We know exactly what to expect with Eizo monitors: accurate and vivid colour reproduction, tank-like construction and a hefty price tag. The monstrous 30in FlexScan SX3031W is no exception, but it has a marvellous trick up its sleeve.
With a native resolution of 2560 x 1200, you’ll need a dual-link DVI cable and a dual-link-capable graphics card to power it. Plus, there’s a second single-link DVI port on the back, so if you plug in two computers and hold down the Signal button when you switch it on the screen splits into 1200 x 1600 halves for simultaneous use.
The portrait aspect ratio of each is suited to document editing. For editing photos, simply switch back to the main source and use the full resolution. It took a few reboots to get two PCs to offer the unusual resolutions, but after that it was smooth sailing – if there was a less fiddly way to switch modes it would be perfect.
The 12-bit look-up table has a colour palette of 68 billion colours, of which the most appropriate 8-bits are displayed. The result is glorious colours – our DisplayMate test was barely even necessary, such was the screen’s obvious quality. Even fast motion – usually the weak point of Eizo’s professional models – proved acceptable, although a little blurring is noticeable if you look closely.
The stand is solid, lifting through around 9cm and tilting, and the design is understated. This isn’t an entertainment screen, though – a two-port USB hub on the side is the only nod to its smaller multifunction siblings. Nonetheless, the price tag restricts it to some very niche markets.
This Review appeared in the February 2008 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine
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