REVIEW: Eizo CG243W Part 5
The controls on the Eizo CG243W involve ten buttons, located in the middle of the lower section of the monitor. Labelling that differs to than on the CG222W indicates a modified control concept.
Buttons for controlling the menu.
The user can navigate through the OSD and change selected parameters using the two arrow buttons. The OSD itself is called up using the button to the right of these, with which sub-menus can also be controlled, individual functions can be selected and changed values can be confirmed. A change to the brightness of the screen can be made directly, without going through the OSD, using two buttons marked with sun symbols.
Access to the screen modes, which is also direct, is realised via the "M" button. The user can choose from: "Custom", "sRGB", "EBU", "REC709", "SMPTE-C, "DCI" and up to three "CAL" modes, which save the values for the monitor LUT in the course of the hardware calibration. The "S" button is located beside the brightness sensor and switches between the three possible input signals, as usual.
The OSD is closed using the button marked with the outline of a square, which is also used to discard changes which have not yet been confirmed. The two last buttons consist of the power switch (on the far right) and an "Info button", via which the model and signal parameters can be called up.
The OSD of the CG243W has received a major facelift. Whilst it has hardly anything in common with the version used to date for the SX and CG series in terms of design, nothing has changed in terms of content. The user can navigate through the new variant with ease.
The sometimes not very intuitive button allocation is more than made up for by the display of the current allocation on the lower edge of the screen. The menu is divided into five main menu options, which we will explain briefly below:
The most important and extensive menu option is located at the top of the list. If Customer mode is selected, all options are available. As well as the obligatory regulator for adjusting the brightness of the backlight, the contrast can now also be lowered.
The white point is changed using pre-defined values (in steps of 500K) or three RGB gain regulators. In addition, three RGB Offset regulators (denoted "Black Level" here) are available, which affect the colour temperature at lower brightness levels. The gradation can be adjusted via a gamma regulator, which ranges from 1,8 to 2,6. A "Standard" setting here represents the gradation intended by Eizo for the respective mode.
The 6-axis colour control allows for independent change of colour hues and saturation for primary and secondary colours. A global saturation and hue regulator is also provided.
And lastly, the "Outline Enhancer" contains a sharpness filter, which can also be sued in a negative direction and for native playback.
As nice as the extensive options are, they will not play any role for most users, since the screen formally screams for hardware calibration via "Color Navigator". In this case, all options of this menu point are (sensibly) locked.
If a digital signal is played back on the Eizo CG243W, the functionality of this menu option is reduced to influencing the interpolation behaviour. Here, scaling to cover the entire screen, regardless of the aspect ratio, is available as well as justified scaling and pixel-precise display.
If an analogue RGBHV signal is played back, the user can access various adjustment parameters. Automatic adjustment is also possible.
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