Iiyama ProLite B2712HDS review

7 Jan 2010

A good picture and a flexible stand, but not quite worth the premium over a 24in

Price when reviewed: 
300inc VAT
4

The 24in monitor is no longer considered large enough it seems, and manufacturers are falling over themselves to churn out even larger sizes. Until now, they've stuck with the traditional 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, but Iiyama's ProLite B2712HDS is the first 27in TFT to arrive with a 1080p panel.

The core specifications are promising, with a 400cd/m2 maximum brightness and a response time of 2ms, while the range of inputs - HDMI, DVI and D-SUB - should satisfy those with both PCs and entertainment devices.

Out of the box that backlight is set too high for comfort, but we fired up the on-screen menu - which is one of the largest and most usable we've seen - and a little tweaking had it right in no time. The black level was deeper than most, albeit with a bluish beam of light along the bottom edge, and the standard contrast produced good detail in both light and dark areas of images. A slight issue was a pink hue that cropped up in some greys, but it wasn't noticeable during videos.

Iiyama ProLite B2712HDS

We tried out the Iiyama's dynamic contrast setting but, as with most, it wildly distracts with its fluctuating backlight, so we disabled it again.

We didn't need it, though, as the B2712HDS looked good in our gaming tests. We had no issues with blurring in fast-moving scenes, and colours were vibrant and accurate for a TN panel. Our DisplayMate tests backed that up, with good performance in its colour-on-colour screens.

We also like the sturdy stand, which lifts through 85mm and swivels widely, while the integrated 1.5W speakers are good enough for everyday desktop audio, if not much more than that. The 16:9 1080p panel just about makes sense at this size, but we still think a good 16:10 screen offers a more natural working area.

A bigger question is whether a 27in TFT with no more pixels than most 24in and 22in models is worth more than £250 exc VAT. It's true that many 27in rivals cost much more, so you could consider the Iiyama a bargain in that sense, and if you want those three extra inches it isn't a bad mainstream choice. But we'd still lean towards spending £50 less on a top-quality 24in TFT.

Details

Price ex VAT £256
Price inc VAT £300
Overall rating 4
Image quality 4
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 4

Main specifications

Screen size 27.0in
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Screen brightness 400cd/m2
Pixel response time 2ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 50,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.311mm
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type Stereo
Speaker power ouput 3W
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 no
Other audio connectors None

Accessories supplied

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

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 45W
Idle power consumption 35W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 3 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle 60 degrees
Height adjustment 85mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? no

Dimensions

Dimensions 644 x 263 x 423mm (WDH)
Weight 8.800kg