Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Colours: 16.77 million (from a palette of 1.06 billion)
Response Time: 6ms grey-to-grey
Adobe RGB gamut: 96%
Viewing angle: 178 x 178-degree
Max power consumption: 10W
It costs the very best part of £900. It’s only 24 inches, it doesn’t boast a new type of technology and it doesn’t perform acts of fellatio on you while you install Karmic Koala. You may wonder why we’d even bother bringing what’s essentially an incredibly overpriced monitor to your attention at all? It’s for one simple reason – the same reason Jeremy Clarkson barks incessantly about the ultimate beasts in the automotive arena: even the permed, pot-bellied one can’t afford a Bugatti Veyron, but he critiques it because it’s the best of breed, just like the EIZO Foris FX2431.
Even reciting verbatim the specifications and features it offers would blow the word count for this review clear out of the water, so we highly recommend you look it up via the manufacturer link, but suffice to say it has bells and whistles that would leave other de luxe models of £500 limp and weeping. Its blacks are the darkest we’ve seen and the picture is so beautifully crisp and sharp that even the sight of a vanilla desktop picture was enough to raise whoops from office onlookers. But what does it do besides visually rock our socks off? It runs native 1080p at 24 frames per second for pixel-perfect reproduction. It automatically detects ambient light in the room and adjusts its backlighting for perfect brightness.
It automatically up-scales standard definition 480i/p AV inputs to up to twice their original size without distortion. It offers two upstream USB ports that allow you to use a keyboard and mouse on two separate computers simultaneously. It even features a technology devised solely for the purpose of reducing the blur inherent to playing 8-bit retro games. It’s completely and utterly mental and that’s not even the half of it.
With two HDMI ports, DVI, V-SUB, composite, S-video, and a pair of 2W speakers capable of filling a room at 80% volume, there’s literally not a single obscure device on the planet it won’t work with.