Iiyama ProLite B2409HDS review

12 Oct 2009

Average image quality detracts from an otherwise good display

Iiyama ProLite B2409HDS
Price when reviewed: 
212(£212 inc VAT)
4

The Iiyama PLB2409HDS may not be the most stylish of monitors with its dull black design, but it packs in the features. The sturdy stand swivels widely, lifts through 11cm and pivots to a very useful portrait orientation, while the main body houses a pair of acceptable 2W speakers and an HDMI port to add to the usual DVI and VGA.

The bezel is pretty thin at 17mm, so those with plenty of desk space could consider tiling a pair of them, and it includes an automatic Eco mode for dimming the backlight to conserve energy.

That's all well and good, but unfortunately the 1,920 x 1,080 panel itself is less than stellar. Colours had a slight red tinge that we couldn't eliminate, even when switched to sRGB mode, while the backlight had a few too many uneven patches.

The 1,000:1 contrast meant a decent level of detail in shadows and highlights, but we weren't overly stunned by the brightness or the depth of the black level.

This all translated to unspectacular performance in our real-world tests. Wall-E looked a little limp next to the more vibrant models, while Crysis - despite the 2ms response time making for smooth motion - lacked depth and failed to excite us. It isn't as weak as some budget models we've seen, but for this money we'd expect a bit more quality from a 24in panel.

So the decision comes down to whether features or image quality matter more to you. If it's the former, the B2409HDS will stretch and pivot to any desk position you require, but the fact that better quality monitors will do the same for similar prices means we can't fully recommend this Iiyama.

Details

Price ex VAT £184
Price inc VAT £212
Overall rating 4
Image quality 4
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 4

Main specifications

Screen size 24.0in
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 2ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 20,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.272mm
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type Stereo
Speaker power ouput 4W
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 1
Headphone output yes
Other audio connectors N/A

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA, 3.5mm audio
Internal power supply yes

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings Warm, Normal, Cool, User, sRGB
Extra adjustments Image position, gamma, Eco, OSD position, language, timeout, signal select, reset

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 0 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle 170 degrees
Height adjustment 110mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? yes
Bezel width 17mm

Dimensions

Dimensions 561 x 250 x 414mm (WDH)
Weight 7.700kg