IT Pro Verdict
Good image quality
No USB-C port
Not as accurate as other stablemates
While Eizo may have earned its reputation on the basis of sheer colour accuracy, the EV2760 isn’t aimed at the niche industries of creative design. This 27in 1440p monitor is perfectly suited to any office, and Eizo is hoping that you’ll buy more than one per desk: note the slim bezels at the top, left and right to make multi-monitor setups easier.
Those bezels help to make the EV2760 one of the most attractive monitors Eizo has made – it’s certainly the most attractive one that we’ve tested over the past 20 years – and if you fancy a change from black, it’s also available in white. Unlike most business screens, we would genuinely describe this Eizo monitor as stylish.
If you are tempted to buy more than one per desk, Eizo provides its aptly named InStyle software to make controlling multiple screens simpler. For instance, you can switch off all connected monitors via a shortcut on your Windows desktop (a network admin can perform the same trick), while hotdesking users can save their preferred colour settings in their local version of InStyle – the monitor will automatically adjust when hooked up.
Another potentially useful skill offered by the software is to apply a colour preset to different applications. For example, if you want Photoshop to run in sRGB mode but Premiere to display in Movie, it’s easy to set this up in InStyle. Eizo provides four presets as standard: sRGB, Movie, DICOM for medical settings and Paper (a sepia gamut designed to make reading more pleasant). There are also two user-programmable presets for you to fiddle with.
We stuck to sRGB most of the time, which is also where this panel is most accurate. It covers 97.6% of the colour space with a volume of 110%, while its average Delta E is an excellent 0.79. Even at its worst in sRGB, its Delta E only hit 2.75; most eyes would struggle to see the difference. Notably, though, there’s no Adobe RGB mode, and the panel only proved capable of covering 75% of that space. Nor is this monitor designed for video editors: it covered 80% of the DCI-P3 gamut in Movie mode, but its average Delta E shot up to 7.76. In short, the EV2760’s Movie mode is for consumption only. One of the reasons for its loss in colour accuracy is that Movie switches the pixel overdrive function to “Enhanced” to reduce response times (and thus blur in action-packed scenes). You can manually adjust the overdrive function if you wish.
As ever, Eizo does a brilliant job of making the controls accessible to all via its OSD. This works using six touch-sensitive controls on the bottom right bezel, each of which changes function depending on context. So if you choose brightness, it will display symbols for up, down, cancel and okay. It’s equally easy to dive deeper into each colour mode, changing everything from temperature to gamma to contrast – and even advanced settings such as gain for red, green and blue if you’re using one of the customisable presets.
The stand is equally flexible, with an eye-catching triple-panel array at the back that helps to give this monitor exceptional height adjustment: it can actually touch the circular base if you wish, while a 35° tilt makes you almost want to use it as a point-of-sale display as it tips so far back – not that it would be much good without support for touch. If you need to share your screen with a neighbour, it’s simplicity itself to swivel it round in almost a full circle, while switching to pivot mode is equally smooth.
We suspect most people will only pivot the screen when they want to access the inputs, and there are plenty to choose from: two DisplayPorts, one HDMI and one DVI-D, while you can also take advantage of a four-port USB hub. Two ports sit within reach on the left of the screen, with the other two at the rear. The one crucial omission is USB-C, which is a shame for a monitor that’s aimed at the workplace.
The final hurdle to cross is the price, and at £594 including VAT it’s a sizeable one. We can’t ignore the fact that the likes of Hanspree and Dell provide 27in 1440p screens with perfectly good image quality for considerably less – and some of those monitors include USB-C connectors. However, Eizo will rightly point out that it includes an excellent five-year warranty, and that reflects the fact that this is a long-term investment. If you choose to make that investment, then – as always with Eizo’s monitors – we suspect you won’t regret the decision.
Eizo FlexScan EV2760 specifications
|2,560 x 1,440
|8-bit IPS panel (1.06 billion colours from 14-bit LUT)
|Screen refresh rate
|60Hz (5ms response time)
|2 x DisplayPort (HDCP 1.3), HDMI (HDCP 1.4), DVI-D (HDCP 1.4)
|3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm output jack
|2x 1W speakers
|4-port USB hub
|-172° to 172° swivel, -5° to 35° tilt, 169mm height adjustment
|612 x 230 x 376-545mm
|5yr warranty including six months zero bright sub-pixels guarantee
Tim Danton is editor-in-chief of PC Pro, the UK's biggest selling IT monthly magazine. He specialises in reviews of laptops, desktop PCs and monitors, and is also author of a book called The Computers That Made Britain.
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