I observed that setting the color to warm will make pictures look more natural. The LCD's power consumption is nominally 50W, which is great; usually we can even get away with less. A brightness below 20-30% is all you will need, and it's the most healthy for the LCD. Depending on the brightness, the LCD will use, according to the measurement of Kill-a-Watt, between 18W and 41W.
As minuses, I can say that you can't force on it the 4:3 screen aspects, so some games (for example) will be stretched. Also, the vertical viewing angle from bottom is quite low quality, and if you sit closer than one meter m to it you'll see the upper section start to be more and more washed out. The monitor can be considered dead silent, as the PC most of the time will be louder. I failed to hear it put out any noise even once.
Also, the picture from the D-SUB looks great; a little improvement can still be observed if you use the DVI port. Be aware that the LCD will automatically search for an input, either analog or digital, and when it can't find either, it is going to switch into stand-by and the blue light near the power button will flicker. This can be annoying at night in a dark room, although if you turn off the monitor you'll resolve this issue.
All in all, it's a good monitor. Many of the negative aspects are due to the way the panel is used, and even if you dislike them strongly, this monitor can turn out to be the best choice for the money. All TN monitors that are in this price range have similar issues. If I need to give it a rating, an 8/10 would be chosen, mainly due to the MagicTune software and the low quality of the vertical viewing angle as looked at from the bottom (two major drawbacks). For a working office/home environment it is a great choice. The screen size is big and lets you read/work on two pages at the same time.
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