This press release was very relevant to my interests.  Having recently readjusted my work space around, I now have room for a tri-monitor setup and have been on the look-out for something to replace my single 27-inch 2560x1440 IPS display.  My current options are either upgrading to a single 4K/UHD display, something like the TN-based Samsung 28-inch U28D590 that has just become available for £500 in the UK, or adding a second 27-inch 1440p, or completely changing out to a trio of thin-bezel 1080p monitors which I could also use for gaming as well as writing.  I have the GPU power for all three options, but EIZO just made that choice a lot more difficult with the introduction of the 1920x1080p 24-inch 60Hz FORIS FS2434.

Most thin-bezel monitors always have ‘some’ bezel in addition to ‘some’ blank edges on the panel itself.  For a large number of monitors that I have been looking at, a standard total length from image to the end of the device seems to be 1cm in order to qualify for the thin-bezel naming.  At Computex this year we saw the 2560x1440p ASUS Designo MX27A which is clearly sub-1cm but is going to cost a pretty penny.  Even the ASUS MX278H is in the same region, but retails for £280 this side of the pond.  For the cost of three of those, I could in one UHD display and a decent chair to sit in by comparison.

The EIZO FS2434 promises a 6mm ‘frame’ (that is 2mm bezel and 4mm border from LCD to bezel) along the top and sides of the monitor, making it nice for a three-monitor setup or six if you are prepared to orient them around.  The panel is IPS giving 178º viewing angles, and the 16.7 million colors means 8-bit color support.  Input lag is listed as 0.05 frames.

The stand has 60mm of height adjustment, 25º of tilt and 344º of swivel, but no mention on pivot.  There is a VESA mounting system on the rear, and EIZO likes to point out a handle to make it easy for transportation.  Connectivity comes through two HDMI and one DVI-D, along with a USB hub with one upstream and two downstream ports.  The two 0.5 watt internal speakers also give a line-out jack.  Brightness is listed as 250 cd/m2 with a 4.9ms gray-to-gray response time.

There are three elements to the system from EIZO on the ‘smart technology’ side:

  • Smart Insight 2: Brightens up dark areas to make it easier to spot enemies in the shadows
  • Smart Resolution: Analyzes an image for noise and blur and attempts to correct the blur without increasing the noise.
  • Smart Detection: Detects which parts of the screen are playing videos/games and applies the two features above to those specific regions of the monitor only.

The FS2434 also uses a hybrid DC/PWM system for backlight control in order for flicker-free gameplay.  The panel comes with a five year warranty (where five-years means 30,000 hours of use from date of purchase). 

The monitor will begin shipping in late June, although price will vary by region and no MSRP seems to be set.  24-inch 1080p IPS monitors are now a dime a dozen, and it will be interesting to see how much of a price premium the thin-bezel will attract.

Source: EIZO

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  • Ian Cutress - Thursday, June 12, 2014 - link

    Three 27" panels is a bit of a stretch on my 1.2m work table. 3x24" works a lot better, but there are no 24" 2560x1440 panels that also offer thin-bezels.
  • Coup27 - Thursday, June 12, 2014 - link

    Could you make it work if you used a triple monitor stand?
  • DanNeely - Thursday, June 12, 2014 - link

    I've looked a few times (I've got a 30" flanked by a pair of 20" 1200x1600's); and multi monitor stands intended for anything bigger than 24" screens range from very expensive to non-existent. If Ian was willing to accept having his monitors placed off center, sitting two on the desk with factory stands and having the third overhang the side with a flexible arm could be done without breaking the bank.
  • lever_age - Thursday, June 12, 2014 - link

    Or there's 34" 3440x1440 (LG 34UM95 for starters), though the cost there is probably similar to what three of these FS2434 will likely sell for. Pixel pitch is similar to 27" 2560x1440. There's something to be said for not needing to deal with the bezels at all.
  • HigherState - Thursday, June 12, 2014 - link

    I agree 100 percent. You beat me to it. Productivity, check. Better gaming, check. Cleaner desk environment, check. Thunderbolt input for macs (or PCs), check. Use the display port input and you get color dithering that is great, approaching 10-bit territory. USB3 hub too.
  • Ian Cutress - Thursday, June 12, 2014 - link

    Doesn't seem to be in the UK yet (2 weeks?) and pre-order prices are around £840. I can see the reasons you give and they make sense (panel, space), although I'm currently on a 27" 2560x1440. Moving to 3440 and a lower pixel density on my work space doesn't sound much like a good deal for such a large outlay. But I could see the appeal if I was on a 19" 1080p TN right now.
  • lever_age - Thursday, June 12, 2014 - link

    I don't know how exact the diagonal measures are (to do a direct calculation), but 34UM95 is listed as 0.2325 mm pixel pitch. 27" 2560x1440 is 0.2331 mm. It's pretty much the same... but then again, that means there's an argument questioning why one would want those 880 horizontal pixels so badly.
  • Coup27 - Friday, June 13, 2014 - link

    It infuriates me immensely that my phone has a display with a ppi of 441 whereas my 23" 1080p trundles along at 96. And given the state of 4K displays, lack of IPS, lack of 60Hz and lack of drivers and OS maturity, it's all very depressing!
  • TrackSmart - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - link

    I respect the author's desire for a multi-monitor setup, but I would consider moving from a larger 27" panel to multiple 24" panels a downgrade on too many levels, despite the overall increase in screen area. I suppose a three-panel setup could provide a more immersive gaming experience (when you can get it to work properly), but even relatively thin bezels would kill the joy for me. And for everyday work, having only 24" of bezel-less workspace on your primary screen sounds like a big downgrade from the 27" display. I would also miss the extra vertical screen real estate of the larger display for getting real work done.

    To each his own.

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