REVIEW: Eizo S2111W-BK Part 15
Practical games tests
Measurements and figures are not everything. As a result, we battled our way through thick jungle, ramshackle houses and bleak futuristic scenes in order to judge the actual games experience in fast-moving action games offered by the Eizo S2111W-K.
The picture looks splendid and easily outshines that of any TN panel. Thanks to its 10 Bit LUT and the hardware-based Gamma correction, the Eizo monitor hardly loses any colour or grey values when adjusting very dark or bright scenes. Dark games sections are displayed as perfectly as bright scenes.
Top: Scenes such as this regularly prove a touch nut for LCDs to crack: the apparatus in front of the dirty wall cause clearly visible streaks and overdrive corona effects – but not with the Eizo S2111W-K.
The Dynamic Motion Picture Overdrive of the Eizo S2111W-K is – apart from the still bearable lag of around two frames– well-matched with the panel and the user will seek corona effects or streaks in vain.
Only when an exceptionally artificial test picture was used with specific colour combinations could we perceive small streaks and corona effects. Very sharp eyes will only notice these by looking closely during play – and then only in the deepest black shadows and borders.
Dark scenes look magnificent on the Eizo S2111W-K; If you look closely, you can see some small streaks in dark corners in fast-panned scenes, but these do not have any effect on the gamer’s enjoyment.
Image frequency and tearing
Eizo gives a vertical frequency value of up to 85 HZ for the S2111W-K in analogue mode. If you wish to use the higher frequency, however, you will be disappointed, since the Eizo S2111W-K –like so many other monitors- works internally at a fixed 60 Hz.
At image frequencies which deviate from 60 Hz, tearing becomes noticeable, which means that the Eizo monitor should really always be used at 60 HZ. When Vertical Synchronisation (Vsync) is active and frequency is 60 Hz, out test monitor demonstrates no tearing and its output is free of juddering.
Overall, the Eizo S2111W-K sis very suitable for occasional gamers who will hardly be disturbed by the bearable two-frame lag. They will also be pleased with the monitor’s excellent image quality.
Hardcore gamers would be best advised to seek out a monitor without Overdrive or with less overdrive-caused lag, depending on their individual tastes. As a result, we rate the monitor as just satisfactory for frequent gamers.
Because of the static vertical frequency of 60 Hz, the Eizo S2111W-K – as, indeed, most other desktop LCDs – demonstrates slight juddering when playing PAL films, which usually have a frequency of 50 Hz.
However, as a result of fast cuts and rare horizontal camera panning, the juddering is only visible to a small number of viewers. In addition, there are both standalone and software players that are capable of converting PAL films to 60 Hz, thus enabling them to be played with almost no juddering.
"Serenity – Escape to new worlds": Lots of smoke, spraying particles, flashy scenes, fast action: No problem for the Eizo S2111W-K.
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