Compared to its competitors, Eizo monitors have always been rather rarefied beasts. Its displays have been known in particular for their colour accuracy and as such, have been targeted at the high-end of the market, for pre-press proofing, video editors and keen amateur or professional photographers. Consequently, its displays have tended to lack features that would make them appeal to the average consumer, such as fast response times, high brightness and any degree of affordability.
Eizo is ringing the changes with the 24in HD2441W, which is aimed firmly at the movie watching, PC and console gaming fraternity, yet also offers better colour accuracy than its competitors. It sports a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 and boasts the presence of not one, but two HDMI ports.
Eizo claims the HD2441W is the first 24in PC monitor to ship with full 1:1 pixel mapping over HDMI, which Eizo refers to as ’16:9’ Full’. This means that when fed with a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 images from HD DVD, Blu-ray, Xbox 360 or PS3, it will show it at exactly that resolution, leaving black bars at the top and bottom, without stretching the picture to fill the screen. For purists this is an important factor at maintaining image quality and if it’s not something you’re bothered about, it should be. The BenQ FP241W claimed to offer this feature but at launch it only worked over D-Sub. It’s rumoured that this can now be fixed via a Firmware update but until we’ve seen this for ourselves we can’t confirm it.
Eizo is also claiming a dynamic contrast ration of 3,000:1 and a brightness of 450cd/m2, which is bright, a 6ms grey-to-grey response time (16ms on/off) and an Outline Enhancer for sharpening images. You also get a Picture-in-Picture mode.
As well as the two HDMI ports, HDCP capable, naturally, the panel offers DVI and VGA connections and two upstream and two downstream USB ports. By switching between USB upstream ports you can have two PCs connected to the screen with one keyboard and mouse set, making the monitor essentially act as a KVM. There’s also an audio pass through cable so you can use one set of speakers with each PC. There’s a left side mounted headphone socket, next to the two USB ports.