17" LCD Part V: Four Panels Compared

Unreal

One may well be faced with a 16 ms response time here, the wake remains perceptible, even at a resolution of 1280 x 1024. Anyone who spends a lot of time running all over the place will feel the pain. Of course, it's much less of a nuisance than in the previous generations of panels that ran at 25 ms and over. But when you've been playing for several minutes on a monitor with a Hydis screen, it's hard to get back to that reaction speed. So although it's pretty good (when compared with the MVA and TN panels at 25 ms and more), we've seen better.

In other respects, this screen remains better than average when the images are interpolated. The 1024 x 768 and 800 x 600 modes are a little soft focus but perfectly playable. The 640 x 480 mode isn't great, but once again, it's better than average.

Wolfenstein

Perfect, the VP171b is perfectly suitable for this game.

GTA: Vice City

Same conclusion, GTA is brilliant, smooth, and perfectly playable.

Command & Conquer: Generals

Once you've added the instruction " -xres 1280 -yres 1024" to the shortcut, the game is as brilliant as usual, and very playable. Interpolations in 1152 x 864 and 1024 x 768 are true, but an 800 x 600 resolution is unusable.

Film

As is usually the case with monitors that use AU Optronics panels, there are slight flashes that are noticeable when you are very close to the screen, especially in areas of graduated color. Otherwise, the wake is sufficiently slight to make it possible to watch any kind of movie. So this could well function as your main television screen.

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