Packard Bell Maestro 230 LED HD

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A monitor with good quality for its price

Because it has a specific asymmetrical design, this monitor produced by Packard Bell already has a lot of fans. One of the reasons: it offers a lot of features and good contrast ratio.

Expectations

Packard Bell want to offer a cheap monitor with an interesting design. This is the reason why the Maestro 230 with HD LED backlight technology was born. This LED-powered display has 23 inches on the diagonal and a very atypical foot. It’s really asymmetric and is connected on the right of the frame. The monitor has a good price (under 200 euros), but it integrates a complete set of video interfaces (VGA, DVI and HDMI ports), full HD resolution and it comes with an HDMI cable included in the price. You probably know that this is not the case for entry level displays for computers. Now, we must see what test results for this review told us about the product in question. 🙂

Reality

packard-bell-maestro-230-led-hdThe atypical design of the Maestro 230 HD LED is impressive. The material it’s the usual shiny black plastic. However, the details of the assembly have a correct finish, without weak points. The display is topped with a transparent border around the edges of the frame and has an interesting design. Another pro we like is the stand made from metal which is also well done. These elements are enough to make a good first impression on us. In our opinion, the only bad thing is the exaggerated brightness of the LED backlight. Compared to other monitors, we would have preferred it to be a bit more discreet.

Unimpressive ergonomics

If you ignore the impressive design and you analyze the features of this display, you will see that it is the most classic model costing less than 200 euros. A weak point is its foot, which allows no height adjustment or pivot from left to right. If you take a look at the control buttons in the setup menu of the screen, you will see that they are also very conventionally placed under the frame. Not really comfortable to reach, but easy to use because their position and function are constantly shown on the monitor’s front. The setup menu seems to be a very classic one, with almost no image adjustments. These are normal features for a monitor at this price range price. So no surprises there.
If you look at connectivity possibilities, the product has three video interfaces and it comes with the VGA, DVI and HDMI ports as default. This seems to be very generous of Packard Bell. Another interesting thing is the possibility to connect a headphone jack to relay the soundtrack to the HDMI interface. Anyway, for this price it’s clear that the monitor will not include speakers.

But good contrast ratio

In tests, image quality was (no surprise for us) very common in performance. A good point of the Maestro 230 HD LED model is its good contrast ratio of 1310:1 by default (the white color at 201 cd / m2 and black at 0.15 cd / m2) and 1095:1 after calibration (white at 100 cd / m2 for blacks to 0.09 cd / m2). Color fidelity and viewing angles are average for this entry level class device. We can say that this monitor doesn’t have extraordinary stuff going on. In fact, it offer no negative surprises in these two areas (colors and contrast). And colors are not very impressive. They usually suffer from a flaw which is very typical of a LED display: they are a little bit yellowish in our tests. And after calibration they remain the same.

Low response time

If you are an addicted game player and you are looking for a fast LCD panel capable to display fast motion action without displaying a much too blurred image, this display is not for you. During our tests, this Maestro display needed almost 13 ms to reach from black to white. Comparing this performance to other models, with about 5 ms in the same test, this seems to be a very slow monitor. However, it’s clear that gamers demanding speed will not be satisfied with these values. In strategy games, for example, this will not be a real problem and you can use the monitor. But we do not recommend this model if you are a shooter game player, because the speed of the panel can give you problems in real games since fast movements can be affected by the monitor’s processor.

Review conclusion

After our tests we can very clearly say that the Maestro 230 HD LED monitor is not that bad, especially because it has a good price for its features. In almost all cases its looks and the performance will satisfy the casual user who wants to engage in traditional office and multimedia activities. Addicted gamers and movie fans will not be very satisfied with this model and will search for another one.

Technical specifications

Display diagonal23 inch
Screen resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
BacklightLED
Brightness (cd/m2)250
Response Time5 ms
Panel frequency60 Hz
Image size16:09
V viewing angle (°)160
Viewing angle H (°)170
Dynamic Contrast (1)12000000
Contrast (1)1000
RCA composite input (CVBS)No
Component inputs (YPbPr)No
HDMI (HDCP)1
DisplayPort inputNo
Headphone jack1
VGA1
DVI1
Stereo mini-jackNo
Optical Audio OutputNo