Eizo Flexscan S2243W Review
Eizo Flexscan S2243W Review
Price: £539 / $1399
The Eizo Flexscan 2243W is a superb all round monitor that is good for photography as well. But, if you’re a professional and have the budget, you might be better off investing in an IPS monitor with their slightly higher colour reproduction and wider gamut.Visit Website
The Eizo Flexscan S2243W is an S-PVA (super patterned vertical alignment) panel with an LCD-TFT display. As an S-PVA panel the Eizo Flexscan 2243W offers a good middle ground between TN and IPS panels.
- 1920 × 1200 (16:10 aspect ratio) native resolution
- 1200:1 contrast ratio
- 350 cd/m2 brightness
- D-Sub mini 15 pin, DVI-D 24 pin (with HDCP), DisplayPort (with HDCP) plus USB
- Optimized Brightness with Auto EcoView
IPS monitors are generally favoured by professional photographers for their superb colour accuracy and wide colour gamut. IPS monitors don’t have great response times and refresh rates meaning they’re not ideal for games, movies and video editing. IPS monitor also tend to carry a hefty price tag.
PVA monitors, and especially S-PVA monitors like the Eizo Flexscan 2243W, are a compromise between the poor colour reproduction and depth of TN monitors and slow response time of IPS technology. They are also less expensive than IPS.
What sets S-PVA apart from PVA monitors is the improved response times, viewing angles and colour reproduction. S-PVA monitors also have high contrast ratios and offer an 8-bit colour gamut (the same as IPS panels).
The Eizo Flexscan 2243W has an excellent colour gamut at 95% Adobe RGB. This is very good for colour critical work as this monitor can display almost all the colours of a photograph taken in a camera’s Abode RGB mode. The Eizo Flexscan 2243W can also display some shades outside the sRBG gamut.
At 22” the Eizo Flexscan 2243W may seem a tad small for photographers but the high resolution means you get the same amount of information as you would with a 24” screen. This monitor is perfect for people with limited working space – you get the image quality of a much larger display in just 22”.
However, the small screen/high resolution combination does result everything looking smaller and some people may find this odd.
S-PVA monitors like this one have the best black depth of any LCD monitor type and the high contrast ratio of the Eizo Flexscan 2243W ticks more boxes for the photographer.
The Eizo Flexscan 2243W also is equipped with a range of preset modes including ones for picture and video work. Calibration is easy and allows you to set the white point and brightness to the levels you want without having to know the specific numbers.
The one downside of the Eizo Flexscan 2243W is that under tests some units have shown quite large variation in colour uniformity across areas of the screen. This is not ideal for working with photographs but these variations do differ between units.
The Eizo Flexscan 2243W is fully adjustable. It can be rotated into portrait mode, swivelled and tilted and has a height adjustment of 174mm. The bearing-less design means that all these adjustments are smooth and easy to use.
A further feature of the Eizo Flexscan 2243W is the Auto EcoView. A small sensor of the front of the monitor detects ambient light and adjusts the screen’s brightness so the viewer experiences something similar to looking at a sheet of paper.
This is great for reducing eyestrain, handy if you’re spending all day editing photos, and reduces energy consumption. However, this may become annoying for colour work so, of course, there is the option to turn Auto EcoView off.
The Eizo Flexscan 2243W is a great mid-to-low range monitor for photographic purposes but also serves as a good all-purpose monitor too. It has a wide colour gamut, high contrast ratio, high resolution and is easily calibrated. Being an S-PVA monitor it also has good response times meaning this monitor should perform well with games, movies and video editing as well.
- Wide colour gamut
- Resolution of a 24” screen
- High contrast ratio
- Fully adjustable
- Relatively compact
- Better for entertainment than IPS monitors
- IPS monitors are still the preferred type for photographers
- You may find the unusual resolution odd
- Uniformity variation
Panel Size 22″ / 56 cm (558 mm diagonal)
Active Display Size (H × V) 473.8 × 296.1 mm
Panel Type VA (with overdrive circuit)
Viewing Angles (H, V) 178°, 178° (at contrast ratio of 10:1)
Brightness 350 cd/m2
Response Time (Typical) Gray-to-gray: 6 ms, black-white-black: 12 ms
Native Resolution 1920 × 1200 (16:10 aspect ratio)
Pixel Pitch 0.247 × 0.247 mm
Display Colors 16.77 million from a palette of 1.06 billion
Wide Gamut Coverage Adobe RGB: 95% , 92% vs. NTSC
Cabinet Colors Gray, Black
Dot Clock Analog: 202.5 MHz, Digital: 162 MHz
Analog Scanning Frequency (H, V) 31 – 94 kHz, 55 – 76 Hz
Digital Scanning Frequency (H, V) 31 – 76 kHz, 59 – 61 Hz (VGA Text: 69 – 71 Hz)
Video Input Terminals D-Sub mini 15 pin, DVI-D 24 pin (with HDCP), DisplayPort (with HDCP)
Audio Input Terminals 3.5 mm stereo jack
Audio Output Terminals 3.5 mm headphone jack
Speakers 0.5 W + 0.5 W speakers
USB Ports / Standard 1 upstream, 2 downstream / USB 2.0
Plug & Play VESA DDC/CI, DDC 2B
Power Requirements AC 100 – 120 V / 200 – 240 V, 50 / 60 Hz
Power Consumption 36 W (typical) 90 W (maximum) Power Save Mode Less than 1.5 W
Height Adjustment Range 174 mm
Tilt / Swivel / Pivot 30° Up, 0° Down / 172° Right, 172° Left / 90°
Dimensions (W × H × D) With Stand: 511 × 347.5 – 521.5 × 240.5 – 256 mm
20.1 × 13.7 – 20.5 × 9.5 – 10.1″
Without Stand: 511 × 333 × 85 mm
20.1 × 13.1 × 3.35″
Net Weight With Stand: 9.6 kg / 23.6 lbs
Without Stand: 6.6 kg / 14.6 lbs
Preset Modes Fine Contrast (EyeCare, Text, Picture, Movie, sRGB, Custom), Auto Fine Contrast3
EcoView Settings Auto EcoView, EcoView Index
Screen Adjustment Clock, Phase, Position, Range (Auto), Signal Filter, Screen Size (full screen, enlarge, normal), Smoothing (5 stages), Border Intensity
Color Adjustment Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Temperature, Saturation, Hue, Gain, Reset
Power Management Power Save (VESA DPM, DisplayPort Rev. 1.1a, and DVI DMPM), Off Timer
Sound Volume, Power Save, Source (DisplayPort)
Other Settings Signal Switching, Product Information (name, serial number, resolution, operating time, etc.), OSD Menu Settings, Adjustment Lock, DDC/CI Lock, DVI Input Level, Languages (English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Swedish), Power Indicator, Reset
Certifications and Standards TCO Displays 5.0, EPEAT Gold (US), TÜV/Ergonomics (including ISO 13406-2), TÜV/GS, c-Tick, CE, CB, cTÜVus, FCC-B, Canadian ICES-003-B, TÜV/S, VCCI-B, EPA Energy Star, RoHS, WEEE, CCC, GOST-R
Supplied Accessories AC power cord, signal cables (DVI-D – DVI-D, D-Sub – D-Sub), USB cable, audio cable, EIZO LCD Utility Disk (PDF user’s manual, ScreenManager Pro for LCD [USB], ScreenSlicer software), setup guide, warranty card