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Eizo Foris FX2431 - 24in Monitor review

Andy Vandervell

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Eizo is a name that instantly commands respect. Indeed, it's a company that doesn't really make bad products, just the kinds of products that cost more than ordinary folk are typically willing to part with. While the Foris FX2431, which is marketed as a high-end multimedia and gaming display, is cheaper than the company's bleeding-edge professional efforts, at just less than £900 this is still a display most people will only dream about.

Given the price it's no surprise to find this display is crammed to the gills with high-quality circuitry, a premium VA panel and loads of connectivity. However, while this is ostensibly a consumer product, it still retains Eizo's habitual industrial looking design. This is a large, chunky monitor finished entirely in matte black plastic, not the kind of monitor that'll grace you're living room.

So it's no style icon, but where it impresses is in its build quality, which is in a completely different league to the vast majority of monitors, even those that cost £400 or more. Despite weighing in at a substantial 10.5kg with its stand (8.1kg without), it remains very stable and well planted.

It's not necessarily the most adjustable screen, though. It doesn't, for instance, have pivot built into the stand, though in every other respect it can't really be faulted. It rotates on its stand 172 degrees left and right, tilts 35 degrees up and five degrees down, while the height adjustment range is 24cm.

Much of its stability can be attributed to the slightly unusual height adjustment mechanism, where the monitor slides up and down on rails. It's not the easiest system use, you need to grab the screen with two hands to move it up and down, but once in place it isn't budging!

Being a proper 24in monitor with a 16:10 aspect ratio, the FX2431 sports the usual 1,920 x 1,200 native resolution. While statistics can be quite misleading, especially where monitors are concerned, on paper the VA panel ticks all the right boxes. It's rated at up 360 nits brightness and has a 1,000:1 native contrast ratio, boosted to up to 2,000:1 in dynamic mode. This latter figure is pleasingly realistic, eschewing the kind of ridiculous claims some manufacturers choose to make.

Response times are quoted at 6ms grey-to-grey and 16ms black-white-black, both fairly typical values and not unrealistically low. Finally, there's the 96 per cent Adobe RGB colour gamut, which is about what you'd expect for a high-end CCFL backlit LCD monitor such as this.

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stranded

August 10, 2009, 11:00 am

I have already started to save money for this beauty. And guess where i'll put it, in my living room. Design is way better than 24"HP.


I always liked Eizo (and Nec) but i was finding max brightness levels not high enough for my taste. How about this monitor?


One other thing that worries me is the 16ms input lag. I currently have a 0ms lag 22" monitor.


---you (can't always) never have what you want---

Andy Vandervell

August 10, 2009, 2:23 pm

Well 16ms for this kind of monitor is actually very good, more than good enough imo - but then I personally feel the whole input lag debate is horrendously overblown.

mjaffk

August 10, 2009, 5:47 pm

Not really the screen you'd buy to play Quake on, so 16ms must be more than adequate.

Tim Sutton

August 10, 2009, 9:24 pm

Nice review Andy, thank-you.





How does the panel on this compare to the NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi in terms of image quality? If I handed you my credit card, which would you go for?

SpiderJacek

August 10, 2009, 9:46 pm

@Andy


"... but then I personally feel the whole input lag debate is horrendously overblown."





Sure it is overblown. I have 2ms Samsung 19" monitor and still I can see smearing when something moves fast on the screen. So either I have an eye of a hawk or Samsung lies about tech specs of their devices...

Andy Vandervell

August 10, 2009, 10:31 pm

@Tim Sutton: Couldn't tell you conclusively, but both are awesome - I'd go for the 30in unless this has a feature you feel you need.





@Spider: I suspect we're talking about different things here. You're referring to the response time, the above was in reference to input lag, though as you say the argument applies equally both ways. Ultimately it's all about the quality of the panel, all the numbers behind it all can be a bit of a red herring.

moury

August 27, 2009, 8:17 pm

moury





i love this product


i found it so cheap to be bought


i recomend it for every one

waiza

November 5, 2009, 8:57 pm

is it possibile to connect a ps3 ? and watch br disc ?


thanks

Ahlan

February 26, 2010, 11:01 pm

@waiza, it works with a PS3, and there are amazing games on PS3 that looks jaw dropping on this Eizo monitor.

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