Iiyama ProLite E1900S-S review

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The ProLite E1900S-S is one of the cheapest 4:3 TFTs here, yet it doesn’t skimp on image quality. It follows the trend we’ve found this month that TFTs are now at the point where image quality no longer varies significantly between entry-level and high-end models. Instead, price reflects the level of features on offer.

Iiyama ProLite E1900S-S review

The low price means the E1900S-S has a tilt-only stand, and there’s little in the way of other frills. It still boasts integrated speakers, which are better than the Eizo and Belinea’s, and they’ll be acceptable for the occasional game and music. Plus, although Iiyama quotes a 5ms response time, it uses an accelerator circuit to reach 2ms, and this was backed up by the fact that we saw no motion blur or ghosting.

By default, the contrast is set too high, but once we reduced it and lowered the individual RGB levels, image quality was impressive. In our technical tests, the Iiyama scored above average in most categories, once picking up full marks for its flawless grey tone. Slight hiccups occurred in our greyscale ramp, where some banding was visible, and in the colour ramp, which lacked smooth transitions between colours.

However, the E1900S-S excelled in the real-world tests. The Windows Desktop in particular was crisp and easy on the eye, and we noticed a good amount of detail in dark scenes of DVDs thanks to the 700:1 contrast ratio. Colour accuracy in our photo tests couldn’t match the best of the group, but it isn’t something that will hinder you when editing your holiday snaps.

Overall, the Iiyama is good value and worth considering if you don’t need the extra features of more expensive models.

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