When you are reading a monitor review article, you want everything to be tested to the point of detail.
On TrustedMonitors, we care for the attention to detail in our monitor reviews, whether we are creating detailed listicles or writing a review of just a single monitor which is why we have a product testing suite and procedure for testing the monitors that we are reviewing.
Of course, you will be keen to know how we do what we do. So, for your sake of knowledge and understanding, we have created a detailed article on how we test monitors that we review for you to see if a particular monitor is indeed a good option for you to buy.
That being said, hereinbelow are all the details of how we test monitors for our reviews.
The Testing Suite for Monitors
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We use different tools and software to run different quantitative and non-quantitative tests on the monitors. Some of the software that we use while running our tests are –
- Calman Ultimate Software to check the colors of the monitors that we are testing and reviewing.
- SpectraCal Murideo to check the HDR and color accuracy,
- Colorimeter to check the color accuracy on multiple levels, calibrated and pre-calibrated.
Now that you know our testing suite for the monitors, we are all set to unfold more about the major tests that we run and how we run them.
The tests are basically quantitative and non-quantitative with more focus being on the quantitative aspects such as sRGB, color accuracy, color gamut, brightness, etc.
With that brief note, let’s move on to a more detailed overview of how we run the tests and present the results when reviewing monitors.
There are many quantitative factors to be tested for monitors such as color accuracy, color gamut, brightness, and the list goes on.
Hereinbelow is a brief note on how we test monitors for each of these aspects.
1. Color Accuracy
The color accuracy of a monitor is the first and foremost thing that you want to check on it. You don’t want the monitors to show saturated or unsaturated colors that are completely different from what the developer meant to portray.
We use two different tools for running our color accuracy tests. We run multiple colors presets on the colorimeter to check the colors and their saturation levels and note results for each preset and the color accuracy for it.
Once we have marked results for different presets, we calibrate the results and match them with the true colors that the monitor should show on the display.
We also check the colors that the monitor reflects on the SpectraCal Murideo software and see the HDR results for a more in-depth study of the accuracy of the colors of the monitor.
2. Color Gamut
Color Gamut refers to the color ranges that a monitor can produce within the color spectrum. When we test the monitor for color accuracy, it even records the color gamut on different scales allowing us to review the different ranges of colors that a monitor is capable of producing with accuracy.
The colors on your monitor panel need to be uniform to give a good viewing experience. So, it’s essential to check the uniformity of the panels.
As we test this, we use software to split the monitor display into small squares. With a center square as the base, we check each square for deviation from the base square.
As these squares are tested, they indicate different colors to show the deviations. In their ideal state, all the squares would be green. The more the number of green squares, the better the uniformity of the monitor panel, and the more amazing your viewing experience.
It is important to check how the brightness of the monitors to know how they’ll put up in bright room situations.
For this, we simply set the monitors to their peak brightness and see how the panels are put up. If the brightness is not ideal even at the peak level, the monitor will not work well in brightly lit rooms.
You don’t want your monitor to cause unnecessary reflections. You want it to handle natural light well. So, we test the monitors by placing them in natural light and see whether the vision is obstructed by any reflections or not.
Non Quantitative Tests
Besides the quantitative tests on the monitor, we check them for non-quantitative factors such as build quality, bezels, packaging, and more.
When it comes to the build quality, it really comes down to the material used for the construction of the panel and other parts of the monitor and rates them according to the strength of the material.
Slim bezels are preferred, so we check the thickness of the bezels and rate the monitors accordingly.
So, these are the various quantitative and non-quantitative factors based on which we offer our reviews for the monitors. In-depth analysis is important to us so that we can help you choose the best products for your needs.
We hope this guide gave you an idea of how we test monitors and that you are satisfied with the tests we run.