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Mag Innovision GML2226 review: Mag Innovision GML2226

Unreal Tournament 3 and World of Warcraft (WoW) both looked good running at 1,920x1,080 and showed no signs of ghosting or input lag. The display has a lower brightness than does the XL2370, but not as low as the GML2427. The GML2226 also has deeper blacks, making the color in games pop more than they did on the GML2427. Also, the "film" we mentioned in the GML2417 review that seemed to cover the entire screen was nonexistent here. We recommend using the monitor's Normal preset for games; the Game preset seemed to saturate the colors, and in WoW, game text showed noticeable aliasing. The GML2226 delivers a much more satisfying gaming experience than its 24-inch sister does, but it still fell short of the XL2370's performance.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are made to be viewed only at that angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. The Mag GML2226 was made with a TN panel, and when it is viewed from the sides or bottom, we perceived the screen to darken about 4 inches off from center, and we noticed that from the left, right, and top, the display darkened, and colors shifted quicker than they did on the SyncMaster XL2370. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

Juice box
MAG GML2226 Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 20.5
On (max luminance) 23.79
On (min luminance) 7.33
Sleep 1.34
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 18.4
Annual power consumption cost $7.05
Score Good

In the power consumption tests, the Mag GML2427 drew 20.5 watts in its Default/On mode--less than the XL2370's 30.09 watts and slightly less than the Mag GML2427's 21.9. Based on our formula, the GML2226 would cost $7.05 per year to run, compared with the XL2370's $9.96 per year and the GML2427's $7.03 per year.

Brightness in cd/m2
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell SP2309W
Asus V236H
Mag GML2427
Dell ST2310

(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell ST2310
Asus V236H
Dell SP2309W
Mag GML2427

(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Asus V236H

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Service and support
Mag Innovision backs the GML2226 with a three-year parts-and-labor warranty that only covers the backlight for one year. It also offers support through a toll-free number and e-mail support. Documentation and support software for the GML2427 were easily accessible on Mag's Web site, but the toll-free number (888-283-1311) was nowhere to be seen.

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