The interface that revolutionized the computer world? Of course, we mean USB Type C. It is just present with the new Eizo FlexScan EV2780 monitor, which turns into a universal docking station on the desktop. You will learn all the details in our review.
At first glance, Eizo FlexScan EV2780 monitor is difficult to distinguish from the related model EV2750. We tested it already at the end of 2015, we were impressed with a quality 27-inch monitor with a simple design. Expectations from the new model were no less.
Basic specifications, at first glance, do not surprise. At EV2780 we get a diagonal of 27 inches and a resolution of 2.560 x 1.440 pixels. The panel used by Eizo is of the IPS type, which allows us to hope for high image quality and stable viewing angles. Very interesting was the interface panel, which just changed significantly compared to the EV2750. In addition to the usual connectors, you pay attention to the Type C port. It allows not only to transfer data to the monitor’s USB ports, but also the picture. What’s more interesting, when you connect a laptop through Type C, the latter will be recharged. Thus, with a single cable, the laptop can easily be integrated into the desktop infrastructure. However, there are some limitations, which we will talk about a little later.
As you might expect from Eizo, FlexScan EV2780 is not cheap, and for the 27-inch model you will have to pay 900 euros.
The previous monitor EV2750 was pleasantly pleased with its modest appearance and industrial design. The numbers 80 and 50 are not so different from each other, so we were not surprised that Eizo FlexScan EV2780 went the same way.
Accordingly, in Eizo FlexScan EV2780, we again get the design Edge-to-Edge with a panel that completely covers the entire monitor in front. This also explains the 1 mm-thick frame specified by Eizo, since when turned off, it appears that the entire monitor is a solid panel. However, if you turn on a 27-inch monitor, it becomes quickly clear that the frame is actually noticeably thicker. According to our measurements it is 6 mm, but it still can not be called wide, so that the monitor is well suited for a configuration with several displays.
All this has led to the fact that Eizo FlexScan EV2780 looks not only stylish, but also quite elegant and compact. If you have a 24-inch old monitor on your desktop, you’ll probably be surprised that the modern 27-inch Eizo is not much bigger.
The side view clearly shows how thin the monitor is at the edges, it thickens only closer to the center, where electronics and interfaces are located.
If you do not lean Eizo FlexScan EV2780 against the wall, and put it on the table in the center of the room, then the monitor will not attract attention to itself. It is immediately evident that Eizo FlexScan EV2780 is aimed at corporate users.
A round base can not be called large. But it still quite stably keeps the monitor, while taking up a little space on the desktop.
The biggest innovation compared to the EV2750 is seen on the interface panel, which has become much more modern. The old DVI input was removed, although the classic HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces were still left. But the most interesting is the USB Type C port next to them.
The port not only transfers data to the built-in USB hub. The interface supports the transfer of pictures. Moreover, if you connect a compatible laptop (in our case we used the ASUS ZenBook UX390), then you can simultaneously charge it. Theoretically, there is only one cable between the monitor and the laptop, through which the laptop can connect to the entire desktop infrastructure. The monitor turns into an analog dock, so no additional dock is required. But if you plan to charge a laptop through the Type C interface, you will have to accept some limitations.
The EV2880 can only feed 15W of power to the connected notebook. This level is usually enough to not consume the battery, but if you want to simultaneously charge the mobile computer’s battery, it is unlikely to work. For such scenarios, Eizo has provided an option in the OSD to increase the power of the port to 30 watts. But this will have to put up with a noticeable decrease in the brightness of the panel, as can be seen from our tests.
We connected to Eizo FlexScan EV2780 laptop ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390. But the first experience was unsuccessful. The USB connection was recognized, but the connection was not established. Only after updating the firmware of the monitor we received a picture via USB. Then with the monitor it was possible to work as usual, ZenBook also charged without problems. We used a USB Type C cable that came with the monitor.
On the functions of ergonomics Eizo is usually ahead, and Eizo FlexScan EV2780 is no exception. The lower edge of the panel can be lowered almost to the level of the countertop, which is not so common. Add to this a very decent adjustment range of 155 mm, so users can most comfortably adjust the position of the panel Eizo FlexScan EV2780. You can also flexibly adjust and tilt the panel. The 27-inch panel can be tilted forward by 5 ° and back by 35 °. The range is also quite decent.
Finally, the possibility of mechanical adjustment complements the function of turning into portrait mode. It was hardly possible to come up with a more complete range of ergonomic settings.
Eizo FlexScan EV2780 monitor stands out with a strict and elegant design, in which mechanical buttons are unlikely to fit. Therefore, Eizo added touch buttons in the lower right corner of the frame. Only white inscriptions indicate them.
The on-screen menu is only activated if you touch the buttons. First, the user accesses the first-level menu, which contains the most important configuration options available directly. For example, you can turn on the Eco mode or adjust the brightness. But you can go to the second level menu, in which the user receives the entire range of settings.
The range of settings is quite typical for Eizo, it can be called good. The on-screen menu is also made quite strict, in the style of the monitor itself. All basic settings are available, including advanced color adjustment. Of course, for competition with professional monitors Eizo for computer graphics settings is not enough, but this goal for Eizo FlexScan EV2780 is not.
Touch buttons we liked, the menu is sensitive to touch. In the present times of touchscreens we involuntarily tried to touch the option on the panel, but this input method does not work.
You can also use the Eizo software, which allows you to conveniently configure the entire display in a multi-monitor configuration.
The FlexScan EV2750 has performed well on power consumption, Eizo FlexScan EV2780 is not inferior to it. In our tests with a brightness of 150 cd / m², we got a decent level of 24.1 watts.
But the full efficiency of the energy consumption of EV2780 only provides for the use of sensors. The monitor is equipped with a user presence detector in front of the display, and when the user leaves the workplace, the monitor “falls asleep.” Also through the application, you can activate the transition to the sleep mode of the entire system, but in practice the second sensor is more interesting.
It determines the brightness of the environment and automatically adjusts the brightness of the monitor. In Eizo FlexScan EV2780 screen menu, you can set the monitor’s lower brightness limit so that it does not get too dark in a completely darkened room. In practice, the sensor worked perfectly – brightness variation during the day was not noticeable, the display always provided the correct level of brightness.
The basic specifications of Eizo FlexScan EV2780 can be called quite worthy, albeit not revolutionary. However, time-tested technologies are also good, the monitor demonstrates in practice quite convincing results. The 27-inch panel gives a resolution of 2.560 x 1.440 pixels, like many other models in recent years. For a similar diagonal, the resolution is good, users do not have to scale the picture. Accordingly, working in “native” resolution is also very comfortable for a long time without the appearance of eye fatigue. Due to the narrow frame, monitors can conveniently be combined into a configuration with several displays.
The IPS panel used showed convincing results. As we expected, the IPS viewing angles are quite wide. In addition, the 27-inch monitor pleased with a bright and contrasting picture. With Eizo FlexScan EV2780, you can work comfortably even in well-lit rooms – at least when the laptop is not charging with a power of 30 watts. What is even better, Eizo has chosen a fairly natural color rendition, so the colors are saturated, but correct. Visible and the shades of gray, and the transitions between the shades of different colors, here the 10-bit LUT gives its advantages. Of course, if you want to squeeze the maximum out of the display, then you should use the colorimeter. But it is only required if you need a very accurate color rendering.
Regarding response time and responsiveness, the 27-inch monitor proved to be good, although we would not call it outstanding. The annoying afterglow in the games was not noticeable, but for hardcore gamers Eizo FlexScan EV2780 is hardly worth recommending. But we still have a monitor for work, not for games. The best combination of image quality and response time we got with an average setting of Overdrive “Standard”.
We assess the results of the tests positively. The maximum brightness was 357 cd / m² in one segment and 345 cd / m² on average across the panel – a fairly high level. So the brightness will be enough to work, even if the user is behind a window or other light source. After successful calibration, the brightness changed little, we got 336 cd / m².
But in the case of activation of 30 Watt power to charge the laptop, everything looks different. The maximum brightness is reduced to a level of about 130 cd / m². It is enough for normal working scenarios, but there is no reserve, so the light sources behind the user’s back are undesirable. Like too much light in the room.
We find the uniformity of the illumination convincing, the level was 95%, so the difference in brightness with the unaided eye is not noticed. Also, the contrast of 911: 1 is also convincing, it is quite typical for IPS panels.
Without calibration, the white point of our monitor had a color temperature of 6.335 K, which is quite close to the optimum of 6.500 K. Therefore, if you are not going to professionally work with photos, then the color temperature hardly makes sense to correct. However, professionals will certainly choose another model. We also liked the color reproduction, the maximum deviation of deltaE was 4.38, the average – 1.3.
If you read a lot from the screen, it makes sense to activate the appropriate mode, in which the amount of blue light decreases. Which reduces eye fatigue.
In our tests, the Eizo FlexScan EV2780 proved to be a modern office display, although the difference with the EV2750 is not so significant.
The case of the Eizo monitor is of high quality, the design can be called modern and industrial. The manufacturer has installed an edge-to-edge panel with narrow frames 1 mm wide, which makes the 27-inch desktop monitor not much larger than the old 24-inch model. After turning on the actual frame is already 6 mm, which is still a bit. So the monitor can be comfortably used in a multi-display configuration. The touch buttons proved to be good in practice, they reacted sensitively to touch. The on-screen menu is well structured, the user will receive a wide range of functions.
Eizo has equipped the monitor with an abundance of ergonomic adjustment functions. In particular, I was pleased with the range of mechanical adjustments. The panel can be lowered almost to the level of the countertop, and also to deflect from the user by an angle of up to 35 °. To work with documents, it can also be useful to translate in a panel into portrait mode. In addition, a 27-inch monitor can reduce the cost of electricity. On the one hand, for such a diagonal you get a very moderate level of energy consumption. On the other hand, the Japanese manufacturer added several sensors. The monitor determines when the user is in front of the screen, and also automatically adjusts the brightness depending on the lighting of the room. The last function allows Eizo FlexScan EV2780 to always output exactly the brightness that is required.
Quite interesting was the interface panel, since it is there that the main innovations lie in comparison with the EV2750. Eizo refused the DVI input and installed the USB Type C jack. It can be used both for classical data transfer to the ports of the USB hub, and for transferring pictures and charging the laptop (maximum 30 W). So the 27-inch monitor theoretically turns into a docking station. Although for this scenario, of course, I would like more interfaces on the monitor itself. Also somewhat disappointing is the drop in brightness when charging a notebook with a power of up to 30 watts.
This step results in a noticeable drop in the brightness of the panel. In normal mode, we get more than enough brightness, but in case of charging the notebook the reserve for brightness of Eizo FlexScan EV2780 is no more. The IPS panel, used by Eizo, gives excellent picture quality, this also applies to the contrast, and the uniformity of the backlight, and color rendering.
Eizo FlexScan EV2780 offers many functions that allow to call the monitor ideal for the office. But to make it an ideal docking station, more interfaces will not interfere. Yes, and a limitation on the brightness would not hurt to remove. In addition, the price of a 27-inch monitor “bites.”