Eizo FlexScan S2110W

Pros: Big, widescreen LCD, awesome control panel

Cons: Some washed-out colors, yellowish gray

Price: $1,199

Image quality: B-

Features: B

Value: C+

The 21-inch widescreen S2110W is one of the largest LCDs in the review.

And while it could be a good choice if you absolutely need a wide-format LCD, we've found that, the larger the display, the harder it is for products to ace our image quality tests. The S2110W is no exception.

Graphics on the S2110W couldn't match most of the smaller LCDs reviewed here, though none of its flaws were necessarily egregious.

Its biggest problem was the level of light bleeding in from the corners and edges of the screen, which washes out the borders of large, full-screen applications.

Most notably, grayscale images came out in the test looking noticeably yellow.
The monitor does have some nice features, including the coolest control scheme we've ever seen.

There are no buttons, just a black panel with descriptors on it like 'Auto' and 'Signal.'

When you brush your finger against that area of the panel, it responds. Nothing happens when you mash the panel with a pencil eraser, for example; the S2110W uses your finger to complete an electrical circuit.

Coolness aside, the controls are simple to use and highly responsive.

Overall the S2110W is not a bad monitor'in fact, it's quite good for a wide-format LCD.

But clearly, today's hottest display format hasn't caught up in image quality with traditional LCDs.

For day-to-day work, especially jobs in which discerning what you see on-screen is important, look somewhere else.

Eizo Nanao Technologies Inc., Cypress, Calif., (800) 800-5202, www.eizo.com

About the Author

John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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