iiyama Prolite E2403WS 24" TFT

Test Setup & Analysis

Test Setup
 
While the evaluation of a monitor is largely subject to personal opinion, ensuring that the testing is carried out in a controlled environment is essential to a fair review and any potential future comparisons. Therefore, the iiyama Prolite E2403WS was placed at eye-level with a 90° orientation from the base. All contrast, brightness and colour settings on the display were restored to their default values, and during testing the screen was operated at its native resolution of 1900x1200 / 60hz with 32-bit colour depth.
 
Furthermore, the screen was placed at a one metre distance from our ATI HD4850 based test system to reduce the chances of any electrical interference and left on for a full 5 minutes in order to warm up before any assessment was made. Finally, only the cables provided with the E2403WS were used to provide us with the best idea of how the screen will perform after being purchased by a consumer.
 
 
Analysis
 
With Windows Vista being all about pretty colours and cool transparency effects, this seemed to be the perfect basis for our general Windows desktop tests. Please note that all images below were taken on a Sony DSC-F717 digital camera, with neutral white balance, manual focus and no flash.
 
iiyama E2403WS Pebbles iiyama E2403 Vista Start Menu
 
The pebbles wallpaper seen above has a wide range of natural colours, and the iiyama E2403WS managed to reproduce each one perfectly. Colours were vibrant and and edges crisp, with the black background surrounding the pebbles actually looking black rather than a dark grey.
 
Interestingly, the Windows Start Menu did exhibit a small amount of colour banding as the gradient changes from black to light grey. While this was also present on our own Dell 2208WFP 22" screen, it was far less visible and could possibly just be down to the default brightness setting of both screens.
 
iiyama E2403WS Top-Down iiyama E2403WS Side View
 
As mentioned previously, the E2403WS makes use of a TN panel. While the response time of these panels is generally extremely good, they often suffer from an inverted effect when viewed from extreme angles. However, as we can see from the images above (Left: Top-Down view, Right: Left-Right view), the iiyama does not suffer from these issues at all. Please also note that the yellow tinge exhibited in the right-hand image was caused by the artifical office lighting and not a defect of the screen.
 
iiyama E2403 Gaming iiyama E2403WS Crysis
 
Testing the iiyama gave us the perfect opportunity to get a few hours of gaming in during work-time! Chosen titles were Crysis and Unreal Tournament 3, both of which challenged the iiyama in a variety of areas, from response time to visual quality.
 
Starting off with the fast paced gaming and intense graphics of UT3, the iiyama did not disappoint. With excellent reproduction of the deep and eerie colours on some of the maps and no noticable ghosting even with multiple characters, explosions and flack all on the screen at the same time, the iiyama E2403WS proved itself to be a very capable screen for the adrenaline-fuelled FPS gamer.
 
Crysis was also equally as impressive, but this time for its sharpness and realism. With the detail levels set to Very High, 4x AA enabled and a resolution of 1900x1200, our graphics card may have only been able to give us a slide show, but it looked like a slideshow of holiday snaps rather than a washed out, pixelated game.
 
Once again please note that while the pictures taken above show diagonal lines running down the screen, these were not apparent to the naked eye.
 
iiyama 2403WS Displaymate iiyama E2403WS Displaymate
 
Our final test was using the industry standard video testing suite: DisplayMate. While this application was originally designed for CRT's back in the days of Windows 3.1, many of its testing procedures still apply to modern TFT's. Results from the test indicated that the default factory set brightness for the screen was up a tad too high, with some of the darkest black squares appearing as very dark grey. We also noticed a small amount of backlight bleed at the lower-right side of the screen, which was slightly disappointing. Other than this, the screen performed admirably with crisp colours, sharp images and a full colour range.
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Most Recent Comments

07-08-2008, 13:41:13

JN
"Can you really pick up a half decent 24" gaming TFT for 250? We find out as we take a look at iiyama's latest Prolite E2403WS screen."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...204142330s.jpg

iiyama Prolite E2403WS 24" TFT

08-08-2008, 06:06:05

Rastalovich
Good review.

For 250 pricing, 24", I don`t think u could mumble about any sort of slight bleeding or anything like that.

I`d consider this model tbh, if at the time I felt a Dell was too much

18-08-2008, 04:11:21

Phunky
Bit steep when the likes of the Yakuraa are about - also the comment about it having no DVI is a bit silly as it has HDMI (and came with a HDMI > DVI cable) which is just the same digital connection.

18-08-2008, 19:08:26

FarFarAway
Agreed with Phunky, I'd rather have an option of HDMI than DVI nowadays tbh

19-08-2008, 04:36:58

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Phunky'
Bit steep when the likes of the Yakuraa are about - also the comment about it having no DVI is a bit silly as it has HDMI (and came with a HDMI > DVI cable) which is just the same digital connection.
Basically because their HDMI > DVI cable didnt work with any older GPU's I tested. X1950 was no-go as was 6600GT. Worked fine on a HD4850 though.

27-08-2008, 14:39:11

anklebiter
Any suggestions for a good screen under 400 thats 24" or over, but importantly Performs well for Games/very high-end Video editing, good colour depth/contrast ratio? (have sli gtx 280s, QX9650 and 8 gig Ram)

Thanks in advance guys

regards

Ollie

27-08-2008, 17:09:25

FarFarAway
Dell 2408 WFP (or whatever it's called now)

28-08-2008, 06:47:06

anklebiter
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Dell 2408 WFP (or whatever it's called now)
Hehe thanks Kempez, I'll go search for it now. However I really hate Dell in general, might be misguides animosiy but for me their rigs were always over priced and designed to snare people that dont know that they are buying systems that will have to be replaced within the year.

Do they make great monitors then? (I'm sure they do as u wouldn't recommend them). I thought you'd say iiyama or someother brand.

Regards

Ollie

28-08-2008, 12:29:06

anklebiter
Have reviewed your suggestion and it does seem (as far as my limited search abilities were able to discover) that this Monitor (Dell 2408 WPF) is a hot contender.

It has a input latency glitch as I'm able to understand though, so not sure if thats a big problem..

for 255 I can't complain.

The other competition that I've noticed are the Gateway FHD2400, Dell S2409W

So any further advise for me?

Many thanks

Ollie

28-08-2008, 16:56:13

FarFarAway
Further advise: get a Dell 2408 WFP....

Oh did I just say that?

I have two Dell 24", frigging awesome monitors. High quality Samsung panels, sturdily built with a 4 year next business day warranty....what are you waiting for?

28-08-2008, 19:51:48

anklebiter
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Further advise: get a Dell 2408 WFP....

Oh did I just say that?

I have two Dell 24", frigging awesome monitors. High quality Samsung panels, sturdily built with a 4 year next business day warranty....what are you waiting for?
Ah ha, didnt know they came with a warrenty, and 4 years is great, cos Ive heard people warn about degredation, Thanks Kempez

regards

Ollie
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