Eizo FlexScan S2410W review

£659
Price when reviewed

Eizo’s 24in offering hasn’t changed since our last group test, but the fact that it can still compete with the newest models shows the incredible quality of the FlexScan S2410W. In both technical and real-world tests, it came out top of the pile, and in the applications for which it’s intended – CAD work and design – it was hard to find any fault.

Despite its 450cd/m2 maximum brightness, the white level is slightly dimmer than the others in the group, but together with the 1,000:1 contrast ratio it has a phenomenally dark black level. We saw no uneven patches in the backlight, and the greyscale ramp showed flawless colour blending and a wide dynamic range (black blacks and white whites). The range was slightly compressed at the top end of the colour ramp, but again the blending was ultra-smooth throughout.

This is thanks to Eizo’s 14-bit colour processing, which produces vivid and lifelike tones, and resulted in stunning handling of our test images. Colours were superbly accurate in every scene we threw at it.

The oversaturation may not be to everyone’s tastes, but the OSD has plenty of options with which to tone it down. It can be tweaked for each individual colour, although we didn’t need to change much for a perfect picture. This is a good thing, since the OSD may be comprehensive, but it’s one of the more fiddly to use with its tiny symbols and occasionally erratic touch-sensitive buttons.

But that’s the only complaint we have about the design and build quality; the chunky ArcSwing stand is hugely adjustable, tilting back by 60 degrees and lifting by nearly 100mm. The S2410W also boasts a pair of DVI ports for sharing between two computers, although they aren’t HDCP compliant.

Fast-motion scenes blur slightly, despite the overdrive circuit and 8ms response time, but the S2410W is still fine for editing video. And while the price has fallen by more than £200 since we last saw it, it’s still more expensive than the BenQ and Dell. It’s a premium only worth paying if you need the best possible colour accuracy.

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