Hardware: room for improvementThe feature list doesn't set the E2273HDS apart from the crowd, and all it can go on to earn a couple of stars in this section is its meagre selection of inputs and outputs. For video, the usual trio of VGA, DVI and HDMI are there, while for audio, there are 2 x 1 W speakers. That's not enough to get any further than two stars ...
It seems that the switch down from 24'' to 22'' has meant losing the second HDMI port which was one of the E24736HDS' biggest strengths, but Iiyama obviously didn't want to smile on the smaller version.
Responsiveness: back to basicsThis is what prevented the E2473HDS from gaining that elusive fifth star: as soon as we turned on the overdrive, we were overcome by the dreadful reverse ghosting. Iiyama has got round the problem by giving users the choice of five different levels for overdrive, rather than a simple choice between activating it or not.
The shorter the time, the more responsive the monitor.
Colours need calibrating
Colour reproduction before (translucent bars) and after calibration (coloured bars)
The E2273HDS doesn't have any problems with contrast: it might not reach the contrast ratio of 1000:1 that Iiyama boasts about, but it comes close at 950:1, and is above the average figure we've measured on monitors up to now of 850:1.
- Good contrast ratio: 950:1
- Low ghosting time: < 7 ms
- Low input lag
- TN panel, so poor vertical viewing angles
- Room for improvement with usability
- Colour reproduction could do with some work
The Iiyama E2273HDS might not suffer from the same problems as its larger 24'' cousin, but instead adds new ones that are just as frustrating, including poor colour reproduction. Just like the 24'' E2473HDS, the smaller E2273HDS only just scrapes home with four stars.