Eizo ColorEdge CX241 review
The ColorEdge CX241 sits roughly in the middle of Eizo’s ColorEdge family. The firm’s cheapest wide-gamut model, it has a 24.1in IPS panel and a built-in correction sensor to ensure tip-top image quality.
Eizo ColorEdge CX241 review: correction and calibration
Unlike Eizo’s colorimeter-equipped ColorEdge CG models, the ColorEdge CX241’s sensor isn’t capable of optimising the monitor’s colour accuracy. Instead, the sensor measures the brightness level and white point and adjusts the monitor’s settings if they vary from the factory calibrated, or user-calibrated, white point values.
Impressively, though, the CX241 also supports full hardware calibration when used in tandem with a third-party calibration tool such as our X-Rite i1Display Pro. It isn’t necessary to use third-party software, either: Eizo’s powerful ColorNavigator 6 software offers full hardware calibration support, and allows the monitor’s internal look-up tables (LUTs) to be tweaked directly for the best colour accuracy.
Eizo ColorEdge CX241 review: image quality
In terms of screen resolution, the 24.1in, 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution panel is fairly ordinary, but colour fidelity is generally top-drawer. In its factory-calibrated sRGB mode, the CX241 achieved 98% coverage and turned in an average Delta E of 0.62 and a maximum of 1.78. The Adobe RGB mode, meanwhile, covered 98% of the Adobe RGB colour space, and we measured an average Delta E of 0.64 and a maximum of 1.28 – as near to perfect as we could hope for.
Viewing angles are as wide as we’d expect from an IPS monitor, but Eizo’s satin-finish, anti-glare coating is superb. There’s no visible graininess whatsoever, and it seems to have banished the spectre of IPS glow. Unlike its rivals, the CX241 exhibits no greyish sheen when viewed from an angle, and blacks also remain deep and true.
Brightness uniformity is excellent. We found no greater than a 4.4% variance in brightness across the entire panel, and the average brightness variation was only 1.9%.
At factory settings, colour temperature is noticeably on the cold side, however. In both our sRGB and Adobe RGB tests, we measured a colour temperature of just over 7,000K, which left whites looking noticeably cold. It wasn’t until we manually set the colour temperature to 6,100K that the CX241 turned in near-perfect figures; thankfully, this didn’t affect colour accuracy.
In other areas, though, the CX241 excels. The adjustable stand feels sturdy, and the onscreen display gives easy access to the monitor’s key features. At the rear, both the DisplayPort and HDMI sockets accept full 10-bit colour input, and there’s also a two-port USB 2 hub.
Eizo ColorEdge CX241 review: verdict
The ColorEdge CX241 is set to launch in September at a guide price of £984. It’s certainly a cracking performer, but with 27in rivals – such as the NEC MultiSync PA272W – costing a similar sum, we just can’t help craving a few more top-quality pixels for our money.
|Resolution||1920 x 1200|
|Horizontal viewing angle||178 degrees|
|Vertical viewing angle||178 degrees|
|Upstream USB ports||2|
|USB ports (downstream)||2|
|Internal power supply||yes|
|Colour temperature settings||4000k-10000k|
|Pivot (portrait) mode?||yes|
|Dimensions||575 x 246 x 417mm (WDH)|