GCN Lab Review: Eizo FlexScan SX3031W

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The 30-inch widescreen SX3031W was the largest LCD in the roundup and pushes the definition of a personal display. It has several inputs, including two DVI, two USB and a USB-in port. However, given its size, a few more inputs would make it more versatile. There is room for component video and an HDMI port, or at least Svideo.

The slight disappointment with the lack of ports was the last negative feeling we had when testing the SX3031W. In display testing, it aced every test we threw at it, which is even more impressive given the size of the panel.

[IMGCAP(1)]There is no light bleed at all, even when displaying a uniformly black screen. It also can display a perfect gray field. When asked to display a single pixel, it does so with pinpoint accuracy and accurately displays colors even when the hues are extremely similar, such as along a 64-step grid. And it has no problem showing light images either, even when the image is only 2 percent darker than the background.

Text was easily readable at 6.8 points, equal to the best in the review.

One reason for the amazing accuracy is the screen uniformity, something unexpected in such a large screen. There is only a 40- lumen difference in brightness between the center of the screen and any corner. The only test in which the SX3031W wavered slightly was registration tracking, which tests monitors to see how well they would play video. This is notable only because the SX3031W was not quite perfect, though still quite good.

At $3,499, the SX3031W is expensive, but if you need a huge display with pinpoint accuracy, it's worth the money. Its laser-precise accuracy earns it a Reviewer's Choice designation even with the high price.

Eizo Nanoa Technologies, 800-800-5202, www.eizo.com

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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