Iiyama has become more of a consumer screen manufacturer of late, but on the evidence of the budget 26in Iiyama ProLite E2607WS, some of the professional quality remains.

The Iiyama ProLite E2607WS isn't an attractively styled product. The budget price point means that the stand is a fixed, clip-on mechanism with no height, tilt or swivel adjustment.

Visually, the Iiyama ProLite E2607WS won't win any awards, with a rather squat appearance that's even uglier from the rear. The OSD panel buttons are placed under the right-hand side of the bezel, and even though they're perfectly reliable, they feel loose and don't necessarily inspire confidence. The OSD itself uses the four buttons in a rather unintuitive way - it's not the worst we've seen, but it's not outstandingly friendly.

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More positively, the Iiyama ProLite E2607WS is a large 26in panel and it includes HDMI, DVI-D and VGA - although the DVI-D socket is packed in tightly so the cable is bent sharply and trapped when the plug is inserted. This might be intended deliberately as a cable tidy, but it seems an odd design choice.

Visual performance is good for the price point. Basic performance is unexceptional, but the Iiyama ProLite E2607WS's OptiColor option gives crude control of gamma, brightness and colour which can be fine-tuned by hand. ‘Picture' mode is too dark, ‘Standard' is too bright, but ‘Game' mode looks reasonable.

Viewing angles are limited and the brightness isn't very even. Colour linearity is noticeably wobbly, and with a limited gamut even a calibrator can only do so much to bring the Iiyama ProLite E2607WS into line. But video performance is good, with fast switching and very little smearing.

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Iiyama ProLite E2607WS [PC]: Specs

  • 26ins Display Area - 58.75 x 46.05cm
  • TN 16.7 million Colours
  • resolution: 1920 x 1200 WUXGA
  • 300cd/m2
  • View Angle: 170° (Horizontal - Max) x 150° (Vertical - Max)
  • Contrast Ratio: 4,000:1 (Dynamic)
  • Response time: 5ms
  • Tilt (Forward/Backward): up 20°
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.2865 x 0.2865mm
  • Speakers: 2 x 5W
  • LCD Display
  • VESA 200mm
  • 597x238x460mm
  • 8.3kg
  • 26ins Display Area - 58.75 x 46.05cm
  • TN 16.7 million Colours
  • resolution: 1920 x 1200 WUXGA
  • 300cd/m2
  • View Angle: 170° (Horizontal - Max) x 150° (Vertical - Max)
  • Contrast Ratio: 4,000:1 (Dynamic)
  • Response time: 5ms
  • Tilt (Forward/Backward): up 20°
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.2865 x 0.2865mm
  • Speakers: 2 x 5W
  • LCD Display
  • VESA 200mm
  • 597x238x460mm
  • 8.3kg

OUR VERDICT

Colour control and overall performance aren't significantly worse than that of the other budget models, which means that considering the price, you get a lot of monitor for your money. It's unrealistic to expect a budget monitor to produce professional results, so the Iiyama ProLite E2607WS isn't a cheap substitute for a high-end model. But it's a plausible money-saving, entry level option for a start-up, offering good-enough colour performance at a very attractive asking price.

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