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Iiyama ProLite XU2792UHSU-B1 review: Back to basics

A stripped-down affair, but if your priorities are 4K and image quality, it’s a steal

Price
£233 exc VAT
  • Great image quality
  • Built-in speakers
  • Fantastic price
  • Low height
  • Slightly flimsy stand

Iiyama clearly had one aim when designing the XU2792UHSU-B1: to build a good-quality 4K monitor for a great price. After all, not everyone wants a feature-laden screen, so why pay for the privilege?

Admittedly, you might be taken aback when you start assembling this monitor. The plastic foot stand is so light that it would be blown away by a gust of wind, so it’s little wonder the screen wobbles once you start clicking the OSD buttons mounted on the underside of the bezel.

Note that you may want to find a monitor stand – or a hardback book – to place this monitor on, as it sits low on the desk. We took advantage of the screen’s single piece of flexibility, the fact it tilts, to find a comfortable viewing position. 

Once in place, though, such trifles are quickly forgotten. This is a fine-quality panel that benefits from being built in 2020, and Iiyama has tuned it beautifully: out of the box it not only looked good but performed well in our technical tests. Without any tweaks, not even adjusting its 90% brightness, it hit 99.2% of the sRGB colour space with a 108.6% volume, and with a Delta E of 0.36. Note that Iiyama’s official claims of 300cd/m2 brightness are conservative, with our unit hitting 358cd/m2.

What’s more, at 1,102:1 its contrast is great for an IPS panel. We think you’ll enjoy viewing photos and videos on this screen, and there’s even a pair of 2W stereo speakers built in. They’re not stunning, but we’re pleased to see them at this price, as we were the two USB-A ports. 

The OSD is responsive, but you won’t find much to significantly adjust the screen’s output. There are a measly three colour temperatures to choose from (9300K, 7500K and 6500K), while Iiyama’s selection of presets – iStyle Standard, Cinema, Text, Scenery and Game – did little more than brighten or dim the action. This screen is capable of gaming, though, with a 4ms response time.

Compared to many monitors, the XU2792UHSU-B1 isn’t going to wow anyone… until you show them the quality of its output and explain how little you paid for it.

Iiyama ProLite XU2792UHSU-B1 specifications

Screen size

27in

Screen resolution

3,840 x 2,160

Screen technology

IPS

Screen refresh rate

75Hz

Video inputs

1x HDMI, 1x DVI, 1x DisplayPort 1.2

Audio inputs/outputs

3.5mm headphone jack

Speakers

2 x 2W

Ports

2 x USB 3, 1x USB-B

Adjustability

-5°/+22° tilt

Dimensions

614 x 197 x 441mm

Weight

4.6kg

Warranty

3yr

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