My name is Mohammad Hadi, lol. I was fortunate to be selected as a Spectrum prototype tester. I wanna focus as much time in this testing phase on gaming performance, color reproduction, ports, and any issues. I don’t necessarily have awesome testing equipment like big name Youtubers, but I will do my best to give you guys a clear picture of the current status of what I have. Let’s get into it!
I will be testing Spectrum with a 3080 and an Xbox Series X. I will be comparing the screen to my own AOC 24G2. I will be testing Call of Duty Warzone, Valorant and League of Legends.
I will be visually assessing the panel for any visual artifacts when in high frame rate and overdrive modes. I will be using a high frame rate recording mode of my phone to capture as much footage as I can and provide some analysis.
When I first got the Spectrum I turned on Adaptive Sync and set Overdrive to Strong because that’s what my other AOC 24G2 monitor is set to and I believe many monitors based off of the review videos which I have seen. But the results which I have seen don’t match up with this precedent set my monitor manufacturers.
Overdrive Strong: As you can see there is a lot of ghosting with overdrive set to strong. I noticed this immediately when I launched warzone for the first time when I played on the Spectrum
Overdrive Normal: Overdrive set to normal also has a fair bit of ghosting. I didn’t notice much of a difference in response time between the two modes but that may require response time measuring equipment.
Overdrive Off: This mode has ZERO ghosting and I found it to be pretty responsive. While I can’t speak to the actual response times put out by the different Overdrive modes, I have left this setting on Off" and I haven’t noticed any downsides to doing so.
But all of this is unreleased firmware, so there’s possibility of future improved performance. Which brings me into something neat I want to share with you all is an issue I experienced during this specific testing. If you watch the Overdrive normal videos closely, you may notice that there is a point in which the UFOs on screen exhibit ghosting. I found this bug only today and I reported it to the Team to be patched up. I think this is a key takeaway from this entire project. WE are the ones making this monitor and if we run into any problems or things that we think can be improved, we can bring it up and make the Spectrum better together.
I will be comparing the color reproduction to various displays at my disposal. I will be testing the HDR. I will post pictures to show the differences to you all.
I will be testing HDMI 2.1 and the USB hub between two devices: my desktop and my work laptop (using it’s USB C dock).
I will note any exceptional issues that I run across if they seem important or interesting to mention. The firmware is being updated pretty rapidly to remove the bugs we run into so not all issues are critical to mention.
I will be trying to update this post multiple times this week with a specific category that I listed. Talk to you all soon!