The monitor resolution that has been the corporate standard for the past six or seven years is 1920 x 1080. But if it’s time to update those monitors in your clients’ offices, you might want to think bigger. Some experts believe quad resolution—3840 x 2190, or four times 1280 x 720—will be the next standard, but prices on those monitors remain high.
A not-too-big, not-too-small choice is Wide Quad High Definition (WQHD) at 2560 x 1440—aka QHD—which is now starting to become common on larger monitors. Our QHD test monitor, the Eizo FlexScan EV2750, from Japan-based Eizo Corp., offers razor-sharp graphics, tiny bezels, and more power-use control than any other monitor we’ve seen.
We weren’t familiar with Eizo (which means “image” in Japanese) because the company has been focusing on high-end displays for healthcare, maritime, air traffic control, and other fields outside the consumer market. But it has been making inroads in the graphics and gaming worlds, and the EV2750 is a strong entry in the general office market.
One of the selling points for the EV2750 is its nearly-invisible bezel and narrow band between the image and the sides and top of the monitor. Eizo claims this makes for the best multimonitor setups. Unfortunately, we received only one monitor, so we couldn’t test that claim.
As with all larger modern monitors, the thinness makes you think the monitor will be lightweight. But 27 inches is a pretty big monitor, and the base needs to be fairly heavy to hold it steady. So brace yourself when getting it out of the box. And while the base and stand look sleek and modern, the base weight is heavy enough to balance the large monitor and hold it steady. How steady? When the lab cats walked between the keyboard and monitor we didn’t get nervous.
Unlike other monitors we’ve seen, the ScreenManager Pro configuration software needed to connect from the PC to the monitor with the included USB cable. Eizo also included the DisplayPort cable, which is what we used to connect the monitor to the test PC. There’s no VGA plug, but there are HDMI and DVI-D ports.
Once we connected the USB cable to the monitor and installed the ScreenManager Pro software (after a download, since it wasn’t on the included CD), we had complete control over all aspects of the monitor. Most settings can be done via the touchscreen buttons on the monitor without using the cable, but the utility is handy. If you have multiple Eizo monitors, a special network admin utility lets you manage them across the network.
Power consumption really matters to Eizo. You can set the monitor to dim according to time of day or ambient light. For dark environments, you can drop the screen down to darn near black, meaning you can use the screen without it looking like that jerk texting on his smartphone in the movie theater. You can even turn off the power-on indicator to save the tiny number of electrons used to light the white LED. Too far? Maybe, but control freaks will love these options.
Getting to Work
When in use, whether you’ve tweaked it for an hour or just plugged it in, the EV2750 will delight your eyes. Sharp, clear, clean, bright, and completely even illumination makes reading anything and everything on the monitor a pleasure. The enhanced pixel count makes videos and photos deep and rich. Whites are white (unless you change them to perhaps the "paper" setting) and blacks are bottomless pits of nothingness. The natural contrast makes text and icons pop and sparkle. If you’re used to a 1920 x 1080 monitor, the extra screen space will feel like you squeezed out of a two-door Miata and relaxed into a four-door Mercedes.
Full-screen videos are detailed and immersive. Watching Netflix on this monitor is a pleasure, but the built-in speakers are thin and limited, like sound from every other modern monitor. Although not advertised for gamers, the games we tried worked quite well on the EV2750.
The widely adjustable base makes any height and tilt simple. There’s no way you can’t find a comfortable viewing position with this monitor. Want to rotate the big screen 90 degrees and go full portrait mode? Done. Just grab and twirl.
The Eizo EV2750 is a great-looking monitor with an even better-looking screen. Any and every job in the modern office can benefit from upgrading to this monitor, and the users will rub their eyes in disbelief. Note: five-year warranty.
Caveat? Price, because Eizo makes high-end specialty monitors rather than low-end consumer models. Whether or not the cost savings via Eco controls and remote management make up the difference to bean counters, the EV2750 exudes quality—from construction to specifications to touchscreen buttons for configuration—that places it far above a basic monitor. In this case, the extra dollars go to coddling your eyes with the Eizo FlexScan EV2750’s sharp, crisp, flicker-free viewing experience.