Design and handling: DVI & VGA
With its glossy black finish, and at less than 3 cm thick, the E2340T is one very stylish monitor. The price to pay for such a slim design is, however, the presence of an external power block. The stand’s height cannot be adjusted and there’s no portrait mode, all you can do is tilt the screen backwards and forwards slightly. Connections consist of VGA and DVI ports for video, and nothing for audio. So even when you consider its low power consumption (thanks to the LED backlighting) there’s still not much on offer in this monitor.
Responsiveness: TN panel + 5 ms = office computing
over ten frames
Since the product’s being marketed as a TN panel with a 5 ms response time, we could never really expect it to blow us away. The tests merely served to confirm this too, as the monitor is unable to display fast movements or action sequences in a smooth and seamless way. It’s therefore best relegated to the realm of office computing and web browsing.
It’s a shame too, as its input lag is sufficiently low for online gaming.
Colours: a final hope, a final let-down
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With its poor design and handling, and a sluggish response time, colour rendition was this monitor’s last chance to impress. Unfortunately, here too the E2340T is nothing to write home about. The default colours have a heavy blue tinge and brightness is poorly managed in the grey scale. The result is a deltaE value that’s touching 7, bearing in mind that the deltaE should be less than 3 for the colours to look accurate. That makes calibration essential, and as there’s no hope of fixing things via the internal menu, you’ll have to look for a calibration profile to download.
The contrast ratio is one of this monitor’s few saving graces as it easily reaches 1000:1.
- Above-average contrast
- Low power consumption
- TN panel with smaller viewing angles and screen darkness
- Inaccurate colours
- Poor design & handling
Its attractive, consumes hardly any power and is capable of displaying accurate colours after total recalibration. If thats all youre looking for, then fine, but our product survey is packed with models offering much better performances.