So you want a large LCD monitor. Well, so do I and I think I may have found just the one in the shape of Eizo’s FlexScan S2410W. It’s a 24in widescreen monster, and as you might know, that is my preferred spec for an LCD - ideal for image editing and word processing and/or gaming and watching movies.
We recently reviewed the Samsung SyncMaster 244T, and Riyad was highly impressed with its overall performance, great price, and solid feature set. We’ve also reviewed the colour-critical Eizo ColorEdge CG220 and the NEC SpectraView Reference 21, both great for image editing, but also expensive.
The S2410W however, sits somewhere between the Samsung and those two professional monitors. At £1,068 at the time of writing, its price is closer to that of the Samsung, but it’s geared towards graphics professionals. Interestingly, the S2410W also uses a Samsung PVA panel which bodes well for contrast and viewing angles, but that does not mean the image quality is necessarily going to be the same.
As it stands, the S2410W is a chunky old beast, and dare I say typical of previous Eizo angular designs. It comes in two colours, black and white/silver (the white/silver is perhaps more suitable to a Mac setup), and one of its key features is the stand. This incorporates an ingenious arcing and tilting mechanism that allows the display to be raised and lowered through a shallow curve, as well as being tilted back and forward. This means the panel can be raised to almost eye level or lowered at an angle akin to reading a book. The base also has a 172 degree swivelling action, but unlike the Samsung 244T, the panel can not be pivoted into a portrait orientation.
The chassis is perforated with slits and holes for heat dissipation, and around the back you’ll find a metal cable tidy that in all honesty does a poor job of clamping down on the cables, often flipping open if the cables press against it.
The power supply is internal and for connectivity you get a USB 2.0 hub with two downstream ports positioned on the left side of the chassis. The upstream port is vertically mounted at the rear and the necessary USB cable is supplied. Next to this are two DVI-I ports both of which can accept a digital or an analogue signal but, unlike the Samsung SyncMaster 244T, they are not HDCP compliant. With the supplied DVI-to-DVI and DVI-to-D-SUB cables two PCs can be connected simultaneously. With a touch of the Signal switch you can also swap between the two sources.