Yes, it is possible to buy a 24" screen by the brand Eizo, a ColorEdge moreover - synonym of quality - less than $850! But what is it worth taking into account that the manufacturer also sells a 24" more than $1,600 which is an absolute reference?
To introduce briefly this Eizo monitor, the first of the ColorEdge series, it is a 24" screen aimed at photographers and other graphic designers (1,920x1,440 - 0.27 mm pitch - 94 ppi) with a new generation glossy panel, using IPS technology (white LEDs), a LUT table on 16 bits and wide gamut hence covering a gamut very close to Adobe RGB 98. It can thus be classified in the category of so-called "Graphic Arts" screens. It is sold just below the symbolic threshold of $850 (june 2016).
New ! The CS2420 replace the CS240 from June 2016
Among the new features, which are not many but always welcome: :
The display is new : new display and contrast 1250:1 mesured, Delta E 0,23, Magnificent !
Still 1920 x 1200 displaying Adobe RGB 98,
But thinner edges: -10 mm on each side for a tighter multi-screens configuration,
The monitor has a 24" panel and is 58 cm large. It is bulky for a 24". As for the perceived quality, it is excellent really. Nothing to change.
The monitor and its panel
1 - Definition/resolution - It is thus a glossy IPS panel, normal on this range of screens called "Graphic Arts", with a definition of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its resolution is thus 93.8 ppi. Classic and not "Retina" but guess what, thanks to the superb anti-reflections treatment I'll be mentioning again below, pixels seem almost invisible from a "normal" viewing distance on a desk (24''); all very beautiful. The backlighting is a white LED type.
2 - The panel and its anti-reflections treatment - I've been noticing for a little while and clearly on this screen that a "glossy" anti-reflections treatment doesn't show on the pixels anymore, which gives to this panel a splendid rendering on images and gradients. Very beautiful. Exit anti-reflections treatments that give pixels a grainy touch. Phew!
3 - The program for hardware calibration - This monitor is sold with its calibration program: the famous ColorNavigator – It is supposed to guarantee you a calibration that is ideal and above all easy to perform, for those who don't master the meaning of all target values. So good.
Ergonomics is classic but a wire grommet in the foot would be welcome! The range of motion of the screen in height (on 150 mm), tilting and rotation will enable all users to find their ideal setting. Really perfect! The menu buttons on the screen are classic, not too elegant though but it is of course a detail.
After calibration, what is it like?
Of course, I calibrated this screen using my reference sensor - all monitors have to pass this test! - the best sensor currently on the market (except the superlative and very expensive Basic) with excellent value for money: the i1Display Pro + program iProfiler (version 1.6.3). You'll thus see that the figures are already hardly believable so it should/could only be better with ColorNavigator but I'm afraid you won't see the difference even if the figures are even better... And that is if you don't hit the limits of measurement of the sensor. We're talking of an average Delta E of 0.25 (norm 2000) hence a gap of 1/400 relatively to the ideal value where a particularly well-trained and powerful eye, traditionally, doesn't see any difference under 1/200. (With that said, ColorNavigator has other interesting assets for advanced users). Indeed, monitors nowadays wash whiter than white!
Here are the monitor settings I chose:
Color space: Adobe RGB 98
Gamma: Adobe RGB 98 (2.2)
Contrast 50% by default,
Color temperature: 6500K.
And the target values in the program...
Screen technology: choose white diodes,
D65 or possibly a little less if you want a bit warmer screen. (Note that at D55, the monitor is really warm but not yellow as with low-range monitors),
Luminance: from 80/90 Cd/m2 if you print in a dark environment but it can be more depending on your main use and the brightness of your room,
Contrast: Native or 287:1 (for those who print a lot),
Of course, gamma at 2.2 – standard curve,
ICC norm: V2 (to avoid problems of incompatibility with certain images viewing programs (images rendered too dark) and of course V4 if you know what you're doing.
And the result is?
Objective data: what does the final report say after calibration?
Miracle: Delta E (1976 norm) figures are outstanding since they're sensibly below 1 for the less well-rendered colors (0.93!!!), where a sharp eye doesn't see a difference anymore: and an average value of 0.45!!! Using new 2000 norms it falls down to 0.26 and 0.60!!! It is simply perfect! And still without using ColorNavigator, moreover (if it can still bring something which won't be visible anyway!). We're close to perfection in figures and I know we're millions of pairs of eyes that can consider this screen perfect from a colorimetric point of view! Perfection lovers can thus try to improve these figures with a hardware calibration and ColorNavigator but I'm not sure their eyes will see a difference... and I'm not even sure the figures will necessarily be better because we're reaching the limits of sensitivity of the sensor, small uncertainty mistakes.
My opinion! I just wanted to show you here that in the presence of an excellent monitor, even a calibration made with an excellent sensor but not necessarily the "best" program and a hardware calibration it is possible to get "perfect" results for very - very - good eyes, even sharp! Nothing keeps you from going even further of course... if you can see the difference or if you just like the idea of doing it! Except for relatively cheap 4K, I don't see what better can Eizo do...
Caution, it is the report already flattering for the delta e of the CS240 but only according to the 1976 norm. With the new 2000 norm, you can divide the figures by 2 (0.26 and 0.59)! It's almost deliriously perfect.
What about hardware calibration?
Ideally, I would recommend you to calibrate your screen in hardware mode using ColorNavigator, meaning that:
1 - You need to plug in the USB 2.0 wire sold with the screen,
2 - Then reset the colors of your screen and choose Calibration mode 1 or 2
, 3 - Follow the usual calibration process in ColorNavigator: D65 or D55, 80 or 100 Cd/m2, native contrast, gamma 2,2.
At the end of the calibration process, the profile is sent directly to the LUT (16 bits) of the monitor for better color gradients.
Introduced like this, any photographer would want hardware calibration! On new generations of screens, it is just "a bit less" spectacular... and even trivial sometimes. But commercials are well done. I even wonder what miserable screen they take as a first example. Even on my HP 23Xi at 180 euros I get way better results. Well well...
Now let's see harmonization tests in brightness and color temperature:
Again, these are superlative reports! Of course, in CT, it follows the same path: a maximum gap of 35K! All of this is incredible... Yes, Eizo does indeed have a step ahead its competitors regarding screen uniformity.
And my subjective data: what does my eye see?
A reference in terms of color display, grey display, subtlety in saturated colors and in the display of shadows and everything else. I'm telling you, it is perfect!
Conclusion and my rating!
The conclusion is obvious: the top of the basket in display quality for $850 "only" in 24". Make it €840 euros and you have the CS270 in 27" (August 2016)! The most incredible, in my opinion, is that furthermore, this type of screen is very easy to calibrate. No need to make multiple tests changing this and that to get perfect colors, really neutral greys and tutti quanti.
So what does it leave to its big brothers: CX241 and other CG247? Built-in sensors, caps, something-guarantees but you need to be aware that they use the same panel although less "carefully selected". When I see the Delta E values I get with these "first draft" panels, I think that it doesn't matter the least bit. Who can see a difference with their eyes (and not with a sensor)? This person can then buy the CG247, end of the discussion!
Average Delta E: 0.25!
Value for money
Record values after calibration: average Delta E of 0.25 and maximum gap of 0.60 (2000 norm) while the eye has a hard time seeing differences under 1!
Neutral greys that are really neutral!
"Glossy" matte IPS panel with a perfect rendering, smooth without the grainy effect of older generations,
Wide gamut (Adobe RGB 98) ,
Unbeatable value for money!
Except its bulkiness, I can't think of anything!
All right, just to say something: texts are even sharper on the BenQ PG2401PT.
Only 4K at the same price is missing!
9.5 / 10... not to say 10!
My opinion: Such beautiful colors, such a high fidelity, really neutral greys and an almost perfect homogeneity for less than $850 (in 24"): a bargain according to me, and I knew the time when you had to spend three times this sum for the same thing (in sRGB, I might add!). If you don't need a cap and all the CX and CG guarantees, you have here a reference because delta Es are identical and visual differences invisible to the naked eye! How pleasant it is to try this kind of equipment which, in addition, doesn't cost a fortune... A master purchase, really!
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