However, the headphone socket did nothing for sound quality, adding an unwelcome shrillness to the sound in my headphones. The integrated speakers are cleverly placed underneath the bezel at the bottom and went surprisingly loud once I upped the volume in the OSD menu, but they’re best suited for really occasional listening.
The USB upstream connector is at the rear, alongside the line-in connector for the integrated speakers. Next to this is a DVI port and next to this is a D-Sub connector. There’s no mention of the DVI port being HDCP compliant, but the widescreen issue means that it’s not ideal for watching HDCP protected content anyway.
At the rear there are grips for keeping the power cables in check – one on the back of the stand and another just above it. This is oddly located in the centre, while the cables you would run though it are actually to the right of it.
The display itself, sits on a simple angled stand with a hinge providing 22 degree of upwards tilt and five per cent downwards. There’s no height adjustment though, not that you would expect it at the price.
The buttons are set at the side of the screen, which is a good thing as it keeps the front clear but it means that you can’t see them and have to remember what button does what, making the OSD awkward to navigate. I also found the look and feel of the OSD to be rather dated.
Moving in the third menu screen you’ll find the Auto Brightness setting and the Auto Power setting. The Auto Brightness adjust feature was not setup by default and after turning it on, the screen dropped down in brightness quite dramatically, even in a fully lit office. Going into the menu revealed that it was now at 80 per cent, so there’s quite a large gap between that and 100 per cent. IIyama is quoting 400 candelas per inch which is quite a bit more than the 300 that most competing monitors offer. However, when I turn the lights off the brightness didn’t change so I didn’t feel that the auto setting really added much. With Auto Brightness on you can’t control the brightness setting, so if you want to make fine adjustments, you have to turn it off.
The Auto Power Off setting proved to be more immediately impressive. When the sensor detects that there’s no one in front of the screen it turns itself off, and you can set it to do so after either one, three or five minutes. It’s a very neat trick and it does work. There’s something very Star Trek about sitting down in front of the screen and it turning itself on without you even having to touch a key. It’s also a very green thing to do as power consumption goes down from 35W in normal running to 2W in power saving mode, which is very green, though in this mode the light at the side in fact changes to orange.
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