Originally Posted by jkuo1
I highly doubt that you can really tell from those pictures alone. Yes, the colours on the Sony SEEMS to be more washed out compared to the Dell, but the fact is, unless you compare them side by side with your own eyes, and actually play around with contrast and brightness settings on each display, you can't really say for sure. All you can really tell is that the Sony looks consistently brighter than the Dell in the pictures. In fact, even just a slight difference in exposure with the camera shots and what brightness and contrast settings you have on your monitor may turn the tables around in terms of which screen looks "better" in the pictures.
Where are the comments from the reviewer who took the pictures? What is his personal take?
While I agree that images can be a bit off depending on a viewer's individual monitor settings (and the translation to digital images), it won't be by much.
Logically speaking, if someone's own monitor settings would make the Dell's panel on the right look like it has more contrast, it would do the same for the Sony on the left, etc. So, what you see above would be a good benchmark even if not 100% exact as in person.
Also, my post was assuming that I do eventually see a comparison in person - and if the findings are the same, I'd still go for the Dell (in that I prefer deeper colors and contrast over just 'brighter').
However, I've seen many Xbrite displays in person and many of them look more washed out by default. Ironically, the 17" A Series usually looks the best - but never had something other than another Sony next to it to compare.
The best way to compare screens is to put both machines at default settings with brightness all the way up.