For some years now, Eizo has been established as a leading contender in a strong field of competitors when it comes to the professional market. The 24in Eizo ColorEdge CG241W is the latest in a line of flat panels that have garnered praise from all quarters; it therefore has much to live up to.
Like Dell's budget UltraSharp 2408WFP, the Eizo ColorEdge CG241W uses s-PVA technology; one question we were naturally keen to have answered was whether the difference between their respective price tags was therefore justified.
The Eizo ColorEdge CG241W arrives with a hood, flat-packed for the user to assemble and slot into place around its LCD panel. This hood is not as deep as those formerly used on, say, LaCie's CRT displays; however, it does a reasonable job of keeping out extraneous light, once its rather fiddly parts have been slotted together and put in place.
Speaking of fiddly, the Eizo ColorEdge CG241W's adjustment buttons are well placed along the bottom of the panel's frame, and directly in the user's field of vision: however, they're small and so numerous that it's difficult to hit the right one without giving the matter some attention. Admittedly there was hardly any need to use them after the initial setup, but a little more thought might have been put into this aspect of what is, after all, a premium-priced product.
When it came to the colour and geometry tests, the Eizo ColorEdge CG241W performed extremely well, as might be expected, showing good differentiation of greys and blacks in particular. After the initial setup, the CG241W was calibrated using Gretag Macbeth's Eye-One colourimeter and software; however, the default settings straight out of the box were more than acceptable for most purposes.
For the user who wants a well-built monitor capable of consistent, reliable, colour-accurate work, the Eizo ColorEdge CG241W takes some beating. However, we'd expect to see the price drop if the manufacturer sticks to the same TFT technology.