Eizo ColorEdge CG243W review

Your monitor is probably the most important piece of kit you own. A good monitor is the difference between eye strain and dodgy colours, and pin-sharp, perfect colours and a comfortable, restful Mac-using experience. It’s when you’re working on or viewing photos and other images frequently that a decent monitor really comes into its own, as colour reproduction and image sharpness suddenly count for everything.

If exact colour reproduction is essential, you can justify spending the whopping £1,207 for Eizo’s latest ColorEdge monitor. It’s a luxury item but in the value-for-money stakes, it’s worth it.

Like most 24in monitors, the ColorEdge CG243W has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200. Its standout features are its colour gamut – which is an impressive 97 per cent of the Adobe RGB colour space – its 16-bit colour processing, and its DisplayPort input. We tested the monitor with DataColor’s Spyder3Elite and found it’s able to produce more shades than most 24in monitors we’ve looked at. Only the HP DreamColor LP2480zx (£1,930) and LaCie 724 (£1,794.99) have larger gamuts.

Eizo says that the key to this large gamut is a new 3D look-up table (LUT). LUTs take colour information out of your graphics card and translate that into what you see on screen, and Eizo says that single ‘3D’ LUT is more accurate than the traditional multiple LUTs for red, green and blue channels found in most creative displays.

We can’t tell if this is the case or not, but judging the CG243W’s output from the profile created by the Spyder3Elite – and analysed using Chromix’s ColorThink Pro 3.0 – this monitor offers exceptional colour output (for whatever reason).

The DisplayPort input allows connection to the latest range of pro-level PC graphics cards, which should enable a 10-bit colour workflow. Support for 10-bit colour is currently non-existent on the Mac, but it’s good for future-proofing your monitor.

The CG243W’s menu system is easy to use, with all buttons clearly labelled. The included calibration software, ColorNavigator, is simple too, and running through the process is quick – though there are also advanced controls.

OUR VERDICT

While the price puts the CG243W out of the reach of many potential buyers, if you can justify the high cost – but can’t quite stretch to HP’s pimped-out DreamColor LP2480zx – it’s an excellent choice.

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