REVIEW: Eizo Foris FX2431-BK
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EIZO has announced its FX2431 multimedia all-rounder as follows: "The FX2431 turns Full-HD content from games consoles, Blu-Ray players, HD video cameras and computers into crystal clear, detailed images." In this sequence, it is already clear that the versatility of the model is emphasised in particular instead of limiting the model by specialising it for individual areas of application, as would be the case for a graphics monitor or a model that is designed for use purely with a PC player device.
The 24-inch S-PVA panel with a resolution of 1.920 x 1.200 pixels begs for material to be played back from a wide range of sources from the PC and games consoles to camcorders, Blu-Ray and DVD players, whereby 24p signals can also be played back without difficulty according to the manufacturer, which should please home cinema fans in particular. However, EIZO’s youngster is not only able to play back images, but also sound, which can be played back in almost as versatile a manner.
As special highlights, the monitor also has an integrated KVM switch for USB devices and can even be run conveniently with a remote control.
As always, of course, this monitor will also have to go through our test to prove whether or not the manufacturer’s indications can really be covered in reality or whether the all-rounder is really just a cover story.
In PC mode, the monitor was tested on a Sparkle GeForce 8800GTS 512 (G92) and Quadro FX4800; the video playback was achieved using both a PC via DVI, DVI-to-HDMI cable, DisplayPort-to-HDMI cable and a PS3 and HDMI-to-DVI cable. In addition, a Gretag Macbeth EyeOne Display2 colorimeter in connection with the iColor Display 18.104.22.168 software for the measurements. The SMTT software was used to determine the input lag.
Excellently packaged, with a huge amount of padding to protect the screen, the EIZO Foris FX2431 is completely full mounted when delivered. In addition to the monitor, the proud owner of the new model will also receive an extensive accessories package. For connecting the model to PCs and video consoles, a D-Sub HD15 cable, a DVI-D (single-link) and a USB-Uplink cable are included. HDMI cables are not included in the scope of supply, nor is an USB uplink cable, which is needed if you wish to use the monitor as a KVM. However, in return, a convenient remote control complete with two AA batteries is included, as well as four screws for connecting the monitor to a 100 mm VESA fixture.
Left: Orderly cable spaghetti consisting of USB, D-Sub HD15, DVI-D and power cable. Right: The remote control.
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