REVIEW: Eizo CG246 Part 18
When it comes to a monitor from Eizo’s ColorEdge range, expectations are high. The CG246 manages to fulfil all of them, and is an entirely worthy successor to the CG245.
Our test results confirm an outstanding factory calibration; even before running the hardware calibration ourselves, this CEPS giant and its high-quality electronics produced an impressive neutrality and display accuracy. Thanks to the DUE, image homogeneity is excellent. Loss of contrast is hardly an issue and can be eliminated altogether thanks to a new configuration option.
The Color Navigator software has grown up to be a highly advanced calibration tool that at its core is still very easy to use; hardware calibration can be configured in a few simple steps, and the results are excellent. A versatile colour space emulation tool is also integrated into the calibration process. This is very accurate, as the required gamut transformations are precalculated based on monitor and simulation profiles with a defined rendering intent.
The Eizo CG246 can process source signals at many different image frequencies. The display is judder-free for all of them. The HDMI input can be used to play back interlaced video sources, although it should be noted that the monitor’s deinterlacer has a few minor flaws. The provided scaling options ensure that video playback is not distorted in any way. One thing we would like to see is more detailed adjustability of the dynamic range for video sources without WTW content (16-235 at 8 bits per channel).
The innovative new LED backlighting concept extends the gamut of the wide-view IPS panel to the level of monitors based on WCG CCFL tubes. This makes the Eizo CG246 a very flexible monitor. At the same time, there have been a number of improvements to increase contrast stability. As a result, the display of black content is very homogeneous.
Thanks to a well-matched built-in colourimeter, there is no need for external measurement devices. Self-calibration ensures that the stored profile remains accurate over long periods of time.
The operating noise of the new built-in cooling fan did not bother us. However, users who are sensitive to noise and work in very quiet environments should be aware of this as a potential distraction.
At a street price of around EUR 1,700, the Eizo CG246 is one of the costlier monitors available in the 24-inch bracket. Considering what it delivers, however, it is not overpriced by any means.
Overall rating: VERY GOOD
3 Comments available
Thanks for this review, I bought this display, by far the best one I've owned.
I'd need an information: I 'm about to buy a device that use hdmi to output a 10bit video signal, but only dp is 10 bit in the 246; so is enough to use a hdmi/dp cable or adapter or I'll have 8 bit signal?
I'm unable to guarantee that. You will need a HDMI to DisplayPort converter - not a simple cable - because of different protocols used. A 10bit workflow is in principle not a problem but it depends on the capabilities of this converter.
Perfect, I'll look for a proper converter,
thanks a lot
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