Eizo Foris FS2434 review
Screen size: 23.8in, Resolution: 1,920x1,080, Screen technology: IPS, Refresh rate: 60Hz
Gaming monitors typically come in two flavours: high refresh rate models with low response times for twitchy competitive gamers, and high quality panels with slightly more sedate gamers in mind. The Eizo Foris FS2434 is a 23.8in, 1,920x1,080 Full HD monitor that fits the latter category, although the red go-faster stripe along the bottom bezel and the angular base makes it clear this is still a monitor built with gaming in mind.
The base sits on a rotating turntable and has 60mm of height adjustment, which should suit most desks. It also has a built-in carry handle at the rear, which should suit anyone still regularly attending LAN parties.
Eizo is clearly targeting multi-monitor users with the FS2434, as the incredibly small 6mm bezels on the left, right and top sides make it ideal for a surround setup. Put three of these side-by-side for triple screen gaming and you'll barely notice the divides between them.
Managing multiple monitors is extremely easy too, thanks to Eizo's G-Ignition software. G-Ignition is a Windows application that lets you adjust picture settings for your monitor without having to use the monitor's own onscreen menus. In order to use it, at least one monitor must be plugged into your PC via the USB3 type-B connector on the left of the panel. Subsequent monitors can then be daisy-chained through the primary display via USB.
G-Ignition is simple and works as expected, with all the preset and colour options you normally get on the monitor itself. It lets you adjust monitors individually or as a group, so you can customise your setup to your exact liking.
^Eizo G-Ignition is a great way to manage the colour output of multiple monitors
The FS2434 also includes a small remote control, which makes menu navigation and source switching much easier by replacing the sometimes fiddly buttons you’ll find on the front of other screens. The only buttons on the front here are power, volume and a one-button source selector that that cycles through the two HDMI port and the DVI connector.
It would have been nice to have a few more connectors on the back; Eizo is clearly marketing this as a multimedia monitor as well as a gaming screen, so to have just three inputs of only two varieties feels a little stingy, especially for users who have lots of external devices they want to plug in. The lack of DisplayPort, a very common interface on newer graphics cards, is a real shame.
In addition to DVI and HDMI, there are the two aforementioned standard USB3 ports for connecting peripherals to your PC and three 3.5mm audio jacks. Two of these, an input and an output, are next to the USB ports and therefore hidden from view to keep your desk free of visible trailing wires. The third, another output, is built into the side of the bezel, which makes it easily accessible for quickly plugging in a pair of headphones.