Eizo FlexScan L887 review

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Until last month, Eizo’s L887 had graced our A List since issue 127 on the basis of its exceptional image quality. No other screen here has the same smoothness in the surface coating, which lends a soft quality to the Windows Desktop, yet it’s crisp and bright at the same time. This double-act is partly achieved by carefully controlled range that extends smoothly from a clean black into a bright white, and its ability at both ends of the scale provides counterpoint to further enhance light and dark.

It also has by far the most extensive menu options available. In fact, there are so many colour-related options it can get pretty confusing, but out-of-the-box performance is great, so you can play with the finer adjustments once you know your way around the OSD.

However, there are a couple of minor quibbles. To minimise distraction, the setup buttons are flush with the front bezel and almost invisibly labelled. They’re therefore difficult to use, and the way they relate to onscreen selection is awkward.

It also lacks the bells and whistles of some of its competitors, such as speakers or a USB hub (the USB port is for configuring the display through the supplied PC software). Then there’s the price, which is considerably more than others.

This means we can’t give Eizo the Labs winner award, but if you simply need excellent quality above all it should be top of your shortlist.

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