Eizo Foris FX2431 - 24in Monitor - Eizo Foris FX2431

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Sitting alongside the infrared sensor is another kind of sensor, an ambient light one. This, when enabled, will automatically adjust the brightness of the display to suit the conditions, so you needn't be blinded when the lights are off. It also means your monitor won't use more power than it strictly needs; there's even a power metre (titled EcoView Index on the remote) that appears in the bottom right corner to give you a rough idea how energy efficient the settings you're using are.

While there is a large number of settings accessible through the OSD, a few are only accessible via the remote. This includes another of the FX2431's entertainment orientated features, the Thru mode. This disables some of the display's image processing, reducing perceived 'input lag' to 1/60th of a second - around 16ms. This is either a good or a bad thing depending on your point of view: good, because it might give you the upper-hand in combat; bad, because you'll have no excuses if you lose!

Another gaming related function is the Size button, which gives you control over how the monitor scales content. There are numerous options available depending on the source and resolution, but the main thing to know is that the FX2431 fully supports 1:1 pixel mapping and scaling without distortion, so any 16:9 aspect sources (such as 1080p signals from a Blu-ray player or gaming console) will be displayed without being stretched.

This also applies to standard definition games content from previous generation consoles (even a PSP), which is upconverted with minimal loss of fidelity and no distortion. There's even a special 8-bit game mode called Real Image, which reduces blur when playing old 2D sprite based games. All fairly niche features, but if you're a gaming nut who has a large collection of consoles (old and new) then these features may appeal.

Also accessible via the remote is a full set of picture-in-picture options. You can adjust the position, switch to full-screen mode and toggle which input drives the integrated speakers. These are superior to your typical monitor efforts, proving more than good enough for watching TV on or casual music listening, but distortion does creep in at high volumes - especially when big explosions kick-in. You can control the balance, treble and bass from the 'Sound' menu in the OSD, as well as options for Bass Boost and a Stereo Expander, both of which are relatively effective.

Colour controls on the FX2431 are numerous. There are numerous presets, comprising Text, Picture, Movie and Game modes. Alongside the usual brightness and contrast controls, you can also adjust the black level (RGB), saturation and hue, while colour temperature options range from 4,000K to 10,000K. Under an Advanced Settings menu there are further options, including a toggle for the dynamic contrast mode (labelled 'ContrastEnhancer'), edge enhancement (OutlineEnhancer) as well as controls for gamma and gain.

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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