Independent Review by IT Pro.
EIZO FlexScan EV2795
EIZO Model Category: PREMIUM
Compared to the Iiyama ProLite XUB3493WQSU-B1, all the cards appear to be against this 27in Eizo monitor. After all, it has a mere 1440p resolution to the Iiyama’s 4K whilst costing more than twice as much. Bearing in mind that the ProLite produced a respectable set of results in our image-quality tests, is there any reason to spend more?
The answer is “yes” for several reasons, but whether they’re worth the difference in price will entirely depend on your needs. The first reason will be if you’re searching for a neat dual-monitor setup, because the Eizo offers daisy-chaining via a USB-C output. So you could power your laptop through the Eizo’s USB-C input, connect a second screen via the USB-C output and only require two power cables: one to each monitor. So the total number of cables to deal with drops to just four.
While that second screen could be from a different manufacturer, if you’re looking for colour-matching across both then you should stick with Eizo. Its Screen InStyle software synchronises changes you make to colour profiles or brightness across the displays, and you can be confident that Eizo’s quality testing will ensure near-identical performance across different monitors.
That performance will be top-tier, as it is with the EV2795 on test here. Switch to sRGB and you can be confident the monitor will indeed cover that colour space, without leaking into others, as reflected by its 95% coverage of the sRGB gamut out of 97% volume. Accuracy is excellent too, with a stunningly low 0.58 Delta E average and a maximum of 1.88. That’s better than most human eyes will ever spot.
What you don’t get with FlexScan monitors, however, is the incredible ability of their (much more expensive) ColorEdge brethren to slip into Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 modes. Here, Eizo offers a Movie preset that pumps up DCI-P3 coverage from 69% to 78%. That’s a nice bump, but you won’t see some of the more vivid colours that filmmakers hoped to bring you.
There’s no need to worry about missing detail, though, as a 1,078:1 contrast ratio in combination with a peak brightness of 337cd/m2 is enough to pick out what’s happening in the darkest backgrounds. Another nice feature of this display is that it can drop brightness way down to 1cd/m2, which is a nice show-off feature. More practically, if you’re worried about your eyes being burned out at the end of each day, switch on the panel’s EcoView setting and it automatically adjusts the output to the brightness of your room.
As ever with Eizo screens, navigating all these settings is a pleasing experience. Press on one of the touch-sensitive panels on the bottom bezel and a context-sensitive menu springs into life, with each button press receiving an instant response. Mix in the most logical menu layout of any manufacturer and you’ll find yourself whizzing through your options before deciding on what’s perfect for you.
For example, you might decide to hook up two computers to the FlexScan and take advantage of the built-in KVM. Here, you would connect a laptop via USB-C (it supplies up to 70W of power) with a desktop PC connected to either the HDMI or DisplayPort inputs, along with the USB-B cable. Whenever you switch between inputs, the keyboard and mouse will switch with you.
The stand is equally flexible, sporting Eizo’s usual expansive array of adjustment options. The most impressive of these is the stand’s 176mm of height adjustment, which means you can push the bottom of the screen almost to desk level, but also note the 35° of backwards tilt – it’s a great choice if you need to gather a few people round to look at what’s on your screen.
As you’d expect from a professional monitor, Eizo doesn’t go to town with gaming features. While there’s a respectable 5ms response time, you don’t get support for adaptive sync technologies and the refresh rate stays at a sober 60Hz. Eizo does provide a pair of speakers, yet with a 1W output they produce a weak sound that’s only really suitable for (quiet) web calls.
Speakers aside, the Eizo FlexScan EV2795’s quality seeps through every pore. Add in the five-year warranty and you can buy it with confidence.
EIZO FlexScan EV2785
EIZO Model Category: The New Standard
While Eizo’s FlexScan screens don’t have the hardware calibration of its ColorEdge series and can “only” display 16.7 million colours, they still offer phenomenal accuracy. That’s shown in the EV2785’s results, with 99.1% coverage of the sRGB gamut (116.1% volume) and a Delta E of 0.37. Even its worst result was 1.07, which means that its colours are essentially perfect.
Despite this, we can’t recommend the FlexScan EV2785 for print-focused creatives as it only covers 73.5% of the Adobe RGB gamut; ViewSonic’s VP2785-2K is the better option here if your budget is limited.
So who is the Eizo right for? Well, anyone looking for versatility, build quality and reliability. The EV2785’s stand offers an unmatched 178mm of height adjustment, while the screen swivels 344°, pivots 90° and tilts back a full 35°.
Eizo also offers the most generous warranty here, with five years of on-site cover and a six-month guarantee that promises replacement if any sub-pixels are fully lit. The company invests in a brilliant OSD, too, with touch-sensitive buttons on the bottom bezel that allow you to flick between its numerous settings with ease. It offers a huge spectrum of colour temperatures, ranging from 4000K to 10000K in (largely) 500K increments and, unlike other manufacturers, it’s very close at matching those temperatures. A maximum brightness of 333cd/m2 is also highly commendable.
There are two HDMI inputs alongside the DisplayPort and USB-C connectors, which are all easily accessible, while Eizo provides two USB-A ports and a headphone jack on the left of the screen as you face it (the two 1W speakers are as weedy as their specification sounds). Unlike the NEC EA271U, you can’t use it as a KVM, as there’s no USB-B port. Also note that both monitors’ USB-C power output is limited to 60W.
Like the EA271U, this is a brilliant monitor with a price to match. The Eizo edges ahead due to its superior warranty, more flexible stand and outstanding OSD, along with a wider gamut panel. If you’re looking for a top-quality 4K monitor for under £1,000, you’ve found it.