottom for contrast ratio at stock settings. While this is not a terrible result, the competition achieves as much as three times the contrast in our tests.
When it becomes necessary to reduce the brightness, say in a completely darkened room, it’s important that the image still retains enough light output to be usable.
At over 146 cd/m2, the dimmest image from the EQ276W is not terribly dim. A little ambient light would be recommended to combat fatigue if you use this monitor in a totally dark environment. We consider 50 cd/m2 the minimum luminance for a usable image that retains full color and detail.
Turning down the brightness to its minimum setting usually results in a much lower black level.
In this test, the EQ276W’s black level drops by only 0.07 cd/m2 from its maximum. This is still in the realm of dark gray rather than true black. We can now see the range of the EQ276W’s brightness control is quite a bit smaller than the competition.
Ultimately, contrast ratio is what determines how much pop an image has. A higher number translates to a more 3D-like picture.
With brightness at zero, the Auria’s contrast ratio is low at 244.9 to 1. Because its black level changes very little as the image is dimmed, the net result of lowering the brightness control is a reduction in contrast, and therefore image depth.
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.
I'm planning on picking one up very soonReply
I love My Auria, I also did buy a another stand for it. It was $29.99 on Amazon, and once I got everything set up, IT IS AMAZING!!!!! If you want a great product for the right price, DO IT!Reply
BigMack70One important thing to mention that you guys didn't that I believe still holds true (haven't checked the competition in a couple months - someone correct me if I'm wrong here): this is the only model of this panel (as opposed to the Catleaps/Crossovers/Overloards/Achievas/etc) to have HDCP support. If you want one of these panels and you want to use HDCP protected content (a games console or a Blu-ray player, for example), you NEED to purchase this Auria and not one of the other versions of the panel.I have the Achieva Shimian that was purchased three months ago. I checked on Nvidia Settings and it states that "This display supports HDCP."Reply
Happy that this article was posted and I been very happy with my purchase.
As for lag, i heard from "razetheworld" that when the monitor has one connector (usually DVI) the input lag can be as low as 6ms on these IPS screens. When there are multiple connectors like the monitor being reviewed here, higher lags are expected because the monitor takes time to process which connection is in use. I may be wrong, so correct me if i am wrong.
There are 3 models available from an American company based in California called Overlord Computer, one of these models can be overclocked to 120 Hz. I would like to see these monitors tested. One of them is priced under $400.Reply
chumlyThere are 3 models available from an American company based in California called Overlord Computer, one of these models can be overclocked to 120 Hz. I would like to see these monitors tested. One of them is priced under $400.Reply
While this is true, MicroCenter has a great return policy, I'm not sure about Overlord, but I do know the one that is under 400, its 384, only has DVI, while this has HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, headphon jack, and VGA. So if you just want DVI, getting an Achieva Shimian is cheaper off of ebay, but then also you have to deal with possible shoddy return system. Good luck to all and I will comment once I have my Auria, I'm going from my 40" Auria 1080P HDTV to a Auria 27" 1440P IPS monitor, good trade I think.
patrick47018While this is true, MicroCenter has a great return policy, I'm not sure about Overlord, but I do know the one that is under 400, its 384, only has DVI, while this has HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, headphon jack, and VGA. So if you just want DVI, getting an Achieva Shimian is cheaper off of ebay, but then also you have to deal with possible shoddy return system. Good luck to all and I will comment once I have my Auria, I'm going from my 40" Auria 1080P HDTV to a Auria 27" 1440P IPS monitor, good trade I think.Reply
Most video cards have Dual link DVI so this isn't really an issue unless yours does not. I use a Catleap Q270 monitor right now (let me tell you, there is NO going back for me after getting one of these, 1080p monitors are as good as yesterday's trash to me). This was a B grade panel and it ended up having no visable defects or bad pixels (I only paid $245 for it off of ebay new from Korea, they've gone up $100 since). The reason I ended up going with the panel I did was from a quite extensive post on hardforum detailing how the DVI-only monitors were having incredibly low input lag compared to any of the other 1440p IPS panels available. I'm getting incredible framerates with my 670 and my games are streak/ghost/stutter/tearing free.
Maybe this Auria monitor just can't hack it vs. its' Korean counterparts.
Also it's good to know you can always take apart these monitors and replace the PCB so that you can overclock them to 120Hz, but Overlord is the only place selling the part and it's $200 :(
WTB thinner bezle...Reply
Is there any IPS monitor without frame?Reply
Minimum contrast ratio in samsung 4003.3. Maximum Contrast Ratio in Samsung 1483.83.Reply
Is it me or thats not normal?
10608531 said:Minimum contrast ratio in samsung 4003.3. Maximum Contrast Ratio in Samsung 1483.83.
Is it me or thats not normal?
Minimum and maximum refer to the brightness setting. It's not unusual for the contrast ratio to go up when the brightness is lowered. In the case of the Samsung S27B970D, the black level dropped by a greater percentage than the peak white level; hence the higher contrast ratio.