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Iiyama ProLite XUB249HSU-W1 review: A basic budget monitor

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Price when reviewed : £153

The Iiyama might be cheap, but the lack of image quality highlights its budget status


  • Affordable price
  • IPS panel


  • Uninspiring specs
  • Poor backlight uniformity

The Iiyama is cheap, but it faces some stiff competition – the Dell SE2719H only costs a few pounds more and the BenQ BL2780T isn’t far off. Of the three, it’s the smallest, with a diagonal of 24in.

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Iiyama ProLite XUB249HSU-W1 review: Features and performance

The Iiyama’s budget price means a limited specification. This 24in screen has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and a density of 92ppi – fine for day-to-day computing and better than 1080p 27in rivals, but not eye-catching.

The underlying tech is IPS, which is good, but the Iiyama’s 8-bit colour consists of 6-bit colour that’s been beefed up with FRC. That’s standard at this price, but it means that colours may experience banding on this panel.

The Iiyama has a 75Hz refresh rate, which theoretically benefits gaming, but there’s no syncing technology. Connectivity is better than the Dell, with HDMI, DisplayPort and a D-SUB, and it’s good to see USB ports, too.

It’s flexible, thanks to 130mm of height adjustment along with swivel options, and it supports portrait mode and VESA mounts. The box contents are respectable, too, with DisplayPort, HDMI and USB cables all included. It’s protected by a three-year warranty compared to Dell’s single year.

The Iiyama’s Delta E figures of 2.72 and 8.07 beat the Dell, but they’re nowhere close to the BenQ. Similarly, the Iiyama’s contrast of 306:1 is a long way short of the BenQ’s score, while uniformity is poor. The Iiyama’s backlight varied by a peak of 24% despite its small diagonal, and it proved similarly wayward in every corner. Its performance was no better in other screen modes, and it rendered just 82.2% of the sRGB colour gamut.

Iiyama ProLite XUB249HSU-W1 review: Verdict

The Iiyama is cheap, with more features than the Dell and slightly better image quality – so it’s a better budget option. But, again, the superior BenQ isn’t much more money.

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