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Make sure you are getting the most out of your monitor.

Where to look:

If possible, find your monitor here:  https://www.rtings.com/ 

Check out their calibration section and ICC profile. This will give you a baseline for calibration.


Types of monitor panels:
TN, IPS, and VA:  https://www.rtings.com/monitor/learn/ips-vs-va-vs-tn

You also have OLED.  


How to fine tune your calibration or see where your current settings stand:

DIY online calibrator:  http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/ (go through each step)

Physical calibrator testing is also an option.  Be prepared to spend at least $50.

UFO refresh rate and blur testing:  https://www.testufo.com/ (check top right for multiple testing types)


Remember, for most individuals brightness levels should be between 100-200 cd/m2.  The brighter your environment the brighter your monitor should be.  

Many individuals use brightness levels that are over 250 cd/m2 without realizing it.  This is not good for eye health or accurate color reproduction.  

The above is not applicable to HDR content.  HDR content will require higher brightness levels than SDR.  HDR is mastered at 400 cd/m2 while SDR is mastered at 100 cd/m2.  

Example: My brightness is set to ~130 cd/m2 at nighttime (with the lights off).  170 cd/m2 at nighttime (with the lights on).  170 cd/m2 during daytime.  I normally leave my brightness around ~170 cd/m2 because I leave the lights on in my PC room majority of the time.  

More info:  https://www.rtings.com/tv/tests/picture-quality/sdr-peak-brightness


If ya need help or have questions let me know.  





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