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Iiyama ProLite E2773HDS review

Barry de la Rosa
23 Oct 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
231
inc VAT

The E2773HDS's strength lies in its decent image quality and its low price, and it has a sensible selection of ports too

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Iiyama claims a 1ms response time for the ProLite E2773HDS, but this is missing the point; what's more important is that this is a 27in monitor with decent image quality that's available for just £231. It has a Full HD resolution and a choice of VGA, DVI or HDMI inputs.

Iiyama ProLite E2773HDS ports

The E2773HDS's menu system is controlled by fiddly touch-sensitive buttons underneath the screen, and it's pretty basic. As well as brightness and contrast, you get a dynamic contrast and Eco modes and an overdrive control. The dynamic contrast is of the crude variety, and led to distracting changes in brightness, so we left it disabled. The Eco modes were simply fixed levels of brightness, and of course we kept overdrive off.

Iiyama ProLite E2773HDS side

A separate set of colour controls offers four levels of colour temperature - Cool, Normal, Warm and User - as well as an "i-Style" option which gives you a choice of presets based on your activity - Standard, Game, Cinema, Scenery and Text. We actually found the Standard option gave the best balance of colour and contrast, although this also disables the other image controls.

Iiyama ProLite E2773HDS back

Although it uses the older TN technology, image quality is very good and this monitor keeps up with the latest technology. Blacks were especially impressive, looking inky and deep in all of our test footage. Colours were natural, with warm flesh tones and lush greenery.

Producing bright and vibrant colours, we found that movies and photos looked great on the screen. Contrast is surprisingly good, too. While this display can't compete with the best IPS monitors, it managed to bring out most detail in dark scenes in our test footage.

It's safe to pretty much ignore all response time claims, as anything under 10ms is nigh-on impossible for the human eye to detect. As you'd expect then, the ProLite E2773HDS and its 1ms response times, managed to cope with games without any sign of ghosting.

Iiyama ProLite E2773HDS

Despite it's generally excellent image quality, the ProLite E2773HDS is slightly bested by monitors using newer technology. For the absolute best image quality the more expensive BenQ EW2730V is a great choice. If you want to save money and can put up with a smaller display, the 23in LG IPS235V is a brilliant choice. However, if you want size and quality at a low price, this is a good choice and wins a Budget Buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****

Physical

Viewable size27 in
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio1,200:1 (5,000,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness300cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle170°
Vertical viewing angle160°
Response time1ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth65mm
Base (WxD)310x244mm
Screen elevation95mm

Features

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

Environmental

Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on28W

Buying Information

Price£231
Supplierhttp://www.ebuyer.com
Detailswww.iiyama.co.uk
Warrantytwo years on-site

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