Design & Connections: Could do Better
In this field, the X2775HDS is far from being the worst monitor we've seen. It has VGA, DVI and HDMI entries, a couple of 2-watt speakers, a headphones socket and a three-port USB hub. Seeing as it uses an MVA screen panel, the X2775HDS has wider viewing angles than monitors that use TN panels. This also means that colours are reproduced more consistently across the screen (as seen in the 'orange dot test' in our monitor Face-Off).
The only real design flaw is that the X2775HDS is mounted on a fixed stand that can only be titled by a few degrees. You'll therefore have to adapt your position to suit the screen, rather than the other way round!
Responsiveness: Disappointing Ghosting Time
Although the ghosting time is a little better than in its predecessor, the X2775HDS is still much too slow for gaming or for working with any other kinds of moving images (flash animation etc.).
Even with the Overdrive function ('OD' in the screen menu) turned up to the maximum setting, the response time still isn't quite as good as most 5 ms TN screens. However, unlike the X2472HDS, moving the mouse cursor across the screen doesn't leave a trail of ghost images behind it.
The input lag is decent enough and won't hold you back in multiplayer games ... that's if you're adventurous enough to give gaming a go on this monitor!
Colours: Good Contrast!
Out of the box, the X2775DS doesn't display colours particularly accurately, with a delta E of 3.8. In part, that's due to the fact that the colour temperature is too high, in turn giving a blue overtone to certain colours. That's something which can usually be easily corrected by switching the colour mode from 'User' to 'Warm'.
Delta E out of the box and after adjusting the settings
This doesn't quite have the effect we expected in the X2775HDS, however. While the average delta E is effectively a little better (3.2 compared with 3.8 out of the box), the colour temperature is still 7500 K, and so still too far from the 6500 K we were hoping for.
In practice though, these colours will be fine for most users. However, for the more demanding among you, downloading and installing a calibration profile will be the only way to sort things out once and for all.
We measured a default contrast ratio of 2300:1, which is well above average for a computer monitor (850:1). With our recommended settings (see above), this drops to 2100:1, but that's still excellent.
- Good screen size for the price
- MVA screen panel (wide viewing angles)
- Good contrast ratio (2100:1)
- Generally good design and handling
- Poor responsiveness
- Colour temperature a bit too high (7500 K) even after adjusting the settings
This is the second time we've seen an Iiyama MVA-panel monitor that's potential uses are restricted by its poor responsiveness. As a result, the X2775HDS is only suitable for photo editing and general office computing.