I must admit that I was a little surprised when Iiyama popped round to the TrustedReviews offices to see if we would be interested in reviewing a regular 19in monitor. These days it’s all about the widescreen, and we looked at Iiyama’s own 22in display a few months ago. However, the X486S is more than just another LCD monitor.
It’s got three features that raise it above the crowd. Firstly, it’s got a motion sensor that can detect when you’re away from your monitor and drop the display into power saving mode and then wake itself up when you return. Next is the integrated light sensor that automatically adjusts brightness according to the ambient light conditions and thirdly, the panel features a high contrast glare filter. This is great for colours and contrast, but these tend to cause severe problems with reflections. Iiyama however, counters this with a greater brightness level than most competing monitors, the aim being to give the best of both worlds.
Let’s get the main criticism of the X486BS out of the way – it’s not widescreen, which for a display aimed at gamers is a problem. It’s still true that many games still don’t support widescreen but a great many do, and the fact is that widescreen is the way of the future, while the 5:4 aspect ratio of this 1,280 x 1,024 screen isn’t. I find it questionable that any gamer who wants to invest in a new display would choose one that wasn’t widescreen.
The one reason that you might choose this display is that it is cheaper than going widescreen, with IIyama’s 22in display costing £258.09, though you could get Mirai’s budget screen for only for only £218.43. However, a good reason to go with this screen is that it’s a better display in many respects.
Firstly, the styling is quite attractive, with a black bezel clean of any buttons. There a removable sticker on the bottom right and the Iiyama logo at the top right. The bezel is thicker at the bottom with an indented strip running through this. At centre of this is the optical sensor I mentioned above. Integrated into the bezel at the top left is the light sensor, while at the right hand side is a rather unusually placed power switch. A light glows blue when on and orange when the display goes into low power mode.
Down the right hand side you’ll find the OSD buttons and beneath these you’ll find a headphone socket and a USB port, useful additions. The former means you don’t need to scrabble around the back of your PC if you want to switch between the built in speakers and using headphones, while the USB connector is great for hooking up devices such as MP3 players or memory card readers.