Monitors for CAD

21 Mar, 2013 By: Curt Moreno

Cadalyst Labs Report: Before you make your next monitor purchase, learn how to choose options that will meet your needs and take a look at six current models that we put through their paces in Cadalyst Labs.

EIZO FlexScan EV2436W
24" LED-backlit LCD monitor
Overall Grade: A-
Pros: High performance, great design, generous vertical adjustment, flicker-free dimming, outstanding warranty.
Cons: No HDMI port, high price.
Price: $549.99
EIZO | 800.800.5202 x145

The 24" EIZO FlexScan EV2436W features antiflicker technology and a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200.
The 24" EIZO FlexScan EV2436W features antiflicker technology and a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200.


Upon being introduced to the EIZO FlexScan EV2436W, I was pleased to discover a surprisingly sturdy, stable monitor with subtle styling that I found quite attractive.

Resolution. The FlexScan EV2436W sports an LED-backlit IPS panel with a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 at a 16:10 aspect ratio. The LED backlight not only provides a bright image at 300 cd/m2, it incorporates EIZO's proprietary technology to remove annoying flickers from dimmed displays. For someone who suffers eye fatigue from this very issue, this is a welcome feature. Even in dimmed mode, the unit displays a nice image due to its 1,000:1 static contrast ratio and 6-ms response time.

Ports and plugs. Video connection ports are built into the back of the FlexScan EV2436W, facing downward, and include VGA, DVI-D, and DisplayPort. Additionally, two USB 2.0 ports and a USB upstream port are side-mounted on the left side of the unit, out of view. There you can also find 3.5-mm audio input and headphone output jacks.

Design and adjustability. The stand and pedestal echo the monitor's subtle industrial design. The base of the monitor is round and the stand incorporates soft curves and planed faces. The effect is appealing, and the design is very stable. Vertical adjustment is smooth and effortless and takes the display from nearly desk height up 7.67" (195 mm). Although the IPS display panel allows for 178 degrees of viewing angle, you really don't need it because the FlexScan EV2436W can swivel 344 degrees. Cables remain connected and secure thanks to an easy-to-access cable-management door on the stand.

Warranty. EIZO's warranty is another standout feature of the FlexScan EV2436W, with five-year coverage of parts, labor, and backlight. The model is currently available through EIZO's preferred reseller channel for $549.99. That's on the more expensive end of the monitor price scale, but I think the styling, performance, and warranty put this unit (which is also available with a 23" or 27" display) high on the must-have list.

Due to the price, this monitor missed a Highly Recommended grade by just a smidgen, unfortunately, as it was one of my favorite models in this roundup.

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