Best Buy
  • Price: 909

  • Company: Eizo

  • Pros: Great image quality for both text and pictures. Flexible stand.

  • Cons: Pricey. White model is rather ugly.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 9 out of 10 We rate this 9 out of 10

For those in the know, this 24-inch wide-screen LCD permits sophisticated screen adjustments for such variables as gamma, gain, hue, and saturation; and for less demanding users, it supplies five screen modes. Touch-sensitive electrostatic switches provide a flat, clean interface that’s easier to work with than the usual aspirin-sized buttons.

For overall image quality, the S2410W is hard to beat. Text looked crisp on the 1,920-x-1,200 widescreen, especially on the real-world test screens of InDesign and Illustrator documents. Test screens featured even, natural-feeling brightness and had a sharp and vivid appearance. In fact, the S2410W’s balanced lighting and excellent contrast helped it beat its main rivals – Apple’s 23-inch Cinema HD Display and Samsung’s SyncMaster 242mp – on our white-screen and colour-scale tests.

Two USB 2.0 ports located on the left side of the bezel make it easy to plug in a Wacom tablet or other external device. The S2410 forgoes the usual 15-pin analog VGA input, instead offering two DVI digital inputs so you can hook it up to more than one PC or device. Either of these ports can accept analog input from an older PC with an included adaptor. Not surprisingly, this all-pro model omits speakers and headphone jacks.

The S2410W’s ArcSwing 2 stand slides the screen along a curve, permitting a wide range of stable tilt adjustments, with a slight difference in height as well. A swivel mechanism lets you share your work with others seated nearby. The overall design, with its small round depressions on the back, looks stylish in a space-age way. But if you have the choice, check out the matte black model. Our review unit’s flat white finish – not the semi-translucent white we see on so many products – failed to impress.

At £909 plus VAT, the S2410W comes at a premium, but Eizo’s five-year warranty assures that your investment will be well protected. However, this is a low cost compared to what you would have paid for such a screen a year ago.