|STOP Specsmanship STOP Specsmanship is the "often inappropriate use of specifications or measurement results to establish putative superiority of one entity over another, generally when no such superiority exists. Commonly found in high fidelity audio equipment, automobiles and other apparatus where uneducated users identify some numerical value upon which to base their pride or derision, whether or not it's relevant to actual use of the device." [Wikipedia].|
|Do not make purchasing decisions based on inflated technical specifications !|
|Get active: learn what the specifications (are supposed to) mean !|
|X-black / CrystalView / Color-Shine / ...||brand-names for mirrors with some display function read the article on matte and glossy displays|
|Contrast ratio 10 000:1 1 300 cd/m2 "brightness" 550 billion colors||PDP TV set promises|
|Contrast >1.000.000 (one million !)||OLED TV-screen promise|
|"Viewing-angels" 178/178||LCD TV set promise|
|Unprecedented "color accuracy" ...||LCD TV set - more color per dollar ...|
|"gray-to-gray response times"||? what does it tell me ?|
|"crispness of colors"||? ? ?|
|"% NTSC"||? ? ?|
|ANSI-lumen||? ? ?|
|Numbers & terms, numbers & terms, numbers, numb....|
The escalating hype of dizzying "performance specifications" leaves the customer confused and the products often cause disappointment ...
What do customers want ?
Fulfillment of users’ requirements ? This leads you to the concept of usability.
Are you interested in the concept of usability, in display metrology standards, and what YOU can do to defeat specsmanship ? Then continue here.
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