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Precise control is all well and good, but if the overall picture quality is not up to it then it’s redundant. Thankfully Eizo hasn’t neglected this. After leaving the monitor to warm up for 20 minutes or so and letting the brightness stabilisation sensor do its stuff, I was treated to some truly outstanding DisplayMate results.
The 14-bit colour processing ASIC gave excellent 256 greyscales and colour scales – smooth as they come, with no signs of banding. I was also just able to discern a difference between level 254 over level 255. Blacks were extremely black, and whites were dazzling – a clear indication that the 1000:1 contrast ratio is no marketing hype. In fact this, coupled with its LCDTV-like 450cd/m2 brightness, makes the S2410W too harsh for normal text work. In this respect, I’d positively recommend using the Text mode to save your eyes. Colours were very vibrant, if somewhat on the over-saturated side, but I was able to soften these with a little tweaking.
As for my real world tests, colour in my sample shots looked spot on, but some detail was lost in shadows/lowlights. The same could be said of watching movies too, but I can’t fault the lively colours in daylight scenes. With the S2410W’s overdrive circuit in overdrive (excuse the pun), an 8ms mid-tone, (grey-to-grey) response time is realised, making motion smearing and after glow virtually undetectable. Viewing angles in both planes were also very wide, with no sign of colour shifting or a dramatic drop in illumination.
So with a decent set of test results, the Eizo S2410W is probably best described as offering the end user a display solution that encompasses a mixed bag of niches – some factors against it, but more in its favour. It performs well for image editing and is not as expensive as the colour-critical models out there. However, there’s no hardware colour calibration as such. It offers a level of OSD adjustability and customisation that you won’t always find on cheaper LCD monitors, but then it can’t be pivoted into a portrait view. DVD movies look good on the monitor, but then it’s not future-proofed with HDCP-compliancy.
At the end of the day you can’t dispute the quality of the Eizo FlexScan S2410W. However, you could its price when compared to the Samsung SyncMaster 244T.
A fine 24in widescreen LCD geared towards graphics professionals, with a novel stand and a high level of picture adjustment. However, it is pricey and some users may seek a cheaper alternative.
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