The 22in Verona XM is exceptionally stylish. Finished in sleek black it has an oval-shaped stand that offers a smooth tilt. At the back of the unit there is an HDMI port alongside a normal VGA connection. A set of four controls beneath the display are easy to operate.
There is a range of simple adjustments that can be made including brightness, contrast and colour levels, audio control for the rather tinny built-in speakers, and manual and auto adjust settings. There is also a dynamic contrast ratio control that is supposed to more than double the contrast the screen can show (the difference between the light and dark areas in the picture). In practice we did not notice much difference with this turned on.
With a maximum resolution of 1,680x1,050 pixels there is plenty of room on the desktop. Colour representation was accurate and lines were smooth and clear enough to read from a distance, even at maximum resolution.
Overall, we were pleased with the Verona’s video-playback qualities. Through the standard PC connection, we found standard-definition content to be sharp with accurate colour tones. However, high-definition video did not fare as well as we had hoped; images often seemed overly saturated and not as vibrant as we would like, particularly during dark scenes.
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