Eizo FlexScan EV2450
Simon Baker, 12 December 2014


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There's been quite a trend recently in ultra-slim bezel designs, attracting interest from users looking for a sleek and stylish screen, particularly when they are using multi-monitor setups. We reviewed Dell's 23.8" U2414H display back at the beginning of the year and were impressed by it's great all-round performance and feature set. Eizo have now released their equivalent model, the EV2450. Like the Dell, it offers an ultra-thin bezel design along with a very similar IPS panel, and a nice set of extras and features with a focus on user comfort and energy saving. We will see how their screen performs in our tests and make some comparisons with the Dell U2414H as we go.

It should be noted that Eizo also have an EV2455 model (review coming soon) which is a 16:10 format version of this display with similar specs and features, rivalling Dell's U2415 model.

Eizo's website states: "The monitor features a new “Fusion” design that combines Eizo's own EcoView technologies for reduced power consumption and improved visual ergonomics inside an extremely compact cabinet."

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Eizo EV2450 Now Available

Specifications and Features

The following table gives detailed information about the specs of the screen:

Monitor Specifications


23.8"WS (60.47 cm)

Panel Coating

Light AG coating

Aspect Ratio



D-sub, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort


1920 x 1080

Pixel Pitch

0.2745 mm

Design colour

All matte black design

Response Time

5ms G2G


Tilt, 140mm height, swivel and rotate

Static Contrast Ratio


Dynamic Contrast Ratio


VESA Compatible

Yes 100mm




Power, USB and DisplayPort cables

Viewing Angles

178 / 178

Panel Technology

LG.Display AH-IPS


net with stand: 6.2Kg

Backlight Technology


Physical Dimensions

(WxHxD with stand max height)
537.6 x 333.5 - 473.5 x 233.0 mm

Colour Depth

16.7m (6-bit+FRC)

Refresh Rate


Special Features

2x USB 3.0 ports, audio input, headphone port, 2x 1W stereo speakers, Auto EcoView ambient light sensor, EcoView Sense human motion sensor

Colour Gamut

Standard gamut
~sRGB, 72% NTSC

The Eizo EV2450 offers a good range of connectivity options with D-sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort all provided. This should be fine for nearly all users.

The screen has an integrated power supply and so it only needs a standard kettle lead which is provided in the box. There is a built-in 2 port USB 3.0 hub as well on this model with both ports (and an additional upstream port) located on the left hand side of the back section for easier access (see photos in following section). The ports are the latest USB 3.0 generation which is good. There are also a few other extras including integrated 2x 1W stereo speakers, an audio input connection, headphone jack and Eizo's two EcoView features (ambient light and human motion sensors).

Below is a summary of the features and connections of the screen:


Yes / No


Yes / No

Tilt adjust


Height adjust


Swivel adjust


Rotate adjust


VESA compliant


USB 2.0 Ports


USB 3.0 Ports

Audio connection

Card Reader

HDCP Support

Ambient Light Sensor

MHL Support

Human Motion Sensor

Integrated Speakers

Touch Screen

PiP / PbP

Hardware calibration

Blur Reduction Mode

Uniformity correction


Design and Ergonomics

Above: front and back views of the screen. Click for larger versions

The EV2450 comes in an all-black design. Matte plastics are used for the bezel, stand and base. The bezel is only 1mm thin along the sides and top of the screen so is ultra-thin. There is also then an additional 4.3m black border to the panel itself so the total edge of the screen measures 5.3mm. The bottom bezel measures ~13mm. The screen looks sleek and attractive thanks to this thin bezel design. There is a small Eizo logo in the bottom left hand corner, but no model designation to be seen.

The back of the screen is again a matte black plastic finish. There is a useful carry handle at the top of the stand attachment.

Above: view of the circular base of the stand. Click for larger version

The base of the stand is circular and again a matte black plastic. It provides a sturdy base for the screen and it does not wobble much at all which is pleasing.

Above: cable tidy on the back of the stand. Click for larger version

On the back of the stand is a cable tidy clip as shown above.


The stand offers a full range of ergonomic adjustments as listed above.

Above: full tilt adjustment range shown. Click for larger versions

The tilt adjustment is actually operated by a hinge in the arm itself as you can see above. As a result of this, it is very stiff to move and you really do need to grab the screen by both hands near the top and push backwards. It's not as easy to tilt as some other stands we've seen in the past which is a shame. The range of adjustment is excellent though as you can see.

Above: full height adjustment range shown. Click for larger versions

The height adjustment is a bit easier to move, but not much. It's still pretty stiff to operate but again provides a decent range of adjustment (140mm total). At the lowest setting the bottom edge of the screen basically touches the base of the stand, leaving it ~15mm from the edge of the desk. At it's maximum adjustment range it is ~155mm from the edge of the desk. When it is at its lowest, you can actually see the top of the stand behind the screen as shown in the first photo above.

Side to side swivel is much easier and smoother to use thankfully and offers a very wide range of movement. Rotation is also provided to switch into portrait mode if you want, which is reasonably smooth but a little stiff again to use.

A summary of the screens ergonomic adjustments is shown below:




Ease of Use


-5 to 35°


Very stiff




Quite stiff










Very good range of adjustments although some are stiff, particularly tilt

The materials were of a good standard and the build quality felt good as well. There was no audible noise from the screen, even when conducting specific tests which can often identify buzzing issues. The whole screen remained very cool even during prolonged use as well which was pleasing.

Above: interface connections on back of the screen

Above: USB interfaces and audio connections on the left hand back of the screen. Click for larger version

The back of the screen features the 4 video connections as shown above. There is also a normal kettle lead power socket and an on/off switch on the back. The left hand edge of the back section of the screen (as viewed from the front) features 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB upstream port and the audio in/out connections as shown above. These are pretty easy to access and it's nice to see them included on the side part on the back.


OSD Menu

Above: views of OSD operational buttons on the bottom right hand edge of the screen

The OSD menu is controlled through a series of 6 touch-sensitive buttons located on the front edge of the lower bezel. They are marked by 6 small vertical grey strips, but they do not light up. There is also a touch-sensitive power on/off button located to the right of these as shown in the photo above and next to that is the power LED. This glows white during normal operation and amber in standby. You will notice on the left hand edge there is the human motion sensor and ambient light sensor as well.

Pressing any of the buttons brings up the quick access menu shown above, with each option aligned above the relevant button on the bottom of the screen display.

The input selection allows you to quickly switch between the 4 interfaces. The 'mode' menu gives you quick access to the preset mode menu.

The sound and brightness quick launch options are shown above and pop up a small scrolling bar for you to make quick and easy adjustments.

The 'ECO' menu contains all the Eco saving options including the Auto EcoView ambient light sensor and EcoView Sense human motion sensor. These are not listed within the main OSD so you need to access them via the quick launch if you want to turn them on or off.

The main OSD menu is accessed using the 'menu' option. Initially you are presented with 5 sections as shown above.

The first 'Color' section contains most of the options you will probably want to play with. You can change the preset mode, brightness, contrast, colour temperature and gamma modes here. There is a further 'advanced settings' sub-section which we will talk about below.

The 'advanced settings' sub-section contains the option for the pixel response time / overdrive setting as well as allowing you to adjust the RGB channels if you need to for calibration.

The signal menu contains a few options related to the video input. There are options for hardware aspect ratio control here, with 'full screen', 'aspect ratio' and 'dot by dot' (1:1 pixel mapping) options available.

The preferences section allows you to control a few things relating to the menu itself and also the power LED.

The languages and information sections are shown above.

All in all the menu navigation was quick and easy, and the software seemed responsive. It was pretty intuitive as well, although the software maybe looked a little dated and simplistic. There are enough options to play so no real complaints here.

Power Consumption

In terms of power consumption the manufacturer lists 12W typical usage, 47W maximum usage and <0.3W in standby. We carried out our normal tests to establish its power consumption ourselves.

State and Brightness Setting

Manufacturer Spec (W)

Measured Power Usage (W)

Factory Default (100%)



Calibrated (42%)



Maximum Brightness (100%)



Minimum Brightness (0%)






We tested this ourselves and found that out of the box the screen used 21.6W at the default 100% brightness setting. This was once the ambient light sensor feature had been disabled. Maximum usage specified would presumably be with USB connected etc as well. Once calibrated the screen reached 12.0 W consumption, and in standby it used only 0.6W. We have plotted these results below compared with other screens we have tested:

Panel and Backlighting

Panel Manufacturer


Colour Palette

16.7 million

Panel Technology


Colour Depth

6-bit +  FRC

Panel Module


Colour space

Standard gamut

Backlighting Type


Colour space coverage (%)

~sRGB, 72% NTSC

Panel Part and Colour Depth

The Eizo EV2450 utilises an LG.Display LM238WF2-SSC1 AH-IPS panel which is capable of producing 16.7 million colours. This is achieved with a 6-bit colour depth and an additional Frame Rate Control (FRC) stage (6-bit + FRC) as opposed to a true 8-bit panel. This is a measure commonly taken on modern IPS panels, and the FRC algorithm is very well implemented to the point that you'd be very hard pressed to tell any difference in practice compared with an 8-bit panel. This panel is a slightly different revision to that used in the Dell U2414H (LM238WF2-SSA1).


The screen coating on the EV2450 is much like that featured on other recent IPS screens and the same as that on the Dell U2414H. It is a normal anti-glare (AG) offering as opposed to any kind of glossy coating. However, this is contrary to a lot of other older IPS based screens which usually feature a grainy and aggressive solution. Instead it is a light AG coating which retains its anti-glare properties to avoid unwanted reflections, but does not produce an overly grainy or dirty image. It's not a full semi-glossy appearance like some screens but it is nice and light. There was no sign of any cross-hatching patterns on the coating.

Backlight Type and Colour Gamut

The screen uses a White-LED (W-LED) backlight unit which has become very popular in today's market. This helps reduce power consumption compared with older CCFL backlight units and brings about some environmental benefits as well. The W-LED unit offers a standard colour gamut which is approximately equal to the sRGB colour space, and equating to ~72% NTSC. Anyone wanting to work with wider colour spaces would need to consider wide gamut CCFL screens, or perhaps the new range of GB-r-LED displays available.

Backlight Dimming and Flicker

We tested the screen to establish the methods used to control backlight dimming. Our in depth article talks in more details about a common method used for this which is called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). This in itself gives cause for concern to some users who have experienced eye strain, headaches and other symptoms as a result of the flickering backlight caused by this technology. We use a photosensor +  oscilloscope system to measure backlight dimming control with a high level of accuracy and ease. These tests allow us to establish

1) Whether PWM is being used to control the backlight
2) The frequency and other characteristics at which this operates, if it is used
3) Whether a flicker may be introduced or potentially noticeable at certain settings

If PWM is used for backlight dimming, the higher the frequency, the less likely you are to see artefacts and flicker. The duty cycle (the time for which the backlight is on) is also important and the shorter the duty cycle, the more potential there is that you may see flicker. The other factor which can influence flicker is the amplitude of the PWM, measuring the difference in brightness output between the 'on' and 'off' states. Please remember that not every user would notice a flicker from a backlight using PWM, but it is something to be wary of. It is also a hard thing to quantify as it is very subjective when talking about whether a user may or may not experience the side effects.



Above scale = 1 horizontal grid = 1ms

10% Zoomed

Above scale = 1 horizontal grid = 0.25ms

At 100% brightness a constant voltage is applied to the backlight as you would expect. As you reduce the brightness setting a Direct Current (DC) method is used for backlight dimming between settings of 100 and 20. From 20 downwards there is a very high frequency oscillation introduced, but it is not a full amplitude PWM on/off switching. This oscillation is of such a high frequency (18,000Hz) and such a low amplitude that it is unlikely to introduce issues for most users. Eizo refer to this backlight dimming technique as their "hybrid" system, although we were pleased that for brightness of 20 and below it was not the usual full PWM switching as we've seen on other EV models in the past.

Pulse Width Modulation Used


Cycling Frequency

100 - 20% = n/a

20 - 0% = 18,000Hz low amplitude oscillation only

Possible Flicker at


100% Brightness


50% Brightness


20% Brightness


19% Brightness


0% Brightness


For an up to date list of all flicker-free (PWM free) monitors please see our Flicker Free Monitor Database.


Contrast Stability and Brightness

We wanted to see how much variance there was in the screens contrast as we adjusted the monitor setting for brightness. In theory, brightness and contrast are two independent parameters, and good contrast is a requirement regardless of the brightness adjustment. Unfortunately, such is not always the case in practice. We recorded the screens luminance and black depth at various OSD brightness settings, and calculated the contrast ratio from there. Graphics card settings were left at default with no ICC profile or calibration active. Tests were made using an X-rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter. It should be noted that we used the BasICColor calibration software here to record these, and so luminance at default settings may vary a little from the LaCie Blue Eye Pro report.

OSD Brightness


Black Point (cd/m2)

Contrast Ratio
( x:1)














































Total Luminance Adjustment Range (cd/m2)


Brightness OSD setting controls backlight?

Total Black Point Adjustment Range (cd/m2)


Average Static Contrast Ratio


PWM Free? 


Recommended OSD setting for 120 cd/m2


The brightness control gave us a very good range of adjustment. At the top end the maximum luminance reached 250.4 cd/m2 which was spot on to the specified maximum brightness of 250 cd/m2 by the manufacturer. There was a 249.87 cd/m2 adjustment range in total, and so at the minimum setting you could reach down to an incredibly low luminance of 0.53 cd/m2. We're not sure why it can go all this low as it's not really usable at that brightness, but basically Eizo have allowed a full range of the backlight here from on to off pretty much. This should be more than adequate for those wanting to work in darkened room conditions with low ambient light. A setting of ~43 in the OSD menu should return you a luminance of around 120 cd/m2 at default settings.

We have plotted the luminance trend on the graph above. The screen behaves as it should in this regard, with a reduction in the luminance output of the screen controlled by the reduction in the OSD brightness setting. This was pretty much a linear relationship as you can see from the shape of the graph, with an ever so slightly steeper curve from 20 - 0 where the backlight oscillation kicks in. It should be noted also that the brightness regulation is controlled by a Direct Current (DC) method instead of using Pulse Width Modulation for settings between 100 and 20. From 20 and below a very low amplitude, and very high frequency oscillation is introduced which should not cause any problems for most users. You can reach down to a luminance of around 60 cd/m2 anyway before you even need to enter the zone where the oscillation is present.

The average contrast ratio of the screen was 1066:1 and it remained reasonably stable across the brightness adjustment range as shown above.

Testing Methodology

An important thing to consider for most users is how a screen will perform out of the box and with some basic manual adjustments. Since most users won't have access to hardware colorimeter tools, it is important to understand how the screen is going to perform in terms of colour accuracy for the average user.

I restored my graphics card to default settings and disabled any previously active ICC profiles and gamma corrections. The screen was tested at default factory settings using the DVI interface, and analysed using an X-rite i1 Pro Spectrophotometer (not to be confused with the i1 Display Pro colorimeter) combined with LaCie's Blue Eye Pro software suite. An X-rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter was also used to verify the black point and contrast ratio since the i1 Pro spectrophotometer is less reliable at the darker end.

Targets for these tests are as follows:

  • CIE Diagram - validates the colour space covered by the monitors backlighting in a 2D view, with the black triangle representing the displays gamut, and other reference colour spaces shown for comparison

  • Gamma - we aim for 2.2 which is the default for computer monitors

  • Colour temperature / white point - we aim for 6500k which is the temperature of daylight

  • Luminance - we aim for 120 cd/m2, which is the recommended luminance for LCD monitors in normal lighting conditions

  • Black depth - we aim for as low as possible to maximise shadow detail and to offer us the best contrast ratio

  • Contrast ratio - we aim for as high as possible. Any dynamic contrast ratio controls are turned off here if present

  • dE average / maximum - as low as possible. If DeltaE >3, the color displayed is significantly different from the theoretical one, meaning that the difference will be perceptible to the viewer. If DeltaE <2, LaCie considers the calibration a success; there remains a slight difference, but it is barely undetectable. If DeltaE < 1, the color fidelity is excellent.

Default Performance and Setup

Default settings of the screen were as follows. It should be noted that we disabled all EcoView settings where brightness of the screen is controlled based on ambient lighting conditions.

Monitor OSD Option

Default Settings





Preset mode

User 1


100, 97, 97

Color Temperature




Eizo EV2450 - Default Factory Settings




Default Settings

luminance (cd/m2)


Black Point (cd/m2)


Contrast Ratio



Out of the box the screen looked good to the naked eye. Colours felt even and well balanced, and the only thing which felt off was the very bright backlight as brightness was maxed out at 100. We went ahead and measured the default state with the i1 Pro.



The CIE diagram on the left of the image confirms that the monitors colour gamut (black triangle) matches the sRGB colour space very well, with some slight over-coverage in blue shades and some slight under-coverage in greens. Default gamma was recorded at 2.2 average, leaving it with a very minor 1% deviance from the target of 2.2. White point was measured at 6357k leaving it a small 2% out from our target of 6500k which was very pleasing.


Luminance was recorded at a bright 262 cd/m2 which is too high for prolonged general use. The screen was set at a default 100% brightness once you disabled the EcoView modes in the OSD menu but that is easy to change of course to reach a more comfortable setting. The black depth was 0.25 cd/m2 at this default brightness setting, giving us a very good (for an IPS panel) static contrast ratio of 1066:1. Colour accuracy was excellent too out of the box with a default dE of 1.5, and maximum of 2.5. Testing the screen with various gradients showed smooth transitions with no sign of any banding thankfully. There was some very slight gradation evident in darker tones as you will see from most monitors and if you looked very closely you could pick out some twinkling from the Frame Rate Control. Not something you'd see in normal use though at all. Overall the default setup was excellent and we were impressed.





We used the X-rite i1 Pro spectrophotometer combined with the LaCie Blue Eye Pro software package to achieve these results and reports. An X-rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter was used to validate the black depth and contrast ratios due to lower end limitations of the i1 Pro device.



Monitor OSD Option

Calibrated Settings





Preset mode

User 1


100, 97, 98

Color Temperature




Eizo EV2450 - Calibrated Settings



Calibrated Settings

luminance (cd/m2)


Black Point (cd/m2)


Contrast Ratio



We stuck with the 'user1' preset mode in the OSD menu which allowed us access to the individual RGB channels. Adjustments were made during the process to the RGB channels as shown in the table above as well as the brightness control. This allowed us to obtain an optimum hardware starting point and setup before software level changes would be made at the graphics card level. We left the  LaCie software to calibrate to "max" brightness which would just retain the luminance of whatever brightness we'd set the screen to, and would not in any way try and alter the luminance at the graphics card level, which can reduce contrast ratio. These adjustments before profiling the screen would help preserve tonal values and limit banding issues. After this we let the software carry out the LUT adjustments and create an ICC profile.



Average gamma had been corrected to 2.2 average, correcting the minor 1% deviance we'd found out of the box which was good. The white point was also corrected to 6509k, correcting the minor 2% deviance we'd seen before as well. Luminance had also been improved thanks to the adjustment to the brightness control and was now being measured at 120 cd/m2. This left us a black depth of 0.11 cd/m2 and an excellent (for an IPS panel) static contrast ratio of 1071:1. Colour accuracy had been corrected nicely also, with dE average of 0.4 and maximum of 0.7. Although to be honest it was very good out of the box anyway. LaCie would consider colour fidelity to be excellent.


Testing the screen with various colour gradients showed smooth transitions. There was some very slight gradation in darker tones but no banding was introduced which can often happen where adjustments are made to the graphics card LUT from the profilation of the screen. You can use our settings and try our calibrated ICC profile if you wish, which are available in our ICC profile database. Keep in mind that results will vary from one screen to another and from one computer / graphics card to another.



Calibration Performance Comparisons


The comparisons made in this section try to give you a better view of how each screen performs, particularly out of the box which is what is going to matter to most consumers. When comparing the default factory settings for each monitor it is important to take into account several measurement areas - gamma, white point and colour accuracy. There's no point having a low dE colour accuracy figure if the gamma curve is way off for instance. A good factory calibration requires all 3 to be well set up. We have deliberately not included luminance in this comparison since this is normally far too high by default on every screen. However, that is very easily controlled through the brightness setting (on most screens) and should not impact the other areas being measured anyway. It is easy enough to obtain a suitable luminance for your working conditions and individual preferences, but a reliable factory setup in gamma, white point and colour accuracy is important and not as easy to change accurately without a calibration tool.


From these comparisons we can also compare the calibrated colour accuracy, black depth and contrast ratio. After a calibration the gamma, white point and luminance should all be at their desired targets.



Default setup of the screen was excellent overall, and should be perfectly fine for most users. There was only a very minor deviance in the desired gamma and white point, with a 1% and 2% error respectively which was very good. Colour accuracy was very good as well at 1.5 average dE. We can compare the EV2450 to its most logical competitor, the Dell U2414H here. The Eizo had a slightly more accurate gamma by default and slightly better colour accuracy. It also had a slightly better contrast ratio at 1066:1 out of the box vs. 908:1 from the Dell.




The panel did well in terms of black depth and contrast ratio for an IPS matrix, with a calibrated contrast ratio of 1071:1 measured. This couldn't compete with some of the AMVA based screens we've tested which could reach up to 2000 - 3000:1 static contrast ratios easily. Some, like the Eizo Foris FG2421's MVA panel reached even higher up to 4845:1. For an IPS panel it was actually the best we have tested, out-performing some of the other strong IPS panel contrast ratios like the Dell P2414H (1010:1) and Eizo EV2436W (1066:1) for instance slightly.


Viewing Angles

Above: Viewing angles shown from front and side, and  from above and below. Click for larger image

Viewing angles of the EV2450 were very good as you would expect from an IPS panel. Horizontally there was very little colour tone shift until wide angles past about 45°. A slight darkening of the image occurred horizontally from wider angles as you can see above as the contrast shifted slighting. Contrast shifts were slightly more noticeable in the vertical field but overall they were very good. The screen offered the wide viewing angles of IPS technology and was free from the restrictive fields of view of TN Film panels, especially in the vertical plane. It was also free of the off-centre contrast shift you see from VA panels and a lot of the quite obvious gamma and colour tone shift you see from some of the modern AMVA and PVA offerings. All as expected really from a modern IPS panel.

Above: View of an all black screen from the side. Click for larger version

On a black image there was a slight white glow from an angle which can be problematic on some IPS panels. If you are working in darkened room conditions and with dark content on the screen this may prove difficult. As you change your line of sight the white, silvery glow appears across the panel. This wasn't actually too bad at all on this screen, much like we'd seen from the similar Dell U2414H as well in fact, and in normal lighting conditions didn't seem to be a problem at all. The "IPS glow" was quite minimal here which was pleasing. We'd like to refer to these as "Low Glow" IPS panels.

Panel Uniformity

We wanted to test here how uniform the brightness was across the screen, as well as identify any leakage from the backlight in dark lighting conditions. Measurements of the luminance  were taken at 35 points across the panel on a pure white background. The measurements were taken using BasICColor's calibration software package, combined with an X-rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter with a central point on the screen calibrated to 120 cd/m2. The below uniformity diagram shows the difference, as a percentage, between the measurement recorded at each point on the screen, as compared with the central reference point.

It is worth noting that panel uniformity can vary from one screen to another, and can depend on manufacturing lines, screen transport and other local factors. This is only a guide of the uniformity of the sample screen we have for review.

Uniformity of Luminance

The luminance uniformity of the screen was very reasonable overall. The left hand side of the screen was darker than the right hand side, dropping down to around 98 cd/m2 in the worst case along the lower left hand edge (-22.45%). Around 77% of the screen was within a 10% deviance from the centrally calibrated 120 cd/m2 which was not too bad.

Backlight Leakage

Above: All black screen in a darkened room. Click for larger version

As usual we also tested the screen with an all black image and in a darkened room. A camera was used to capture the result. Three was some slight clouding in the bottom left and top right hand corners of the screen but nothing too severe, and certainly nothing you could spot during normal uses day to day.


General and Office Applications

The 1920 x 1080 resolution and 23.8" screen size give a nice decent area in which to work and the vertical resolution is a little less than the range of 16:10 aspect 24" models (1920 x 1200) out there in the market. A lot of people prefer that extra vertical area and it is useful for office applications we think as well. You may want to consider the fact that high resolution 27" 2560 x 1440 models are becoming increasingly available and so the difference in desktop size is certainly noticeable coming from a 27" screen like that. Nevertheless, the 23.8" 1920 x 1080 resolution should be adequate for many users. The screen offered a comfortable 0.2745mm pixel pitch which delivered easy to read text at a nice size, in our opinion. It is slightly smaller than 24" screens with the same resolution of course, since the screen size here is slightly less at 23.8" diagonal. We're not really sure why this has become a new size class to be honest, but presumably there must be manufacturing cost benefits for the panel manufacturers to make them ever so slightly smaller. The resolution is big enough for side by side split screen working as well in many cases although we do find that nowadays a lot of web content needs more than half a screen (i.e. wider than 960 pixels).

The ultra-thin bezel design is ideal for multi screen setups with a very small plastic border around the edge of the screen. You do need to account for the black panel border as well of course, but nevertheless the edges are very thin here and one of the key selling points.

The light AG coating of the new style AH-IPS panel is certainly welcome, and a very positive change from the older grainy and 'dirty' appearance of older IPS AG coatings. The wide viewing angles provided by the IPS panel technology on both horizontal and vertical planes, helps minimize on-screen colour shift when viewed from different angles. The default setup of the screen was very good in all areas, with only brightness needing to be turned down to something more comfortable (which doesn't affect other aspects of the setup). The contrast ratio was excellent out of the box for an IPS panel at 1066:1 which was pleasing. After calibration we had improved contrast ratio slightly more to 1071:1.

The brightness range of the screen was also very good, with the ability to offer a luminance between 250 and 0.5 cd/m2. This should mean the screen is perfectly useable in a wide variety of ambient light conditions, including darkened rooms. A setting of ~43 in the OSD brightness control should return you a luminance close to 120 cd/m2 out of the box. On another positive note, the brightness regulation is controlled without the need for the use of the now infamous Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM), for settings between 100 and 20. From 20 and below a very low amplitude and high frequency oscillation is introduced which is unlikely to cause many issues at all. You can reach a nice low luminance of around 60 cd/m2 anyway before you even need to drop brightness below 20. Those  who suffer from eye fatigue or headaches associated with flickering backlights need not worry.

There was no audible noise or buzzing from the screen, even when specifically looking for it using test images with a large amount of text at once. The screen also remains cool even during prolonged use. There is a 'paper' preset mode available from the menu which may be useful if you want to set up the screen for different uses perhaps and made the image far more yellow.

The screen offers 2x USB 3.0 ports which can be useful and it was nice to keep this up to date with the modern version. There are also some further extras including a useful ambient light sensor and human motion sensor. These are particularly useful in office environments and nice features we felt. The motion sensor is handy to switch the screen on and off when it detects you have left your desk, and the ambient light sensor can help you achieve comfortable brightness levels for varying ambient light conditions. The Dell U2414H didn't have these features so this was certainly a win for the Eizo model.

There are also some basic 2x 1W stereo speakers and associated audio input/output connections which might be useful to some people. They aren't up to much when it comes to gaming or movies, but should be fine for the odd mp3 or video clip. There was a decent range of ergonomic adjustments available from the stand allowing you to obtain a comfortable position for a wide variety of angles. The tilt function was pretty stiff and hard to operate though so could have been better. The VESA mounting support may also be useful to some people as well.

Above: photo of text at 1920 x 1080 (top) and 1600 x 900 (bottom)

The screen is designed to run at its native resolution of 1920 x 1080 and at a 60Hz recommended refresh rate. However, if you want you are able to run the screen outside of this resolution. We tested the screen at a lower 1600 x 900 resolution to see how the screen handles the interpolation of the resolution, while maintaining the same aspect ratio of 16:9. At native resolution the text was very sharp as you can see from the top photograph. When you switch to a lower resolution the text is larger of course but still pretty clear, with low levels of blurring introduced. The screen seems to interpolate the image quite well although you of course lose a lot of desktop real-estate running at a lower resolution.

Responsiveness and Gaming

Quoted G2G Response Time

5ms G2G

Quoted ISO Response Time


Panel Manufacturer and Technology

LG.Display AH-IPS

Panel Part


Overdrive Used


Overdrive Control Available to User


Overdrive Settings

Off, Standard, Enhanced

The EV2450 is rated by Eizo as having a 5 ms G2G response time and the panel uses overdrive / response time compensation (RTC) technology to boost pixel transitions across grey to grey changes. There is a user control over the overdrive impulse within the OSD menu in the advanced setting section of the 'color' menu, with options for off, standard and enhanced available to choose from. The part being used is the LG.Display LM238WF2-SSC1 AH-IPS panel. Have a read about response time in our specs section if you need additional information about this measurement.

We will first test the screen using our thorough response time testing method. This uses an oscilloscope and photosensor to measure the pixel response times across a series of 20 different transitions, in the full range from 0 (black) to 255 (white). This will give us a realistic view of how the monitor performs in real life, as opposed to being reliant only on a manufacturers spec. We can work out the response times for changing between many different shades, calculate the maximum, minimum and average grey to grey (G2G) response times, and provide an evaluation of any overshoot present on the monitor.

We use an ETC M526 oscilloscope for these measurements along with a custom photosensor device. Have a read of our response time measurement article for a full explanation of the testing methodology and reported data.


Response Time Setting Comparison (Overdrive option)

The EV2450 comes with a user control for the overdrive impulse available within the OSD menu in the advanced settings section of the 'color' menu as shown above. There are three options under the 'Overdrive' setting. First of all we carried out a smaller sample set of measurements in all three of the settings. These, along with various motion tests allowed us to quickly identify which was the optimum setting for this screen.

With the overdrive setting turned off, the pixel transitions were very slow overall. There was an average 15.2ms G2G response time measured which was slow and lead to noticeable blurring and ghosting of moving images. With overdrive turned off there was at least no overshoot at all here.

Pushing the overdrive setting up to 'Standard' brought about some obvious improvements. Response times were much better although a little slow in some transitions. The average G2G response time was now 10.2ms which was much better, although a little slower than some of the fastest IPS-type panels we've tested so far. There was very little overshoot introduced as well which was positive news. This is certainly a better setting to use than overdrive 'off'.

With overdrive pushed up to the maximum setting of 'enhanced' the response times were improved again, this time an average of 7.6ms G2G was recorded. This would be very good for an IPS panel, had it not been for the massive amounts of overshoot introduced as a result. This lead to noticeable trailing and halos in moving images and so this mode should be avoided. Incidentally not even this mode lived up to the specified 5ms G2G response time which just goes to show you can't really trust some specs.

Transition: 0-50-0 (scale = 20ms)

As an example, the 0-50-0 transition is shown above where you can see a huge overshoot (74.5%) on the rise time.

If we also carry out some subjective assessment of the screen during gaming and with the use of the PixPerAn moving car tests, we can also see the differences between each overdrive mode easily enough with the naked eye. With overdrive Off there was a noticeable blur to the moving image as response times were slow. As you switch up to the 'Standard' setting the blur is reduced nicely and the moving object becomes much sharper and clearer. There is still some blurring noticeable but no sign of any overshoot at all. When you switch up to the 'Enhanced' overdrive mode the blurring is reduced a little more, but you can pick out some obvious overshoot in the test images, with both dark and light halos introduced to a very noticeable degree. This confirms the 'standard' mode is optimum on this screen.

More Detailed Measurements - Overdrive Standard

Having established that the overdrive 'standard' mode seemed to offer the best response/overshoot balance we carried out our normal wider range of measurements as shown below:

The average G2G response time was now more accurately measured at 9.9ms. Fall times were on average slightly faster (9.3ms) than rise times (10.4ms) but overall the panel showed pretty consistent transitions times across the range. This was reasonable for an IPS panel really.

If we evaluate the Response Time Compensation (RTC) overshoot then the results are pleasing and there is very little to be seen. A couple of the measured transitions showed a some low levels of overshoot, mostly when changing between two very similar shades, more so if that transitions was getting slightly darker. The 6.6 - 10.0% overshoot was apparent in a couple of cases only. Overall this was a pleasing result from the EV2450 and showed that this overdrive setting was not being too aggressive with the overdrive impulse.

Display Comparisons

The above comparison table and graph shows you the lowest, average and highest G2G response time measurement for a selection of screens we have tested with our oscilloscope system. There is also a colour coded mark next to each screen in the table to indicate the RTC overshoot error, as the response time figure alone doesn't tell the whole story.

The response time performance of the EV2450 using the 'standard' overdrive setting was pretty good overall for an IPS-type panel, although not great. With an average G2G response time of 9.9 ms measured, it was a little behind the fastest IPS models (where a massive amount of overshoot was not introduced) like the Dell U2415 (8.6ms) and U2414H (8.9ms). Those models are our reference point and represent about as good as you can get from modern IPS response times without introducing a significant amount of overshoot. The EV2450 was at least free from any noticeable overshoot, but we would have perhaps even traded some low levels of RTC error for a slightly boosted response time. The 'enhanced' overdrive setting pushed things a bit too far though, so somewhere in the middle would have been useful. Some IPS-type models can reach lower response times, like the Dell U2713H for instance (7.2ms) but not without the cost of very high overshoot. Modern TN Film panels are still much faster, reaching down to 2.9ms for instance in the example of the new Asus ROG Swift PG278Q (with moderate overshoot).


The screen was also tested using the chase test in PixPerAn for the following display comparisons. As a reminder, a series of pictures are taken on the highest shutter speed and compared, with the best case example shown on the left, and worst case example on the right. This should only be used as a rough guide to comparative responsiveness but is handy for a comparison between different screens and technologies as well as a means to compare those screens we tested before the introduction of our oscilloscope method.

23.8" 5ms G2G LG.Display AH-IPS (Overdrive = Standard)

In practice the Eizo EV2450 showed pretty low levels of motion blur, and no obvious ghosting. There was some some slight trailing in the best case images as you can see above but overall the movement felt quite good. There was no sign of any overshoot artefacts either which was pleasing. Of course you do need to keep in mind this is an IPS panel, and so does not feel as snappy as a fast TN Film panel, and cannot offer the response time of that panel technology either. Other limiting factors also come into play including the refresh rate (limited to 60Hz here) and motion blur as a result of eye-tracking and the way LCD monitors operate. For an IPS panel at 60Hz it is a decent result though.

23.8" 5ms G2G LG.Display AH-IPS (Overdrive = Standard)

23.8" 8ms G2G LG.Display AH-IPS

23.8" 8ms G2G LG.Display AH-IPS

24" 8ms G2G LG.Display AH-IPS (Response Time = Normal)

We have provided a comparison of the EV2450 first of all against a few recent Dell screens we have tested, including the very similar U2414H model. In practice the EV2450 performed very similarly to these 3 Dell models. We know from our oscilloscope measurements that the EV2450 is slightly slower by around 1ms G2G average, but in practice it's pretty hard to separate them. Levels of blur were very comparable and none of these models had any noticeable overshoot which was pleasing.

23.8" 5ms G2G LG.Display AH-IPS (Overdrive = Standard)

27" 8ms G2G LG.Display AH-IPS

27" 5ms G2G Samsung PLS (Trace Free = 40)

27" 12ms G2G Samsung PLS (Response Time = Advanced)

We have also provided a comparison of the EV2450 above against 3 popular 27" high res screens we have tested. The very popular Dell U2713HM performed very similarly to the EV2450 in practice, showing pretty fast response times and no noticeable overshoot. The Asus PB278Q and ViewSonic VP2770-LED both feature PLS panels from Samsung, very similar overall to IPS but a competing technology. Both were again pretty fast in these tests although in the case of the Asus there was a small amount of overshoot introduced, but not much at all while at the modest Trace Free setting of 40. All in all the Eizo EV2450 held its own against some of these fast IPS/PLS models.

23.8" 5ms G2G LG.Display AH-IPS (Overdrive = Standard)

27" 2ms G2G Chi Mei Innolux TN Film +144Hz (Trace Free = 60)

24" 2ms G2G AU Optronics TN Film + 120Hz (AMA = On)

23.5" 4ms G2G Sharp MVA + 120Hz

We've also included a comparison above against 3 very fast 120Hz+ compatible screens we have tested. The other screens shown here are all aimed primarily at gamers and have various features and extras which make them more suitable overall for gaming. Firstly there is a comparison against the Asus VG278HE with its 144Hz refresh rate and fast response time TN Film panel. This showed very fast pixel response times and smooth movement thanks to its increased refresh rate. You are able to reduce the motion blur even more through the use of the LightBoost strobed backlight which we talked about in depth in our article about Motion Blur Reduction Backlights.

Then there is a comparison against the BenQ XL2420T with another very fast TN Film panel and 120Hz refresh rate. This showed very low levels of motion blur, but some dark overshoot was introduced as a side-effect. Lastly there is the MVA based Eizo FG2421 screen with a fast response time (especially for the panel technology being used) and 120Hz refresh rate support. There is also an additional 'Turbo 240' motion blur reduction mode which really helps reduce the perceived motion blur in practice.

While these pixel response tests from PixPerAn show the Dell to have pretty fast pixel transitions and freedom from any overshoot, there is something else going on as well here which can't be picked out by the camera. All of these other gaming models are running at 120Hz (or higher) refresh rates, which allows for improved 120fps+ frame rates and the support of 3D stereoscopic content as well. This can really help improve smoothness and the overall gaming experience so these screens still have the edge when it comes to fast gaming. Any additional extras to reduce perceived motion blur can also have a real benefit in practical terms, and again not easy to pick out with this camera method.

The responsiveness of the Eizo EV2450 was pleasing, and only slightly behind the faster IPS and PLS models we have tested to date. The average 9.9ms G2G response time couldn't of course compete with fast TN Film models, but for an IPS panel it was good. More pleasing perhaps, certainly compared with many other screens was the freedom from any overshoot problems. That can really be problematic in a whole variety of uses, and so we were pleased Eizo hadn't tried to push the response time too far at the expense of overshoot. The screen should be able to handle some fast gaming without problem, although those wanting to play fast FPS or competitive games may want to consider some of the more gamer orientated 120Hz+, TN Film based compatible displays out there, or perhaps something like the Eizo FG2421. Even better still would be models equipped with LightBoost systems or other motion blur reduction backlights for optimum motion blur elimination.

Additional Gaming Features

Aspect Ratio Control - The screen offers three options for hardware level aspect ratio control, available within the 'signal' section of the OSD menu. There are options for 'aspect ratio' (which maintains the source aspect but fills as much of the screen as possible). Then also 'full screen' (filling the screen no matter what the source aspect, skewing it if necessary), and 'dot to dot' (1:1 pixel mapping). A good range of options which should be all you need.

Preset Modes -
There is no defined 'game' preset mode available in the menu but you could easily set up one of the two user modes to be a little different for your gaming needs, probably with boosted brightness and colours.


We have written an in depth article about input lag and the various measurement techniques which are used to evaluate this aspect of a display. It's important to first of all understand the different methods available and also what this lag means to you as an end-user.

Input Lag vs. Display Lag vs. Signal Processing

To avoid confusion with different terminology we will refer to this section of our reviews as just "lag" from now on, as there are a few different aspects to consider, and different interpretations of the term "input lag". We will consider the following points here as much as possible. The overall "display lag" is the first, that being the delay between the image being shown on the TFT display and that being shown on a CRT. This is what many people will know as input lag and originally was the measure made to explain why the image is a little behind when using a CRT. The older stopwatch based methods were the common way to measure this in the past, but through advanced studies have been shown to be quite inaccurate. As a result, more advanced tools like SMTT provide a method to measure that delay between a TFT and CRT while removing the inaccuracies of older stopwatch methods.

In reality that lag / delay is caused by a combination of two things - the signal processing delay caused by the TFT electronics / scaler, and the response time of the pixels themselves. Most "input lag" measurements over the years have always been based on the overall display lag (signal processing + response time) and indeed the SMTT tool is based on this visual difference between a CRT and TFT and so measures the overall display lag. In practice the signal processing is the element which gives the feel of lag to the user, and the response time of course can impact blurring, and overall image quality in moving scenes. As people become more aware of lag as a possible issue, we are of course keen to try and understand the split between the two as much as possible to give a complete picture.

The signal processing element within that is quite hard to identify without extremely high end equipment and very complicated methods. In fact the studies by Thomas Thiemann which really kicked this whole thing off were based on equipment worth >100,1000 Euro, requiring extremely high bandwidths and very complicated methods to trigger the correct behaviour and accurately measure the signal processing on its own. Other techniques which are being used since are not conducted by Thomas (he is a freelance writer) or based on this equipment or technique, and may also be subject to other errors or inaccuracies based on our conversations with him since. It's very hard as a result to produce a technique which will measure just the signal processing on its own unfortunately. Many measurement techniques are also not explained and so it is important to try and get a picture from various sources if possible to make an informed judgement about a display overall.

For our tests we will continue to use the SMTT tool to measure the overall "display lag". From there we can use our oscilloscope system to measure the response time across a wide range of grey to grey (G2G) transitions as recorded in our response time tests. Since SMTT will not include the full response time within its measurements, after speaking with Thomas further about the situation we will subtract half of the average G2G response time from the total display lag. This should allow us to give a good estimation of how much of the overall lag is attributable to the signal processing element on its own.

Lag Classification

To help in this section we will also introduce a broader classification system for these results to help categorise each screen as one of the following levels:

  • Class 1) Less than 16ms / 1 frame lag - should be fine for gamers, even at high levels

  • Class 2) A lag of 16 - 32ms / One to two frames - moderate lag but should be fine for many gamers. Caution advised for serious gaming and FPS

  • Class 3) A lag of more than 32ms / more than 2 frames - Some noticeable lag in daily usage, not suitable for high end gaming

For the full reviews of the models compared here and the dates they were written (and when screens were approximately released to the market), please see our full reviews index.

(Measurements in ms)

Standard Mode

Total Display Lag (SMTT 2)


Pixel Response Time Element


Estimated Signal Processing Lag


Lag Classification


 Class 1

We have provided a comparison above against other models we have tested to give an indication between screens. The screens tested are split into two measurements which are based on our overall display lag tests (using SMTT) and half the average G2G response time, as measured by the oscilloscope. The response time is split from the overall display lag and shown on the graph as the green bar. From there, the signal processing (red bar) can be provided as a good estimation.

The screen showed a total average display lag of only 8.0 ms as measured with SMTT 2. Taking into account half the average G2G response time at 4.95ms ('standard' overdrive setting), we can estimate that there is ~3.05 ms of signal processing lag on this screen. This is very low and should not represent any problem for gaming.

Movies and Video

The following summarises the screens performance in video applications:

  • 23.8" screen size makes it a relatively small option nowadays for an all-in-one multimedia screen, being a lot smaller than most modern LCD TV's of course.

  • 16:9 aspect ratio is more well suited to videos than a 16:10 format screen, leaving smaller borders on DVD's and wide screen content at the top and bottom.

  • 1920 x 1080 resolution can support full 1080 HD resolution content

  • 1x HDMI and 1x DisplayPort connections available, so good choices for modern DVD players, Blu-ray, consoles etc. Good to see HDMI included here.

  • Cables provided in the box for DisplayPort only, no HDMI cables.

  • Light AG coating providing clean and clear images, without the unwanted reflections of a glossy solution.

  • Wide brightness range adjustment possible from the display, including high maximum luminance of ~250 cd/m2 and an incredibly low minimum luminance of only 0.5 cd/m2. This should afford you very good control for different lighting conditions. Contrast ratio remains stable across that adjustment range as well. The backlight does not use PWM between settings of 100 and 20 and remains flicker-free as a result. Below that, only a very high frequency and low amplitude oscillation is introduced, but chances are you won't need to drop below 20% brightness anyway in most situations.

  • Black depth and contrast ratio are very good for an IPS panel at 1066:1 after calibration. Detail in darker scenes should not be lost as a result, and shadow detail should be good.

  • There is a specific 'movie' preset mode available for movies or video if you want but it felt quite similar to our calibrated user mode. Might be useful if you need to have different settings or brightness for movies.

  • Good pixel responsiveness which should still be able to handle fast moving scenes in movies without issue. No overshoot issues which is pleasing as long as you stick to the 'standard' overdrive setting.

  • Wide viewing angles thanks to IPS panel technology meaning several people could view the screen at once comfortable and from a whole host of different angles. IPS glow is also minimal meaning you won't see as much annoying white glows on darker content from an angle.

  • Good range of ergonomic adjustments available from the stand, so should be easy to obtain a comfortable position for multiple users or if you want to sit further away from the screen for movie viewing. Height and swivel are very easy to use, although tilt is a bit difficult.

  • No particularly noticeable backlight leakage, and none from the edges which is good. This type of leakage may prove an issue when watching movies where black borders are present but it is not a problem here.

  • Basic 2x 1W integrated stereo speakers on this model for the occasional video clip, but not up to a full movie.

  • Decent range of hardware aspect ratio options with aspect, full and 1:1 pixel mappings modes available which should be fine for most uses.

  • Picture in picture (PiP) and Picture By Picture (PbP) are not available.


The Eizo EV2450 was an impressive screen all-round, offering a very interesting alternative to the popular Dell U2414H. We were pleased with its excellent default setup, providing reliable gamma, white point, colour accuracy and a strong contrast ratio. Most users won't really need to calibrate the screen which is good news. Eizo delivered on some of the other areas we have come to appreciate from other recent IPS screens. There was a flicker free backlight for most of the brightness adjustment range, and even when a DC method wasn't used, the oscillation is unlikely to be problematic to most users anyway. The panel featured the modern light AG coating which was good news, and it was even a "Low Glow" IPS panel like we had seen from the U2414H. Pixel response times were slightly slower than the Dell but really you'd be hard pressed to notice any real difference in practice. Lag was also very low / none-existent so this is decent option for IPS gaming.

Where the Eizo begins to set itself apart from the Dell U2414H is with some of the extra features it has. It has a better range of video connections, while the Dell was a little limited with only HDMI and DisplayPort options. There are speakers and audio connections which might be useful to some. The ECO sensors are very useful and nice to have available and set it apart for office environments. Where the EV2450 did let itself down a little was with the stand. It was not nearly as useable as the Dell's, with the tilt for instance being very stiff to operate. The OSD was also a little basic looking but did at least have a good range of options so we won't worry about that too much.

The EV2450 currently retails for £216 GBP (inc VAT) and is only slightly more expensive than the Dell (£198). There's not much to separate the two overall we didn't feel, although the Eizo has a few nice extras available. This is a very realistic alternative to the Dell from another quality monitor manufacturer.

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Good default setup and great all-round performance

Stand adjustments aren't great, tilt is too stiff

Decent responsiveness and very low lag for gaming

OSD menu somewhat basic in design

Useful extra features like ambient light sensor, motion sensor, speakers


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