Why Planar PX2611W worth its money


The Good The IPS Planar PX2611w IPS panel gives you wide viewing angles. Also, its color accuracy is stellar when viewing photos, and it includes several USB ports.

The Bad The PX2611w glider does not support HDMI, has a bulky and heavy design

The Bottom Line For $ 800, the Planar PX2611w should only be viewed by professionals who need IPS-based panels.

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6.7 Overall

  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
  • Support

The 25.5-inch Planar PX2611w is heavy, sophisticated, and at an average cost of $ 800, and should only be considered by professional artists who need an in-plane switching panel (IPS). Although the monitor has five USB ports, excellent color rendering and viewing angles, its feature set simply does not come close to what the Hewlett-Packard w2558hc offers.

Design and features
The Planar PX2611w is a hippo, with a 25.5-inch screen and a huge, round, 11.4-inch round footrest. Knocking out the display on the sides has led to minimal fluctuations as its wide stand and 24-pound weight help keep it out. 0.75-inch pillow on all sides.

The height of the screen can be adjusted by about 2 inches, and on the desktop sits about 2.5 inches at the highest point. Full display width – 23.5 inches; slightly shorter than the 24.5-inch HP w2558hc length. The Planar panel has a depth of 3.5 inches from the frame to the back.

The neck of the display is made with the hinge at its base and up. This allows the screen to tilt back completely so that it faces straight up. If the display was a touch screen, it would be useful, but since it is not, we do not see anyone using the feature. We appreciated the cable router around the neck which holds the loose cables well. The panel also rotates 180 degrees left and right.

Video connectivity options include a DVI and a VGA port, with one USB top channel to the right of the VGA. There are four vertical USB ports on the left side of the panel. The display array of display buttons is located in the lower right corner of the panel and includes four buttons and a small, noob-like joystick. The OSD screen contains controls for many options including brightness, contrast, sharpness and color temperature, as well as six video presets: Standard, Movie, Photo, Gaming, SRGB and Text. Each setting changes the brightness, contrast and, in some cases, the color temperature. We felt that each pre-set met the intended purpose for the task.

16:10 Planar PX2611w has an output resolution of 1 920×1200 pixels. The trend of 16: 9 monitors now covering the market has produced many smaller monitors that have a higher resolution than they could at 16:10. The 22-inch (or 21.5) 16: 9 aspect ratio now has a potential built-in HD resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels as opposed to 1680×1,050 pixels. We still understand why Planar chose 16:10 for the PX2611w, because with such a large screen, they want to make sure that users have the highest resolution to take advantage of its size.

Manufacturer Specifications:
Resolution: 1 920×1200 pixels
Pixel Response Rate: 5ms
Contrast: 1000: 1
Brightness: 400 cd / m2
Connection: DVI, VGA
HDCP compatible? So
Video cables included? DVI, VGA
Backlight type: CCFL
Panel type: IPS
Aspect Ratio: 16:10

We tested the Planar PX2611w with its DVI connection. The display shows a composite score of 88 on CNET lab performance tests. We compared it to the 25.5-inch HP w2558hc, which scored 88. The PX2611w scored well in most of our color tests, but it was really wrong in our two color ramp tests, which look for the LCD to smoothly display primary color gradations, evenly and consistently . In our test, the PX2611w was not able to display these gradations without interruption. During the black screen test, we saw blurry in the upper right corner and the lower left corner of the screen.

Planar PX2611w reached brightness at 308 cand. Per square meter (cd / m2) – much lower than claimed by Planar 400 cd / m2 max. HP with a brightness of 387 cd / m2 came out significantly higher than Planar.

Our Murder Bill Vol. 1 DVD ghost test gave noticeable ghosts on Planar. We played the movie in a Planar movie preset and appreciated its deep darkness and its ability to achieve accurate and vivid colors.

Unreal Tournament 3 looked great, working at 1 920×1200 pixels, with a nice contrast between dark and light colors. We did not see any blur or evidence of input lag.

We also used DisplayMate Motion Bitmaps Edition to test the upgrade speed and noticed that Planar has more lag than HP. We also looked at a number of high resolution photos from DisplayMate Test Photos Edition in the pre-installed photos of each monitor, and Planar provided more accurate and saturated colors.

The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. From this angle, you view the colors and gamut by destination. Most monitors are made for viewing only at this angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angle depends on the type of panel. Like most monitors, the HP w2558hc uses a TN panel that gets too bright or too dark when viewed from sub-optimal angles. The glider was made of an IPS panel, which usually shows only a slight change in gamma correction maximum with a change in angle. Indeed, we have noticed that the Planar screen is hardly brighter when viewed from the sides, from above or from below.

Juice box
Planar PX2611w Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 89.43
On (max luminance) 89.43
On (min luminance) 40.61
Sleep 1.81
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 70.58
Annual energy cost $27.96
Score Poor

During the power consumption tests, the Planar PX2611w in default / on mode took a whopping 89.43 watts – slightly higher than the TN-based w2558hc at 92.8 watts. Based on our formula, the PX2611 will cost $ 27.96 a year – compared to the w2558hc $ 28.94 a year.

Brightness (cd / m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
ViewSonic VA2626WM
478 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
452 Acer G24
429 Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM
417 HP w2558hc
387 Planar PX2611
308 V7 D24W33

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM
939:1 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
891:1 Planar PX2611
837:1 ViewSonic VA2626WM
775:1 Acer G24
752:1 V7 D24W33
670:1 HP w2558hc

DisplayMate test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
V7 D24W33
90 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
90 Acer G24
89 Planar PX2611
88 Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM
88 HP w2558hc
87 ViewSonic VA2626WM

Learn more about how we test LCD monitors.

Service and support
Planar supports the PX2611 for a three-year replacement and a back-up warranty. Also included is a free two-day, three-year pre-replacement, including prepaid shipping in both ways. The Planar website offers chat and email support.

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