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Iiyama ProLite E2008HDS-1 review

Barry de la Rosa
24 Apr 2010
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Iiyama ProLite E2008HDS-1
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
100
inc VAT

Despite its budget looks, the E2008HDS-1 has excellent image quality, a sensible resolution and a low price.

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Specifications

20in screen size, 1,600x900 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

The Iiyama ProLite E2008HDS-1 is a 20in display with a 1,600x900 resolution. The DVI input supports HDCP copy protection, so you can play protected HD content. Of course, the 1W speakers will never produce a home cinema experience, so audio is best handled via your PC's speakers or an AV amplifier.

We found colours on the E2008HDS-1 to be fairly natural, with a vibrancy that makes images look warm. There are three preset colour modes as well as a custom option, and we found the default 6500k mode the best.

Contrast was superb, so switching on the "ACR" dynamic contrast was unnecessary. Unlike other implementations of dynamic contrast, we found the E2008HDS-1's to be rather more subtle - so subtle in fact that we couldn't really tell it was enabled. There was plenty of detail in dark areas, with smooth transitions to bright scenes with no over-saturation.

The design of the E2008HDS-1 isn't particularly inspiring. Unlike other Iiyama monitors we've reviewed recently, it isn't particularly slim. The glossy black, rounded bezel and black plastic stand betray its budget price. The buttons that control the menu system are set on the bezel below the screen, where they are easily accessible.

The menu system is simple and easy to read, with white text on a dark blue background. There aren't many options for image control - brightness and contrast, colour options and a Miscellaneous section where dynamic contrast and aspect ratio settings were hidden. Thankfully, we found little need to deviate from the default settings.

Despite its uninspiring looks, the E2008HDS-1 has great image quality and its 1,600x900 resolution makes it a smarter buy than rivals with a 1,440x900 resolution. Add to that its three-year, onsite warranty and low power consumption, and it's great value and wins a Budget Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating****

Physical

Viewable size20 in
Native resolution1,600x900
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (30,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle160°
Vertical viewing angle160°
Response time2ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth60mm
Base (WxD)241x193mm
Screen elevation100mm

Features

Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableno
Internal speakersyes (2x 1W)
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasnone
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputs3.5mm line in

Environmental

Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on21W

Buying Information

Price£100
Supplierhttp://www.cclonline.com
Detailswww.iiyama.co.uk
Warrantythree years onsite

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