Eizo Foris FX2431 - 24in Monitor - Eizo Foris FX2431

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

At this price one expects pretty stellar performance and the FX2431 duly delivers. Out of the box it comes well calibrated, so very little tuning is required to get it looking good - we merely tweaked contrast down from 50 to 45 and set the colour temperature to 6,500K. It put in a near flawless performance in our testing, producing smooth gradients, well graduated grey tones and striking but accurate colours. Backlight bleed is more or less non-existent, resulting in a pleasingly uniform picture across the whole panel. Text production is also razor sharp, with no discernable rainbow artefacts around characters.

This performance is borne out in all kinds of scenarios. Photos look crisp and vibrant, while games also benefit from the vivid palette and inky blacks. As with any LCD based display there is some motion blur, but it's kept to an acceptable minimum at all times. Viewing angles are also excellent, with some minor (and unavoidable) contrast loss, but little in the way of colour shift.

In terms of sheer wow factor, though, it's really high definition video that benefits the most. Given this monitor costs as much as many a large format TV it's just as well, but the Full HD capable resolution, superb quality panel and 1080p/24Hz processing means the FX2431 can easily match expensive LCD TVs in terms HD video fidelity. Small details are brought out with great alacrity, while even the dimmest lit scene is produced with plenty of detail. It's an impressive effort.

Yet, is it an effort worth paying nigh-on £900 for? However good it is, it's hard to make a persuasive argument to call the FX2431 good value for money. You certainly get what you pay for in terms of quality, but at this price one is really looking for perfection and it doesn't quite deliver that - the lack of an optical audio output alone will put the frighteners on the kind of people willing to spend this kind of money. Moreover, unless you must have the kind of features this display offers, the likes of the HP LP2475w and NEC Multisync LCD24WMGX3 (while it's still available) offer comparable performance and no shortage of features for a fraction of the price.

Nonetheless, assuming you've got the money to spare and the need for such a versatile monitor, the FX2431 is outstanding and with Eizo you're unlikely to suffer the kind of panel lottery sometimes experienced with more mainstream manufacturers. You also benefit from a lengthy five year warranty, which is a reassuring feature when you're spending this much money.

Verdict

There's no denying the quality of the Eizo Foris FX2431; its image quality is exceptional and it has a wealth of useful features to exploit, allowing you to get the best from any source. It's just the price and the lack of an optical audio output that grate, making this a very impressive but also slightly flawed proposition.

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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