REVIEW: Eizo S2410W-K Part 9
How people perceive a display’s responsiveness is a highly subjective matter. For this reason, we can not arrive at a definite conclusion about whether the Eizo S2410W-K monitor can meet the high demands that hardcore gamers generally have. Considering previous experiences, we know that ambitious gamers are among the particularly picky target groups in terms of judging a display’s responsiveness.
When connected digitally, the Eizo S2410W-K supports a refresh rate (vertical frequency) of 59 – 61 Hz. In analog mode, given a resolution of 1.280 x 1.024 is set, the refresh rates can be set within a possible range of 49 to 86 Hz. Working at a resolution of 1.600 x 1.200 allows for refresh rates between 49 and 76 Hz. Running the native resolution of 1.920 x 1.200 is possible at refresh rates from 49 to 61 Hz. In analog mode, we did not conduct any other tests than the one for reviewing the image quality.
The way the Eizo S2410W-K interpolates can be configured using the OSD. The following settings are available: Full screen, Aspect and 1:1 display mode. We rate the interpolated image quality as very good. The pictures below give an impression of how well it performs. There is almost no loss in detail visible and the loss in focus is low as well. This statement applies to interpolated image quality in games. In desktop mode, it is advisable to always use the native resolution because only then you will able to get the maximum in focus and image quality out of your LCD monitor.
Picture section taken from "HL²": on the left you can see the native resolution of 1.920 x 1.200 pixels and on the right you can see the 1.680 x 1.050 pixel resolution centered and at its true aspect ratio. The right picture shows 800 x 600 interpolated with true aspect ratio.
In order to be able to play the latest 3D games at the display’s native resolution of 1.920 x 1.200 in a reasonable way at all, one will need a graphics card from the high end of the spectrum such as an ATI X1800 XT or nVidia 7800GTX. But even with these graphics cards, in some of the more recent games with all detail settings maxed out, frame rates will plunge or fluctuate heavily. In such a case it helps to either reduce the details or choose the next smaller resolution 1.680 x 1.050. If you don’t want to, you also have the option of going for a Crossfire or SLI graphics system. In using Crossfire by ATI or SLI by nVidia, a minimum of two graphics cards are running interconnectedly. Unfortunately, this solution isn’t exactly cheap to purchase.
The fact of the Eizo S2410W-K being a widescreen monitor with an aspect ratio of 16:10 generally makes it better suited for multimedia applications than standard format monitors with a 4:3 or 5:4 aspect ratio, of course. When watching DVDs, the black bars at the top and at the bottom are significantly smaller.
Picture from "Last Samurai"
Thanks to the Samsung made S-PVA panel teamed up with the 10 Bit Look-Up table, the S2410W-K can depict the most subtle color and grey shades very clearly. Fog, darker passages and glare effects like the ones that can be seen in the movie "Last Samurai" for example, are easily tackled by this monitor. Whenever a movie or DVD is of inferior quality (e.g. due to bad compression), the S2410W-K will reveal it mercilessly and in a clearly visible way. The high resolution of 1.920 x 1.200 downright calls for watching HD movies or at least DVDs whose video material is high in quality. Unfortunately, both DVI-I inputs don’t support HDCP.
Picture from "Appleseed – The Movie"
Thanks to "Motion Picture Overdrive", hectic action sequences, battle scenes or camera pannings don’t pose a challenge for the display. None of the DVDs we used for this review unearthed any amount of ghosting whatsoever. There are movie trailers in HD format available for download on the Internet, and this is the very domain where the S2410W-K gets to flex its muscles. It’s just great fun to watch movies at an almost stunning quality on the S2410W-K.
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