Eizo ColorEdge CE240W 24-inch widescreen LCD monitor

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ColorEdge CE240W
by Eizo Nanao Corporation
Conclusion
November 24, 2006
Eizo CE240W Introduction In The Box CE240W: A Closer Look CE240W On-Screen Menus
Using ColorNavigator CE CE240W Specifications CE240W Conclusion



ColorEdge CE240W
Display Panel: 24.1" TFT color LCD panel
Resolution: 1920 x 1200 Native
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Brightness (Typical): 450 cd/m2
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Viewing Angle (H/V): 178/178
Dimensions: 22.3" (W) x 14.1" - 18.9" (H) x 9.1" (D)
Video Inputs: Digital DVI-I 29-pin x 2
USB2.0 Ports: 2 "downstream", 1 "upstream"
Warranty: Five Year Covering Parts and Labor, 3 Years on Backlight
MSRP: $1,699.00 | Check Price / Purchase
Pros
  • About 1/3 the weight of a similar CRT
  • Deep blacks
  • White whites
  • Colors are bright and vibrant
  • Uniformity is present across the entire screen
  • Text can be read to very small size
  • USB2.0 ports for quick connection of your digital devices
  • CE240W Support Arm handles monitor movement like a warm knife through butter, making it very easy to adjust monitor to almost any position
  • Reads Lucinda Console font face at font size 4
  • Wide viewing angles (178-degrees total) without color distortion (the best performance using DVI-I cables from a DVI source, than coming from an anolog source)
  • Yes, you can play your most demanding PC games with the Eizo CE240W
  • High-quality video cables
  • One solid "un-adaptered" DVI-I to VGA cable
  • Convenient display of how many hours your monitor has been on
  • ArcSwing monitor stand does an excellent job of handling the CE240W
  • Monitor can be completely turned off for reducing "On Time" (CRT monitors were better left always on due to the tube needing to be consistently on versus warming up and cooling down which dramatically reduced tube life)
  • A weighted base on the stand allows for more secure stability
  • Kensington Lock ready (just choose which kind of lock you want from Kensington's website or other online eTailers)
  • ColorNavigator CE Calibration Software is included with the monitor to be conveniently used with a GretagMacbeth, X-Rite, or ColorVision device.
  • 14-Bit color processing for more accurate colors
Cons
  • Price is not for everyone's budget
  • Electrostatic Menu desperately needs to be backlit
  • Although the ArcSwing is excellent for handling the monitor, it could be built more intelligently to hide the DVI and power cables as they sometimes will get in the way of adjusting the monitor for different positions
  • A paper manual (like the one included with my F980 CRT) would be nice for situations where it will just be not convenient to sit at a laptop or another computer to read it
Observations
  • 1 Dead Pixel
  • CE240W takes about 15-30secs for complete warm-up from an off state--this is good because you do not want an "instant" bright turn-on. Many problems could arise from such an immediate dark-to-light feature.
  • Surprisingly, the amount of power consumption is about the same as my 21" CRT (140W vs. 110W on the CE240W) even in Power Save modes (3W vs. ~2W on the CE240W), however, since the backlight of the LCD can be turned off, there is a better opportunity for power saving
  • Finish on the CE240W LCD panel does reflect light in some situations, but overall much much better than a typical LCD monitor's finish which is almost glossy in some cases
Eizo's ColorEdge CE240W is certainly not for everyone's budget. And I won't pretend it is. The CE240W is basically giving the graphics artists, digital photographers, and PC gamers the best of all worlds. Sure, you could spend $5,000 or more on a "Wide Gamut" LCD monitor, but as previously stated, it's currently a futile attempt to achieve the Adobe RGB gamut because so many components are incapable of displaying it in the first place.

PC Gaming was absolutely a dream. I played Doom 3, Half-Life 2, Serious Sam 2, and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, in order to find out how the CE240W dealt with ghosting and blurring effects common to higher-end monitors which are not specifically built for PC gamers. Shooters will definitely bring out the weaknesses of your brand new LCD monitor. Well folks, the CE240W did just fine. I did happen to notice a few occasions of ghosting but this was very rare and even then I had to repeat the action sequence again to be sure of what I was seeing.

I suppose the Font Geeks are going to wonder how CE240W can handle those micro-small fonts. Personally, I think if you need anything smaller than a Size 8 font on your screen, you're being unrealistic and have probably never printed out such a font on paper--it's very tiny and people who have never needed glasses to read print, will suddenly scramble for a pair and look at you with an inquisitive expression. In any case, I conducted this interesting "test" and found Lucinda Console at Font Size 4 to be actually readable. Yes, Size 4. I've read somewhere else where the CE240W didn't read this small but this will depend on the font design (and maybe even the reviewer). But here's the real kicker, and you can certainly link to this statement: My Eizo F980 CRT Lucinda Console at Font Size 4 looks virtually the same as it does on the 24" LCD! So, forget about anyone who says the CE240W can't handle small fonts. It certainly can, and I have a 21" CRT right next to it which proves it.

As noted above, the CE240W has 14-bit color processing. Now, I read a review about this monitor and Eizo's 14-bit processing spec, and I think the reviewer took the information the wrong way. So, let me clear this up here. 14-bit processing does NOT mean you are getting 14-bits of color per RGB channel. No. Nada. Zero. And Eizo does not claim this either. What is claimed, is the "...rendering is on par with CRT monitors." What this means is more calculation is done to produce a more accurate color when sent to the final output of the display panel. Having the potential to display any of the 16.7 million colors, you come to the realization the possibility of representing a different color than intended, is highly possible. While Eizo does NOT guarantee perfect color reproduction (which has yet to be offered on any monitor anyway), they do say 14-bit processing makes the color reproduction more accurate. And I would tend to agree.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PLUS

As noted, there was one dead pixel on the CE240W. The location of the pixel is key for returning an LCD monitor, and in my situation, the pixel was about an inch down from the top of the LCD panel. I'm not going to consider this a Con, because Eizo (in addition to every other LCD manufacturer) considers 5 or more pixels to be justification for an exchange, so technically having 4 dead pixels is not a defective monitor. Eizo's policy is actually more lenient than most, because 8 pixels is the common standard. Many people comment Dell will accept just about anything, but there are many conflicting posts on the net, so I have stamp this comment with "YMMV". I would encourage an exchange if the dead pixel is directly in the middle of the screen as this is the area most viewed. And I would have demanded a return myself if this was the case.

Are dead pixels a sign of bad quality? Hell no. Today's LCD manufacturing is still a crap shoot. Only a small percentage of LCD panels exhibit no pixel issues at all. If you're one of those lucky consumers, it's like winning the lottery. Maybe someday there will be LCDs manufactured with guaranteed no pixel problems, but until then, dead pixels and hot pixels across all LCD monitor brands and price points are prevalent. Now, the number of pixels being "dead" or "hot" on an LCD panel, could be a way to ascertain the quality control. Eizo says five or more, while many other manufacturers say eight or more dead or hot pixels. So, Eizo does have a slightly higher standard request.

The CE240W's uniformity was just as good as any CRT I've used. I know there are comments about the CE240W's un-uniformity on some forums, but I did not observe any issues on this monitor, which was manufactured in June 2006. There may have been (and probably more than likely were) revisions of the LCD panel since then.

One of the more interesting facts is that the CE240W draws about as much power when on as my 21" F980 CRT, even in the Power Save modes (as noted above in Observations). So, if you want a 24" LCD, do not expect your electric bill to decrease dramatically. Big & Wide monitors still require a good amount of juice to power the large screen.

Another important feature of the CE240W is when it "wakes up" from being turned off, the display panel does not hit you with full-on brightness. I observed about 15-30secs of warm-up before the monitor was at full power output. Even then, I recommend for any kind of color work, to let the monitor be on for a few hours.

After reading this review, you're probably going to ask yourself (or maybe even asking me) if shelling out about $1600 is worth it when similar 24" LCD monitors are selling for half the price. Believe it or not, most 24" LCD panels are made from the same manufacturer. It's what the company does via hardware and software to the panel, and integrating it into its product line, that makes the difference. Also, there are different grades of LCD panels when they come from the manufacturing plant. While there is no way to guarantee this, some companies could opt to buy the "Grade B" panels at a greatly reduced cost, but knowing there will be more issues with more consumers in the future.

What I can say, is Eizo specializes in display technology, while the other four-letter word company, deals with a vast and wide amount of product offerings and has no direct interest in display technology, other than to make a profit and move on.

Eizo has made a footprint into the display technology market and continues to do so. They will be around to offer the latest technology for those seeking it and will also be available to support their product line. As one of those consumers who often searches for the "Cheapest Deal", I still chose Eizo.


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