GCN Lab Review: Eizo FlexScan EcoView EV2411W LCD monitor
- By John Breeden II
- Jun 29, 2009
Fine-detail display, energy-efficient, sharp black screen.Cons:
Menu is difficult to navigate.Image quality:
Typically, an Eizo Nanao entry into any monitor review will have extremely good image display. Although the EV2411W has no major flaws, ViewSonic’s VG2427wm outperforms it in terms of overall image quality.
In this GCN Lab review:
LCD monitors go big, with mostly good results
ViewSonic VG2427wm LCD monitor
Eizo FlexScan EcoView EV2411W LCD monitor
Acer B273HU LCD monitor
NEC MultiSync EA241WM LCD monitor
Dell UltraSharp 2709W LCD monitor
HP LP2475w LCD monitor
The EV2411W’s focus seems to be on being green and improving the health of the people who work with the screen — or at least not degrading it. There are several nice features in both those areas that set the monitor apart from others in this review. If you are looking to be a little greener, the EV2411W might be that new leaf you want to turn over.
The EV2411W has an LED backlight instead of a standard cold cathode fluorescent lamp we found with most other monitors. That means the panel has no mercury, and it uses only about 0.8 watts of power when it’s in power-save mode.
A little green plant icon and gauge pop up at the bottom of the screen whenever you change the LCD’s settings. If you activate the light sensor on the front of the monitor, which automatically adjusts screen brightness based on conditions, the green dial will go up. If you increase brightness, it will go down. If you are able to get the meter to its highest point, the EV2411W is operating at maximum efficiency, or the greenest possible setting.
In addition to a monitor stand that rotates, telescopes and pivots for user comfort, a utility called EyeCare monitors LCD use. If you have been working at the computer for a long time, an alert will pop up on the screen telling you to take a break and rest your eyes. The monitor will also give you a chart of usage patterns throughout the month so you can see where you are wasting power and adjust your habits accordingly — for example, by turning your screen off when you leave to go to your weekly meeting.
In terms of image quality, we were a little surprised that the EV2411W didn’t get top marks as other Eizo displays have in the past. There is nothing wrong with the EV2411W, but it didn’t have that supreme quality we have seen with the company’s other monitors. Nevertheless, it produced very accurate colors, had a sharp black screen, and displayed light and dark images well. The screen was also extremely uniform, with an average of 218 lumens in the middle of the screen and 207 in the corners, which is about as close to a perfect match as you can get.
There was a slight bit of light bleed from the edge of the screen, but it was difficult to notice. We only mention it because it is not typical of Eizo monitors because their panels are so tightly constructed. Perhaps the switch to the new backlight LED technology is to blame.
If you are looking for a high-quality monitor that is easy on energy consumption and users’ eyes, the EV2411W is a great choice.
Eizo Nanao, 800-800-5202 ext. 135, www.eizo.com
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.