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Iiyama ProLite XB2472HD review

£200 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Iiyama

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Iiyama ProLite XB2472HD is unusual in taking VA technology for its LCD, instead of ubiquitous TN technology.

It’s been a long time since Iiyama ruled the roost in the monitors market, but its latest launch sees better quality VA (vertical alignment) panels being rolled out across its new budget range that includes the Iiyama ProLite XB2472H.

Budget is perhaps not quite the right word, as these panels will be selling for around £180-£230. However, £200 for a 24in screen that doesn’t contain a low-grade TN panel could still be a ravishing offer.

The understated Iiyama ProLite XB2472H isn’t going to make passers-by stop in their tracks, but it’s neatly curved and looks sufficiently business-like to melt into the background in offices and homes.

The Iiyama ProLite XB2472H's stand itself is surprisingly versatile, given the price. You’ve got plenty of height adjustability, so it’s easy to find the best angle from which to view, and you can even rotate the screen.

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It’s perhaps a shame that the user interface isn’t easier to operate. To be fair, the menu system is cleaner and more intuitive than we’ve come to expect from Iiyama (even in its golden days, the company’s arcane menu systems were legendary), but the touch-sensitive controls are too easy to press incorrectly, leaving us stranded up the garden path on many an occasion.  

The Iiyama ProLite XB2472H comes with a D-Sub (VGA), and digital HDMI and DVI connectors. The specifications are quite adequate, with a typical 250cd/m2 brightness rating. The response speed of 8ms is a little slower than most TNs. We noticed a modicum of ghosting in high speed games, although most of the time you’ll be hard pushed to see the difference.

The big draw, though, is that VA panel, offering potentially great 24-bit colour reproduction. The quoted contrast ratio figure is 3000:1 where TN screens’ specs often boast 1000:1.

(You can safely ignore any four-digit:1 contrast ratio as the work of a fevered marketing department. Spend around £1500 on a 24in screen, and you may get up to a 850:1 contrast ratio – Reviews Ed)

Colours are indeed rich for this price point, with crisp images and good differentiation between shades. The Iiyama ProLite XB2472H handles darker colours extremely well and will be a good choice for watching films.

It’s not quite as impressive when it comes to the other mooted advantage of VA – better viewing angles. We felt the Iiyama’s image deteriorated a little too quickly when we weren’t sitting directly in front of the screen. It’s an improvement on most TN panels that proliferate in this price category.

Iiyama ProLite XB2472HD Expert Verdict »

24in LCD monitor
VA technology
1920 x 1080
0.277mm pixel pitch
8ms response time
‘3000:1 contrast ratio’
250cd/m2 brightness
D-Sub, HDMI, DVI connectors
34W power consumption
570 x 215 x 438mm
3-year warranty
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

An IPS panel is still the better choice if you can afford one. However, VA can offer improvements over the standard TN panels, and the Iiyama ProLite XB2472HD’s colour reproduction is strong. It’s a nice screen size, and the versatile stand is unexpected at this price. Given these factors, the Iiyama is one of the higher-quality screens you can find in the sub-£200 category.

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