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Iiyama Prolite E2481HS review

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Price when reviewed : £152
inc VAT

A good-looking budget monitor, but it needs a colour calibrator to help it reach its full potential


23.6in screen size, 1,920×1,080 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

The Iiyama Prolite E2481HS is a 23.6in TN panel with a Full HD display. It sets itself apart from other Prolite models with its slim 7mm bezel, something that would look much smarter if it wasn’t for the chunky matt plastic stand beneath it. The stand is fixed, but there’s more than enough screen tilt to help you find the best viewing angle.

Iiyama Prolite E2481HS

When we first started testing the Prolite E2481HS, the screen looked extremely bright, and images seemed to have a white sheen. Colours were pale and far less rich than those displayed by our reference monitor, and this isn’t something we expect straight out of the box.

Our calibration tests revealed it was only displaying 89.4 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut. This is below average, even for a TN panel, but we managed to increase this figure to 96 per cent after calibration by installing a custom colour profile. This is just shy of the 97 per cent we’ve seen from some of the best TN and IPS monitors, and it brought back a much needed depth to our test images.

Our solid colour image tests revealed further issues with the E2481HS. TN panels aren’t known for colour accuracy, but while blues, reds and greens were greatly improved after calibration, whites were still quite dull and blacks looked almost grey. There were also noticeable shadows in the upper and lower parts of the screen, leaving a brighter patch running across the middle, as well as a very slight bleed from the LED backlight all the way along the left-hand side.

Iiyama Prolite E2481HS

Its contrast levels were better, with lots of detail in both the light and dark areas of our test photos, but colours still looked drab and washed out, and the bright sheen we’d seen prior to calibration was particularly noticeable here.

There are controls on the back of the screen to adjust the brightness and contrast levels, but even lowering the brightness didn’t help. On the other hand, its matt finish meant we had no problems with reflections, and we had no trouble seeing what was on screen, even in our brightly lit offices.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **


Viewable size 23.6 in
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Contrast ratio 1,000:1 (5,000,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness 250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle 178°
Vertical viewing angle 170°
Response time 2ms
Response time type grey-to-grey
Screen depth 18mm
Base (WxD) 217x210mm
Screen elevation 73mm


Portrait mode no
Wall mount option yes
Height adjustable no
Internal speakers yes (2W stereo)
Detachable cables yes
USB hub none
Integrated power supply yes
Kensington lock lug yes
Display extras none
VGA input yes
DVI input yes
S-video input no
Component input no
Composite input no
HDCP support yes
Audio inputs 3.5mm line in


Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 22W

Buying Information

Price £152
Warranty one year RTB

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