REVIEW: Eizo SX3031W-BK Part 4
The back of the monitor contains the comparatively few connections on the 30-inch monitor. These include the power connection for the integrated power unit, a DualLink DVI-D input and a SingleLink DVI-D input as well as a USB Uplink Port.
Two USB connectors are located on the right hand side which can be used for external devices. Of the two DVI connections, only the SingleLink variant is HDCP-enabled. This is annoying because when playing back videos on the computer, pixel-precise control is preferable in order to achieve an optimum quality.
However, the Eizo SX3031W was not designed for use as a replacement TV. The image frequency used (60Hz) is less suitable for this, since juddering will arise for almost all videos.
Both DVI inputs on the Eizo SX3031W, of which only the Single-Link input supports HDCP unfortunately.
The controls for the screen involve the eight embedded buttons. These are located in the lower frame in the centre and are rectangular and pleasantly large. The feel and tactile feedback of the buttons are excellent. To the right of the buttons is the LED which indicates the status of the monitor. Unfortunately, the embedded labelling can no longer be read in darker surroundings.
Use of the buttons is self-explanatory. As well as the obligatory power button, there is a button for directly selecting the two signal inputs and a third button for accessing the pre-set profiles (Custom, sRGB, Text, Picture and Movie). The remaining five buttons are used for calling up and navigating the OSD menu.
Buttons for controlling the Eizo SX3031WW are very well fitted and give good tactile feedback – unfortunately, they are barely legible in poor lighting conditions.
Here, Eizo does not deviate from its usual concept – the menu used on the SX3031W has hardly changed in comparison with other Eizo models. However, despite the unquestionable advantages of using a structure to which users are already accustomed, one circumstance which has had fault found with it time and again remains: for changing settings, sometimes an irritatingly high number of clicks are needed.
Eizo offers five pre-defined modes: Custom (user-defined), sRGB, Text, Picture and Movie. The respective mode can be selected conveniently using a button. After the button is pressed, a menu opens and other changes can be made.
Unfortunately, not all values can be changed in the pre-defined profiles. In sRGB mode, only the brightness can be changed whilst under Picture and Movie, you can also change the colour temperature, saturation and colour tone. In Text mode, only the Gain setting (RGB) and 6-Axis colour control (RYGCBM) cannot be changed; these cannot be accessed in any of the other modes either.
Only in the Custom mode can the Gain setting and 6 Colour setting be changed and a perfect white display be achieved as a result. The pre-defined gamma values are between 1,4 and 3,0 and can be increased in values of 0.2. Adjustment of the values is absolutely accurate.
This menu option is used for non-pixel accurate playback – i.e. where resolutions that are smaller than the native resolution are played back, if the integrated scaling solution is used. Then, the sharpness can be adjusted to one of five levels here.
Various image settings can be changed and optimised under this menu option. The display mode selected determines which parameters can be changed.
Custom (user-defined) mode offers the widest range of setting options. The following values can be changed: brightness, colour temperature, gamma, saturation, colour tone, Gain setting (RGB) and 6-Colour (RYGCBM).
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