REVIEW: Eizo CG243W
++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad
Eizo’s product range is currently marked by numerous new arrivals in the 24-inch sector. This also affects the models in the Color Graphics range, which target mainly professional users with their extensive features. The CG243W is Eizo’s latest youngster in this sector. Compared with its nearest relatives, i.e. the CG241W and CG242W, there are many similarities, but also a few fundamental differences. The greatest of these is related to the panel itself: instead of an S-PVA panel, Eizo has used a H-IPS panel in the CG243W, which can be controlled externally at least via DisplayPort not just with 8 bits, but rather with 10 bits per channel.
With regard to the range of signal inputs, the manufacturer has continued to be reticent, although a DisplayPort connection has been added to the two DVI-I inputs since the CG242W.
The format of the electronics on paper is outstanding and leaves almost nothing to be desired. As appropriate to the monitor’s class, a programmable 12-Bit LUT, coupled with 1-bit computing precision, is used. The hardware calibration this makes possible is realised using the "Color Navigator" software, which is included in the scope of supply. An especially interesting feature is the flexible colour space emulation, which we found absolutely convincing on the Eizo CG222W. Thus, the extended colour space of the CG243W should also not lose its bite even in unmanaged environments.
All results published in the review were obtained via the digital output of an nVidia Geforce GTX 280 by Gainward. A Lumagen RadianceXD and an iScan VP50 were used to test the video functions. In addition, an OPPO DV-980H was used as a DVD player and a Sony S350E was used to play back Blu-rays.
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