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ColorEdge CE240W LCD Monitor

LCD graphics monitor with 16:10 aspect ratio

Eizo’s 24.1″ ColorEdge CE240W LCD Monitor, with its 16:10 aspect ratio and increased horizontal viewing space, is perfect for use with Adobe Photoshop and its palettes, watching widescreen DVDs, or displaying two full A4 pages side by side. It has a native resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, an 8ms response time for smooth video viewing, and a contrast ratio of 1000:1 for excellent highlight and shadow detail.

The 240W is well designed. The screen comes with a bezel in either black or white/silver combination with a clearly marked touch-sensitive control panel at the bottom. It has a USB 2.0 hub with two ports and two DVI inputs with an analog adapter included. A lazy Susan built into the 240W’s sturdy base allows swiveling 172° right to left, and its unique curved ArcSwing stand lets you smoothly adjust the height and tilt. A constant brightness level is maintained by a circuit that automatically detects and compensates for room temperature.

The 240W ships with several excellent canned profiles, but for best results use Eizo’s intuitive ColorNavigator CE calibration software which lets you set values for brightness, color temperature, and gamma. It works with GretagMacbeth’s Eye-One, X-Rite’s MonacoOPTIX, and ColorVision’s Spyder, and within four minutes accurately calibrates the monitor’s 10-bit LUT (look-up table). You can tweak your saved ICC profile’s brightness temperature and gamma using the control panel’s Left Arrow key. The results allow for reliable soft proofing with Photoshop CS2.

Colors and illumination are consistent from edge to edge; however, at viewing angles greater than 70° there’s a noticeable drop-off in color. Despite the limited viewing angle, the 240W is still an excellent choice for professional photographers and graphic artists.—Steve Baczewski

PRICE $1,699
FROM Eizo Nanao Technologies, Inc.
PHONE 800-800-5202
WEB www.eizo.com
FOR Mac and Windows

LAYERS VERDICT
HOT Accurate color
NOT Color drop-off at wider viewing angles
RATING 4.5

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