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Iiyama ProLite XB2472HD review

Barry de la Rosa
20 Oct 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
170
inc VAT

A fully-adjustable stand and a good choice of inputs makes the XB2472HD very versatile and its VA panel is good, but you can get better image quality for less

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Specifications

24in screen size, 1,920x1,080 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

Like IPS panels, VA (Vertical Alignment) panels are meant to provide better viewing angles, colour reproduction and contrast than the cheaper and more common TN LCD panels. The new Iiyama ProLite XB2472HD has a 24in VA panel with a Full HD (1,920x1,080) resolution, a choice of VGA, DVI and two HDMI inputs and a fully adjustable stand (height adjustment and a portrait mode), giving it a great deal of versatility.

Iiyama ProLite XB2472HD ports

Our first impressions of image quality weren't good. In our tests, the XB2472HD's picture looked far too pale when viewed from an angle and, compared to displays with IPS panels, viewing angles aren't nearly as good. Although the XB2472HD kept light and dark areas accurate relative to each other, it lost colour accuracy.

Viewing angles are only important if you want to share what's on your screen, however, and most people sit directly in front of their monitor. Here, the picture changes: contrast is superb with dark blacks and bright whites, and colour accuracy is great, although not quite as good as with an IPS panel. We noticed a slight yellow cast which added warmth and made greens seem brighter, but it's not serious enough to ruin accuracy.

Iiyama ProLite XB2472HD side

Apart from the fiddly, touch-sensitive controls, the menu system is clear and logical. Options are minimal, with only brightness, contrast and colour temperature controls, and the latter are limited to 9300K, 7500K, 6500K and User - we kept all settings at default. A dynamic contrast option is hidden under the Miscellaneous section, and while it's not awful, we were still distracted by its attempts at correcting the screen's brightness on the fly.

You can press the Exit button on its own to cycle through image quality presets - Standard, Game, Cinema, Scenery and Text - which are fairly subtle and worth playing with. Although this display has a slower response time than displays with a TN panel, we didn't notice any ghosting in our games test.

Iiyama ProLite XB2472HD

The XB2472HD's main problem is the fierce competition. If you're looking to save money, the LG IPS235V costs £27 less, but its IPS panel actually provides superior image quality.

Basic Specifications

Rating***

Physical

Viewable size24 in
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio3,000:1 (5,000,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle178°
Vertical viewing angle178°
Response time8ms
Response time typeblack-to-black
Screen depth44mm
Base (WxD)307x212mm
Screen elevation123-249mm

Features

Portrait modeyes
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableyes
Internal speakersnone
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyno
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasnone
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputsnone

Environmental

Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on33W

Buying Information

Price£170
Supplierhttp://www.ilgs.co.uk
Detailswww.iiyama.co.uk
Warrantytwo years on-site

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