The new Flexscan 27" monitor from Eizo with stylish thin bezel design and USB Type-C connectivity
This screen from Eizo presents a compelling option for new Macbook owners looking for a general purpose, very good colour quality screen.
Apple has once again changed the landscape of monitor ports, with only USB-C on offer from these new laptops, so you currently either have to go for a dongle approach (which is our recommendation if you want to set up a really high end colour accurate monitor, i.e. get a USB-C to DisplayPort dongle (like e.g this one) and a monitor like an Eizo ColorEdge), or find a screen with a direct USB-C input.
If you don't need something quite of the ColorEdge level of colour accuracy, then this is a great solution. No dongle required, just one direct plug - and it can even act as a charger for your laptop, making for an incredibly clean solution.
The monitor is the same as the other EV monitors from Eizo - standard gamut, excellent panel with good calibration controls - perfect for everyday general purpose use and enthusiast level imaging work. (Truth be told a lot of professional photographers use the EV range, particularly wedding and portrait photographers who just don't need wide gamut support - and these screens are definitely up to task).
The other great thing about the EV range is their excellent flicker free circuitry - meaning these are perfect for people with sensitive eyes, or people who work for very long sessions.
What Eizo Says:
USB Type-C with Power Delivery
The FlexScan EV2780 comes with a USB Type-C port. With a single USB Type-C cable you can transmit both video and audio signals, transfer data, and also charge a laptop or smartphone all at the same time. What’s more, it has an internal power unit so no external AC adaptor is required.
Ultra-thin bezels on all four sides
The monitor features 1 mm ultra-slim bezels on the sides and top with black borders of 5.7 mm. Electrostatic switches are placed on the front of the monitor for easy adjustment of monitor settings. Furthermore the bezels are flush with the screen surface, making a completely flat screen perfect for multi-monitor configurations.
Say Goodbye to Tired Eyes
Due to the way brightness is controlled on LED backlights, a small number of people perceive flicker on their screen which causes eye fatigue. The FlexScan EV series utilises a hybrid solution to regulate brightness and make flicker perceivable without any drawbacks like compromising colour stability – even on low brightness settings.
Significantly Reduce Blue Light
In the visible light spectrum, blue light has wave lengths adjacent to ultraviolet light. Compared to the factory preset setting of 6,500 K of typical LCD monitors, Paper Mode is closer to the spectral distribution with long reddish wavelengths so it reduces the amount of blue light, a cause of eye fatigue, and helps prevent eyestrain when reading documents.
Stefan Hartter, Head of Calibration and Maintenance at TÜV Rheinland Japan, commented, "We have measured EIZO FlexScan EV Series monitors with different brightness levels and display modes (blue-light strength, wavelength, etc.). We confirmed that the FlexScan EV Series is truly flicker-free and provides eye-pleasing images even in low-brightness environments."
Clear View from All Angles
The monitor uses an LED-backlit IPS (in-plane switching) LCD panel with 178° viewing angle that minimises colour shift and contrast changes when viewing the screen at an angle. This means that two people sitting at the one computer can easily see the screen – and it also makes the EV2780 perfect for multi-monitor configurations.
Auto Brightness Control
To prevent eye fatigue, a brightness sensor called Auto EcoView detects the changes in the ambient brightness that occurs throughout the day and automatically adjusts the screen to the ideal brightness level.
Advanced Settings for Auto EcoView (Auto Brightness Adjustment)
1% - 100% Brightness Range
In a dimly-lit work environment, a monitor with low brightness settings is more comfortable to use. With its LED backlight, the monitor is adjustable to 1 cd/m² which is less than 1% of the maximum.
White on White
The aesthetically-pleasing design of the monitor extends even to the cables. White cables come bundled with the white cabinet; and black cables with the black cabinet version of the FlexScan EV2780. Additionally the attached Cable Holder neatly holds the cables behind the stand.
Picture by Picture
The FlexScan EV2750 lets you view data from two input sources at once such as a Windows and a Macintosh computer with no distracting bezel in between.
EIZO Monitor Configuration for Administators
EIZO Monitor Configurator lets system administrators control the settings of all FlexScan EV monitors with a USB connection. The settings of one monitor can be saved as an xml file and applied to other monitors via USB or office network.
LED Backlights - Less Power, Longer Life
Compared to CCFL backlights, LED backlights last longer and consume less power. They are also mercury-free for minimal environmental impact.
A manufacturer’s 5-year warranty covers all components including the LCD panel to ensure a long service life. This warranty is 2-years or 67% longer than the standard 3-year warranty of most monitor brands for significantly lower running costs.
EIZO’s Screen InStyle is a newly developed software that allows you to easily manage monitor settings such as power, colour, brightness and gamma by using your mouse instead of monitor control buttons. But what makes Screen InStyle truly unique is that it allows you to manage multiple connected monitors from the one place – meaning that settings placed on one monitor will automatically be set to all connected monitors.
Zero Bright Pixels
Eizo guarantees this product will be free from bright sub-pixels for six months from purchase date.
Panel Size / Ratio
27" / 16:9 (1.78:1)
2560 * 1440
Direct Hardware Calibration?
In Built Sensor?
This monitor supports traditional monitor calibration (AKA Software calibration with a hardware device).
While this process can offer good results (and of course is much better than no calibration at all!), this monitor does not support the better method of Direct Hardware Calibration that is particularly important if you want to achive a really excellent screen to print match.
We recommend the i1Display Pro.i1 Display Pro
These calibrators are either simply not compatible, or do not measure current monitor technologies reliably. If you have one of these, it's time for an upgrade!i1 Display V1 & V2
Please note: Specifications are provided as a guide only.
We try very hard to keep these up to date and correct, but if a particular specification is really critical to you, then please double check the specification directly with the manufacturer. Some features may of course have caveats not fully described here.
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Monitor panel sizes are measured across the diagonal, in inches.
They are approximate only, so the actual measurement might be 27.1" for example. Note that panel size in inches is only one part of the story - the other being the aspect ratio. For example a 24" monitors doesn't sound much bigger than a 23" monitor, but 24" monitors are normally 16:10 versus most 23" monitors being 16:9. This means a 24" monitor is much taller than a 23" and the working size is much greater than one inch difference would suggest.
The panel ratio gives the relative size of the horizontal to the vertical. Older monitors were 4:3, but most modern monitors are widescreen, with 16:10 or 16:9 being the common ratios. 16:10 is distinctly taller, and common with 24 and 30 inch monitors. 23 and 27 inch monitors are normally 16:9 - the same ratio as widescreen televisions. For monitors 24 inches and below, we recommend going with a 16:10 monitor if you can. Once you're over 24 inches you've got sufficient vertical working space it doesn't matter so much.
Native resolution is simply the number of pixels a monitor has, stated as horizontal x vertical.
LCD monitors really want to receive their native resolution and look pretty terrible when scaling other resolutions to the native resolution of the panel.
Most modern computers have no trouble outputting up to 2560 by 1600 (e.g. all Mac Pros/Macbooks/Minis/Airs etc. from the last 5 years or so can do this without issue, usually to 2 or more displays simultaneously). The only time it becomes particularly important is with older machines, particularly laptops, many have a maximum external display resolution of 1920 by 1200. If in doubt send us the full model number of your laptop and we can double check this for you!
There are three major types of monitor panels. IPS (aka PLS) - are the best for image makers. They have the best colour accuracy and uniformity characteristics. The can sometimes have weaker blacks, so gamers and video editors sometimes lean towards PVA monitors. However these days good IPS panels have excellent blacks so we recommend that all image makers use an IPS panel. The latest panel type, TN, is generally only used in laptops and low end devices and should avoided for imaging work at all costs!
The two major types of backlighting are CCFL (Flourescent tube based) and LED. CCFL is the older type of light source and offers good uniformity and it has been traditionally easier to engineer colour accuate monitors with flourescent tubes. However recent LED backlit monitors can be excellent - very uniform, and of course they use much less power. The latest LED backlit monitors from the good makers now offer excellent colour accuracy - at least as good as the older CCFL models.
LEDs also uses significantly less power (although CCFL monitors are already much better than old CRTs of course!) - and tend to have better uniformity.
Whether or not the unit needs a fan for cooling. Most monitors fortunately don't need a fan, rather using passive cooling through heatsinks and vents.
However, some monitors do require a fan, which can be of concern given the monitors proximity to your ears. Generally the fan will be a low dB fan not audible above a typical computer fan, but if ambient noise is of concern to you the we suggest you choose a monitor without a cooling fan.
Calibration is the process of calibrating directly into the monitor's hardware. This is both more accurate, and typically more easy to do, than traditional software calibration. See the 'Calibration Information' section above for more details about this monitor and calibration.
In built correction sensors come in two forms:
Until around 2010, almost all monitors were 'standard gamut' - meaning they could display a moderate range of colours (roughly around the size of the sRGB colour space). In recent years we've seen the development of wide gamut monitors that can display a much wider range of saturated colours (about 25% more) - equivalent to approximately the gamut of AdobeRGB.
We recommend wide gamut monitors for all image makers, but especially for anyone working regularly with saturated colour. Wide gamut monitors can also emulate standard gamut monitors very well, so it's more future proof to choose a wide gamut model, and there really aren't any disadvantages (apart from the generally higher price of wide gamut models!).
Does the monitor accept a 10 bit incoming video signal? 10 bit video signals allow for more tonal level separation (i.e. smoother gradients).
PC: 10 bit is well supported and relatively easy to achieve with 'workstation' graphic cards (short version: buy an nvidia Quadro video card!).
Mac: 10 bit has only just become supported in 2016 - you'll need very up to date Mac hardware, and the latest versions of OSX and your apps.
Our comprehensive article on 10 bit support has all the details.
The maximum achievable ratio of the brightness of a monitor's white to the depth of it's black. The stated figure is a maximum, achieved only when the monitor is running at high brightness in a darkened room.
A high contrast ratio makes things looks more contrasty (i.e. more 'pop') and is particularly of note with gaming, video, and image display scenarios. For example, if you're selling photos to clients straight off your screen, then high contrast has more wow factor.
However, for print work, it is typical practice to dramatically reduce the monitors contrast to as low as, say, 200:1 to better simulate paper. This is best done with monitors that feature direct hardware calibration support and allow you to specify the desired contrast ratio.
The maximum achievable brightness of the monitor in candellas per metre squared.
It is VERY unusual to run a monitor at maximum brightness, especially for imaging work.
The DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative) specifications requires contrast of 1500:1 or more.
Most LCD monitors do not yet offer DCI True Blacks support (in practice 'true blacks' means a very low black point suitable for video editing in a dim environment). This doesn't mean they have bad blacks in typical viewing environments, but it does mean you may experience some 'glow' in your blacks if you're viewing in a very dim environment.
Achieving very high contrast ratios is difficult and a combination of technologies is used - changes to the panel, light retardation film and backlight are all required.
This is really only of relevance in video work - in still image work, and particualrly for print, it is common practise to actually raise the monitor's black point above the minimum to better simulate the printed output.
The wider the better! Viewing angle is the maximum angle at which a display can be viewed with acceptable visual performance.
This is a highly subjective figure and we don't place much credence in it - basically, IPS panels have the best viewing angles by far, and all IPS panels sold here all have excellent viewing angles, so you won't see variance as you move you head around under normal circumstances.
The bit depth of the gamma Look Up Table. That is, the number of levels the gamma table can contain, which is crucial to the appropriate placement of tonal levels on screen. 8 bit is standard (although some appalling screens are only 6 bit!), but 10 bit or more is desirable, and the best monitors are now 14 or 16 bit.
The bit depth of the colour Look Up Tables. These are used to map incoming values from your computer to actual colours on the monitor's screen - so are of course crucial to colour accuracy. 8 bit is standard (although some appalling screens are only 6 bit!), but 10 bit or more is desirable, and the best monitors are now 14 or 16 bit. Ideally combined with 3D LUTs that can transform colours in more than one table at once.
Put simply the higher the bit depth of the LUT, the greater the capacity for accuracy.
3D Look Up Tables allow colour transformations to occur on R,G and B simultaneously, which increases speed and accuracy. Basically, a 3D LUT means better, more accurate calibrations. You want one even if it sounds like gibberish!
LCD Monitors coming off a production line typically exhibit some uniformity issues. Uniformity corrected monitors are broken into zones, measured, and each zone calibrated to be even with its neighbours (and you often get a written report of this process with very high end monitors like the Eizo CG series). Called DUE by Eizo, and most likely something else by others, it's an important part of the process of high end LCD making.
The process occurs at the begining of the monitor's life and there is currently no user system for correcting uniformity after the monitor is out in the field, although it is theoretically possible. Fortunately, moden monitors that leave the factory in a very uniform state tend to then remain uniform for many years of use.
Monitors that are not uniformity corrected may exhibit some visible artefacts like a change in density or colour across the field of the monitor. Wtih brands like Eizo and NEC, the non uniformity tends to be minor.
How quickly a pixel can change colour, in milliseconds (usually measured as grey-to-grey, but there's no real standard).
Basically, any value 16 or under is generally fine for all normal uses. Exceptions are high end gaming and possibly video production - but it's rare anything below 10 makes a significant difference, and monitors with very low response times typically sacrifice a lot of colour quality to achieve this.
The input ports a monitor has. We have a comprehensive article about these (with pictures!) - here.
Other connections the monitor offers - such as audio connectors if the monitor has speakers (most don't) - and USB hubs. Some USB hubs also act as 'KVMs' - meaning you can plug your mouse and keyboard into the monitor, then the monitor into two separate computers and easily share your peripherals and screen between the two machines.
How much power the monitor draws. Often stated only as peak power usage, the real figure in practise may be lower.
Lower is better, both for your electricity bill and the planet, but typical figures of around 100W means that your monitor uses about the same as two standard downlights, so modern monitors are really very efficient compared to the hundreds of watts those old CRT clunkers used!
If a monitor hood is not included, then there are [LINK] aftermarket hoods available.
Monitor hoods stop direct light falling on the monitor which can make, in particular, shadow details harder to perceive. While not essential, once you get used to having one it's hard to go back to a screen without one - they improve the picture generally and provide a real 'window in to your image' effect.
Most colour accurate monitors don't have in built speakers.
Those that do offer speakers usually connect via 3.5mm jack (see connections), and the speaker output is usually around the 1-2w range. Fine for basic system sounds but not great for music etc.
Can the monitor be rotated on its stand 90 degrees and used in portrait orientation? Particularly useful if you're doing portrait work on smaller screens!
If the monitor & stand support this then you just rotate the screen physically and instruct your video card to flip the image 90 degrees (if you bind this to an F key on your keyboard it can be a very simple process!).
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EIZO monitors are backed by a manufacturer’s 5-year warranty that covers all components including the LCD panel.
EIZO can offer this because it manufacturers its products at its own factories. This allows EIZO to keep tight control over production quality and ensure that its monitors are built to last for 5 years and more.
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