Originally Posted by PCM2
What changed to make you happier, incidentally? Just different settings?
But honestly, don't worry about any low contrast readings you're getting. I wish the Spyder could measure black point properly as it would save me a lot of time, effort and money. Unfortunately it can't and gives you black point readings that are fairly consistently higher than they actually are.
It's also worth remembering a couple of things about the monitor. One is that it is PLS which, alongside IPS, gives a 'glow' which eats away at some detail peripherally. The larger the screen the more pronounced this is - so compared to your old 22" IPS this will be significant. The other is that the native settings on the PB278Q tend to be set towards a higher gamma than the 'standard' of 2.2 - 2.3-2.4 being quite common on the ASUS. This makes some shades darker than they should be which could tie in with what you're seeing. To make matters worse most of the older Dell UltraSharps were set around a gamma of 2.0-2.1 which makes things more visible than they should be. Obviously if you've calibrated things with a colorimeter then this shouldn't be an issue, but you do lose contrast and a bit of shade variety by calibrating (especially if the gamma is shifted a fair bit by the ICC). I'm not sure how Metro handles ICC profiles, either, but some games actually have their gamma messed up if you use an ICC profile. It's often best to use the monitor's native settings for gaming.
Yeah, i just know what i don't like in a monitor and that is the over saturated colors of generally the samsungs. Which does lead to the black crush. I have calibrated about 6 monitors and 3 tv's lol so i'm not a pro, but i have a rough idea of what i'm doing.
I don't mind the contrast ratio being a tad worse if it means i can still see detail in the darker area of games. I'm using monitor calibration wizard which forces the icc profile all the time on desktop, and most games work with the icc profiles, but the few that don't, well about 50% of them get it forced on by mcw and it sticks.
The main issue i had when first turning it on was just the blacks not showing up, i have the test patterns from av forum which shows the different black levels and about 50% of them were all crushed with brightness at 180cdm. Even at 277cdm and a setting of 90 brightness it's still barely just acceptable. I'm in full rgb mode using dvi so it can't be real black crush from incorrect settings like using ypbcr over hdmi and the tv expecting rgb or anything like that..
Like i said it did have a green tint uncalibrated, so i guess i'm just satisfied that the black levels are barely passable and the calibration was successful in getting rid of the green tint and helping out a bit with the blacks, even if it was with brightness almost maxed out.
edit: Plus it's a 2560x1440p monitor lol, who wouldn't be satisfied with that Edited by mboner1 - 5/29/13 at 5:48am