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Since the FX2431 is more overtly entertainment orientated than Eizo's other monitors, its feature set is slightly different to suit. This starts with the connectivity, which is not only very thorough, but arranged in a pleasingly accessible manner. Connections point outward for easy access, so you can actually see what you're plugging into, while the digital and analogue connections are separated either side of the central pillar. Our only gripe would be that there are no easy access connections on the side, like a USB port, though there is a headphone jack on the front fascia.
As for the connectivity itself, on the digital side of things you get two HDMI ports and a DVI port, with the obligatory D-SUB providing the analogue backup. Unusually, especially for a monitor, the HDMI ports accept 1080p/24p (48Hz) signals, which ensures superior judder free playback of high-definition Blu-ray discs. This is an especially unusual feature for a PC monitor, separating it from other even high-end efforts. They're also CEC enabled, though auto-switching of inputs is turned off by default.
There's also a large selection of AV inputs, comprising component, composite and S-Video, with RCA audio jacks to match. There are a total of three 3.5mm audio inputs, one each matched to the DVI and D-SUB ports and another for one of the HDMI ports, which both carry audio as well.
For audio output there's a 3.5mm speaker jack, though Eizo has missed a trick here by not including an optical audio output as well - a feature found on the similarly targeted NEC Multisync LCD24WMGX3. Indeed, this is a potentially very significant oversight given the astronomical price of the FX2431, though the NEC appears to have been discontinued, with availability very scarce now.
Finally there are also two upstream and two downstream USB ports, allowing you to connect a mouse and keyboard to the monitor and two separate PCs, essentially using the monitor as a KVM. This is a very useful feature on any display with so many inputs.
Moving to the front of the unit, the FX2431 features a straightforward array of controls, with 'Select' and 'Enter' buttons joined by four-way controls arranged in a line. There's also the aforementioned headphone jack here, which is always a welcome sight. Navigating the functional menus is pretty easy, with the Enter button entering and exiting options, the up and down arrows moving around them, and the left and right ones adjusting settings.
However, as the small infrared receiver to the right suggests, you needn't use these as a remote is also supplied. It's a very nice one, too. A little chunky it might be, but it's well arranged, giving you quick access to input selection (divided by PC, Video and HDMI) and plenty else besides. We'd be very happy if more monitors came with remotes, though not many have enough features to justify one.
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