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REVIEW: Eizo S2231WE-BK Part 6


Controls and OSD

The Eizo S2231W comes with 10 buttons for controls, although only 5 of these are needed to use the menu. The buttons are located in the centre of the lower frame.

The button labels can still be read with ease when these is sufficient light. However, in the evenings, even with a light source beside the monitor, reading the labels requires patience. This is especially trying because 5 different buttons are in use and the labelling is illegible.

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The brightness sensor is located on the very left and the LED which displays the status of the monitor is located on the far right. A bright blue LED indicates that the monitor is in ready mode and orange indicates that it is in standby mode. The LED does not glow when the monitor is switched off. The LED can also be deactivated completely in the OSD. The brightness sensor works perfectly and adjusts the brightness values automatically if desired. This function is deactivated in the monitor’s factory settings.

The buttons on the Eizo S2231W are easy to understand and give good tactile feedback, but are almost impossible to read in non-ideal lighting.

The button is used to switch the monitor on and off. The button lowers and the button increases the column of the speakers. It is not possible to mute the speakers, either directly or via the OSD. The button changes the signal input and the button grants access to the pre-defined profiles (Custom, sRGB, Text, Picture and Movie). The button opens the OSD and acts as a confirmation button within the menu. The following buttons are used for navigation: , , and .

Eizo sticks to the tried and tested; the OSD has not been changed noticeably, either optically or in terms of the navigational structure, in the past few years across the various ranges. Naturally, the clear structure of the menu is an advantage, but the design and the need to click one by one to reach your desired result could to be improved.

Image parameters (only available in analogue mode)

This menu option allows the user access to automatic image adjustment, vertical bar correction (Clock), flicker and blur correction (Phase) and image position change. In addition, the signal output location can be changed and drawings or lines can be improved using the Smooth function.

Eizo offers 5 pre-defined modes: Custom (user-defined), sRGB, Text, Picture and Movie. Each mode can be selected comfortably using the button. Once the button has been pressed, the OSD menu opens and further improvements can be made.

Color

Various image parameters can be changed and optimised under this menu option. The current display mode determines what parameters can be changed. Custom mode allows the user to make the widest range of changes. The following values can be adjusted: Brightness, Contrast, Colour Temperature, Gamma, Saturation, Hue and the Gain setting(RGB).

In addition, the standard values can be restored comfortably. However, before they are reset, the user must confirm the request again. This helps avoid changes made in error.

All values are given in percentages. Unfortunately, one click is not automatically equal to 1 percent. This, two clicks are necessary to raise or lower the brightness value by one percent. On the other hand, for the Gain settings, 2 to 3 clicks are needed per 1 percent.

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