There are some things absent though – most notably a component input, while S-Video and composite are missing also. This limits connectivity with items such as a PlayStation 2 or a Wii, which is a shame. Of course you might not wish to attach a, Wii which can only output 480p or 576i as the picture will need to be upscaled considerably, but ironically Eizo makes much of the fact that it has processing especially 480i. Without component, this seems almost redundant.
With the HD2441W, Eizo is aiming to combine these features with appeal of its legendary colour accurate displays to create a ‘Prosumer’ level display, and it has largely succeeded with this fine example. Of course it’s still more expensive than the likes of current offerings from Dell and Samsung, but that’s what you would expect from Eizo.
The Eizo is impressive from the moment you take it out of the box. DVI, HDMI, VGA and USB cables are all supplied, which is great. It comes out in one piece with the stand already attached, which saves time. With the stand attached it’s a fairly heavy 10.3Kg. The actual panel is remarkably thick, as much as the 26in 26in NEC LCD2690WUXi, which bodes well for image quality.
The stand is quite an interesting beast. It has height adjustment and can be moved up and down but it’s curved, dubbed ArcSwing, so that at the bottom it angles upwards and at the top angles down. If you want it straight on you have to have it in between, but that means that you can’t raise it up very far and have it straight on. This proved controversial in the office. I liked it, others didn’t. It’s actually really comfortable to work with it on the desk angled up but I’m not sure why you’d ever need it angled down. There is no rotate function for portrait mode but it does rotate round on its circular base.
A label on the front describes the bezel as having a ‘SlimEdge’, though actually it’s no thinner than the average 24in display. While Eizo may be going more consumer friendly with the features, the look is a little industrial for my tastes, with a black bezel and thin white lines round the OSD buttons located on a curved panel stuck onto the underside. It’s also available in white and in silver, which might look a bit more home friendly.