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Eizo EV3285 screen review

 


Review of the Eizo Flexscan EV3285 - 4K UHD monitor
Published on January 19, 2019  |   Updated on November 29, 2019

 

Not everyone needs to work on a so-called wide screen gamut, on the contrary I would even be tempted to say! Site creators, Youtubeurs and even photographers who only publish their images on their blog or Instagram can largely " be satisfied " with screens displaying "only" the sRGB but on the other hand, they sometimes need space. This EV3237 replacement may be for them.


This Eizo display is part of the Flexscan range and replaces the very good Eizo EV3237. It therefore keeps its "office automation" vocation according to their marketing department. It is still a 32-inch UHD 4K screen (3840 x 2160 16:9 - pitch 0.18 - 140 dpi) with a satin matt panel, IPS (white LED) technology, 10-bit LUT table (still!), still sRGB gamut but with much thinner edges than on the EV3237. Rather high-end features on an "office" screen. Its connectivity is significantly improved compared to the EV3237 since the USB-C appears. This screen is sold for a little less than 1950 dollars at the beginning of 2019. But does it only make practical improvements or does it further improve the display of colours?

 

 
 

In a few words...

 

Eizo EV3285 / 4K

$1,762.80

For those who don't absolutely need the Adobe RGB color space, this screen offers a very credible alternative in 4K, on a 32-inch full of qualities, some improved compared to the EV3237 it replaces! - Read my conclusion  

 
 

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Introduction to the Eizo Flexscan EV3285 monitor

To begin with, here are some illustrations of this screen with its flawless ergonomics, with practical features that have been further improved compared to the EV3237, and in the current Eizo standards...

   
Eizo EV3285 screen   Side of the Eizo EV3285 display and its USB 3.0 sockets
Rear of the Eizo EV3285 display   Connectivity of the Eizo EV3285 display
   
  Technical specifications
  Eizo EV3285 - UHD Average price : $1900.00
Size / Resolution
32 inches 4K 16:9 - 3840 x 2160 - 140 ppi
  Panel technology IPS white LED (New matte panel)
  Gamut sRVB
 
Brightness/contrast
350 Cd/m2 / 1,935:1 measured (at 90Cd/m2)
 
LUT table
10 bits
  Response time 5 ms
 
Screen dimensions
717 x 427 x 230 mm
  Border widths 5 + 3 mm (18 mm on the old one)
  Color calibration soft No
  Connectivity USB-C + DP 1.2 + HDMI + Hub USB 3.0
  VESA compatibility Yes - 100 mm
  Hood No - Optional
  Warranty 5 years - Eizo USA
  Company eizo.com
 
 

What's in the box...

The monitor is sold with:

  • The power cord... of course!
  • The DisplayPort cable (which only allows 60 Hz)
  • A USB 3.0 cable to power the USB HUB.
   
 
 

Important note! The Eizo EV series displays do not have an built-in sensor

This Eizo EV3285 does not have a built-in colorimeter (unlike the Eizo CG2730) so you will need to use your sensor or buy one.

My purchasing advice : the i1Display Pro or SpyderX Elite


i1Display Pro review

 
     
   
 

The monitor and its panel

1 - The definition/resolution  - This is a new IPS matt panel of 3840 x 2160 pixels so UHD/ 4K (16:9 ratio) and 697 mm wide. Its resolution is therefore 140 ppi and the pixels are completely invisible at 23 / 29 inches, which gives this beautiful and particular look to 4K displays. The backlight is a white LED diode type.

Eizo EV3285 display and its 32-inch panel
 

2 - The panel and its anti-reflective coating - We are dealing with a now classic matt anti-reflective coating, which does not bring out the pixels as in a not so distant era and increasingly rare on screens with a more office oriented purpose. That's good for photo editors and web designers. Having tested this new panel right next to the one it replaces, the EV3237, I can see that there is no difference.

Thickness of the screen edges - New!

They now measure 5+3 mm on each side, so they are significantly thinner than the version it replaces, the EV3237. This favours multi-screens. Really nice and all the more impressive as the screen is very large.

   
Eizo EV3285 screen edges
   
 

To be read!
My advice to choose your photo monitor 

Improved ergonomic design!

The ergonomics are always excellent, especially for transport, since the new handle at the top and back of the screen is even wider, so practical to raise or lower it to the right height or tilt it slightly. At last, a real cable duct in the foot also appears. Well integrated! The amplitude of the screen's movements in height (over 6 inches), inclination and rotation will allow all users to find their ideal setting. Really perfect!

 

 

Eizo EV3285 cable gland

 

The menu buttons on the screen are electrostatic and you will notice the presence of an ambient light detector for those who want to make maximum energy savings.

 

Eizo EV3285 Screen Menu Buttons

The connectivity of the Eizo EV3285

 

Connectivity of the Eizo EV3285 display


The EV3237 was missing the USB-C and this new EV3285 is finally equipped with this plug in 2019.

 

 

What is the Eizo EV3285 monitor worth after calibration with the i1Display Pro?

I calibrated this screen - like all the screens I test on this site - with the best current sensor (except the superlative and very expensive Discus) in an excellent price/quality ratio: the i1Display Pro + i1Profiler software (version 1.8.2) in order to be able to locate this new screen compared to other screens on the market. I connected it with a DisplayPort cable which alone allows me to reach the 60 Hz refresh rate.

 

I chose the following screen settings:

  • Color space: sRGB
  • Gamma: 2,2
  • Contrast: 50%
  • Color temperature: 6500K (Adobe RGB).

Essential! Be sure to deactivate the various economic modes on the OSD of the screen, especially on this energy-saving screen, otherwise the brightness of this screen will constantly adapt to your lighting environment thanks to its small sensor on the front. This makes calibration impossible!

 


 

 

 

And as target values in i1Profiler 1.7.2 software in advanced mode...

  • Display technology: Choose white diodes,
  • D65 or possibly a little less if you want a slightly warmer screen. (Note that at D55, the screen is really hot but not yellow like on the low end screens),
  • Luminance: 90 Cd/m2 or more depending on your main use (printing or web) and especially the brightness of your room,
  • Contrast: Native or 287:1 for those who print a lot,
  • Gamma: 2,2 – Standard curve,
  • ICC standard: V2 (to avoid incompatibility problems with some image viewing software (images too dark) and obviously V4 if you know what you are doing.

And the result is?

Objective data : what does the final report say after calibration?

Before switching to Delta E, it is interesting to record the color temperature values achieved and the contrast.

 

Final report after calibration of the Eizo EV3285 with i1Display Pro

 

My opinion!  The color temperature (TC) is very close to the 6500K required. Excellent for an office display! The 1937:1 contrast is exceptional for a LED display. The old EV3237 got an already very interesting 916:1 to 80 Cd/m2. This is a record for contrast measurement on this site! The blacks, at 0.046 Cd/m2, will seem very deep to you!

As for the Delta E figures according to the 2000 standard, they are really very good but significantly worse than on the Eizo CS series. That said, for an "office" screen, it's excellent! Let's just note that this new EV3285 is a little less good than its predecessor on this criterion.

 

Delta E after calibration of the Eizo EV3285 with the i1Display Pro

 

My opinion!  0.48 average is equal to the old EV3237 on the other hand, the worst patch is really worse because close to 3.0 where the old EV3237 was at 0.96. So from this point of view, the EV3237 was exceptional for an office display, while this EV3285 is one of the "no" photo displays. Its "office automation" vocation is "confirmed" there even if it is totally exaggerated by Eizo's marketing department. But you have to leave something for the ColorEdge series! This panel continues to display "only" the sRGB gamut, but you know what I think if you read it to me regularly!

Now the luminance and color temperature harmonization tests :

 

Luminance uniformity after calibration of the Eizo EV3285 with i1Display Pro

 

On this criterion, this new panel is substantially the same as the previous one and displays excellent homogeneity. The display is very homogeneous and if small defects persist, they are particularly progressive and especially not very important. Congratulations!

In color temperature, it is more limited because I could indeed note a Delta e in K just below 3.0 at the bottom left of the panel of my copy. I now know from experience that it would have been different on another panel. Not very serious in absolute terms but it is true that the Eizo ColorEdge are really excellent on this criterion, as for them!

And my subjective data: what does my eye see?

My eye saw a very nice screen, significantly improved compared to the old EV3237, especially with the disappearance of the pink stripes on the edges of the panel when you display a white window. The colours are largely precise enough and the panel gives the feeling of being very homogeneous even if the sensor has measured deviations which remain almost invisible. We don't see any marked areas. Everything is done smoothly. Absolutely nothing prohibitive and especially that removes its appeal to this superb screen.

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  Eizo Flexscan EV3285 UHD  
Color fidelity 8.5/10
Uniformity of the panel 8.5/10
Resolution 10/10
Ergonomic design 10/10
Inputs 10/10
Manufacturing quality 7.5/10
Value for money 7.5/10

 

  I like it very much...  
 
  • Very thin edges (compared to EV3237),
  • USB-C,
  • Figures after calibration with the i1Display Pro are largely sufficient but not ColorEdge,
  • Perfect ergonomics (very practical handle)!
  • Ecoview,
  • 5 year warranty.
 
     
  I regret...  
 
  • Colors less precise than on the old EV3237 !,
  • Homogeneity largely sufficient in luminosity but limited in color temperature on some specimens, classic for an "office" screen even if it is never visually disturbing because the variations are very progressive on a huge panel,
  • "Only" sRGB but is it a defect?
  • A little expensive compared to the competition but guaranteed for 5 years to be considered in the balance...
 
     
  My overall rating...  
  8.0 / 10  
     
  My conclusion...  
 
The replacement for the EV3237 which had pleasantly surprised me by the precision of the color display to find a worthy successor overall even if I would have liked not to see the Delta go down. However, this is not a problem because the overall impression left by this panel when it is first turned on is excellent. I think its biggest flaw is a price a little too expensive compared to the competition and especially the Dell U3219Q...
 
     
   
 
Eizo Flexscan EV3285 UHD
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Here is my Full review of the EIZO EV3285 monitor
 
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- My rating and conclusion
 

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