|SOYO 26-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor DYLM26E6|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Monitor | HDTV|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 29 June 2008|
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LCD OSD Menu Features
My experience with monitors has conditioned me to expect only the expensive monitors to feature a comprehensive on-screen menu. Usually, the more larger the monitor, the more configuration options there are available. So it came with a degree of surprise when I discovered a few configuration settings I was unfamiliar with in the SOYO Pearl series OSD menu.
Generally speaking, the menu display is reminiscent of just about every other monitor I have set-up over the years with an easy to navigate layout matched by familiar controls. There's the standard settings: brightness, contrast, audio volume, and reset, but there are a few less common settings as well.
SOYO includes a pre-defined collection of viewing scenarios, which will automatically adjust the settings to suite the specified environment. I searched the manual, and scoured the web, but there was no explanation of what DBC and ACE mode does. Any ideas?
SOYO has also included a sharpness setting with the Pearl series LCD monitors. The idea behind the setting is to emphasize or deemphasize boundaries between a light object and a dark object. However, it has been my experience that this created a picture that ranges from fuzzy to grainy.
Also included with the SOYO MT-NI-DYLM26E6 is a color temperature setting. This is a common setting that adjusts the panel hue to represent a user-specified range of colors, or either a warm or cool shade. I prefer more calibration control over the red, green, and blue colors, so user-specified works best for me.
SOYO did manage to surprise me with a sub-menu set of miscellaneous settings for this monitor. Specific to the DYLM26E6 26-Inch widescreen LCD there is a set of frame options. In cases where the edges are darker or brighter than the center of the panel, these settings can be used to correct the image. Be careful though, because it can also make your screen show a clear difference between the center portion and edge portion of the panel.
Please continue on to the next section, where I illustrate the load created at each resolution. This isn't going to matter much to the casual user who browses web pages, but for gamers and multimedia editors this information will be very useful.