Wednesday, October 30th 2013

EIZO Releases the FORIS FG2421 240 Hz Gaming Monitor

EIZO Corporation today announced the 23.5-inch FORIS FG2421, the world's first gaming monitor with a 240 Hz refresh rate. The FORIS FG2421 also features a low input lag and gaming preset modes that were developed with professional gamers to make it ideal for first-person shooter, racing, fighting, and other fast-action genres.

The FORIS FG2421 comes with a new feature called Turbo 240 that surpasses the 120 Hz refresh rate of conventional gaming monitors. Turbo 240 converts 120 Hz signals to 240 Hz by controlling the blinking of the LED backlight. This high refresh rate along with a response time of less than 1 ms produces the smoothest image display available on a gaming monitor.

The FORIS FG2421 is the first gaming monitor with a refresh rate of 120 Hz or more to use a VA (vertical alignment) LCD panel. The VA panel provides a wide viewing angle of 176° and a high native contrast ratio of 5000:1 for deep blacks. This high contrast ratio increases visibility in dark scenes making it easier to spot enemies.

EIZO developed its own integrated circuit to minimize the input lag or the time it takes for commands from a keyboard, mouse, or controller to appear on the screen. With a 60 Hz input signal the input lag is less than one frame and with a 120 Hz signal it is less than 1.5 frames.

Two color modes for FPS (first-person shooter) and one for RTS (real-time strategy) games are included. The FPS and RTS modes were co-developed with professional gamers from Fnatic, a leading eSports team, to provide ideal brightness, contrast, and gamma settings. Three fully-customizable modes for users who want to import and export their own settings are also built-in.

EIZO is bundling its new software, ScreenManager Pro for Gaming, with the FORIS FG2421. This software lets users download gaming presets used by professional gamers from gaming.eizo.com or export their own customized color modes to other gamers who also own the FORIS FG2421. ScreenManager Pro for Gaming can also be used to assign hot keys to turn the monitor's power and mute on/off, as well as adjust the color mode and screen size. It is compatible with Windows 8, 7, and Vista.

HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI-D ports provide connectivity with PCs, consoles, Blu-ray players and cameras. A USB hub with one upstream and two downstream ports lets users connect peripherals such as a mouse and keyboard to the monitor. A line-out jack for connecting to external speakers and a headphone jack provide further functionality.

Fast action games are often played at resolutions less than the monitor's native 1920 x 1080. To allow for using the full 23.5-inch screen, the user can enlarge the image while maintaining the aspect ratio or expand it to fill the entire screen.

The FORIS FG2421 is designed to provide viewing comfort over long hours of gameplay. With the Turbo 240 set to off, the FORIS FG2421 maintains a refresh rate of 120 Hz and uses EIZO's own hybrid technology for providing flicker-free images at any brightness level. A sensor on the front of the monitor detects the ambient brightness and adjusts the screen's brightness to the ideal level which saves energy and prevents eyestrain. The sensor can enabled/disabled by the user.

The FORIS FG2421 debuts a new cabinet design. The back of the monitor features an illuminated EIZO logo on a glossy surface that is surrounded by a vermillion frame. Above this frame is a handle for carrying the monitor to a LAN party or gaming event. For viewing comfort, the stand provides 60 mm of height adjustment, 25° of tilt and 344° of swivel. A cable holder contributes to a clutter-free desktop.

The five-year manufacturer's warranty ensures a long service life and is significantly longer than the three-year warranty of most gaming monitors.
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42 Comments on EIZO Releases the FORIS FG2421 240 Hz Gaming Monitor

#2
Solidstate89
by: hardcore_gamer
I'd rather play at 4K, 60Hz.
I'd rather play at 2560x1440 at 120Hz, using an IPS/PLS display. But I don't see that happening anytime soon from official manufacturers. And no, don't quote me about those overclocked Korean monitors.
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#3
Aithos
This is going to be an overpriced piece of garbage. Now before everyone gets all up in arms let me explain:

1) It's not 240hz, they are doing the same thing companies did with TVs where they either insert extra frames using interpolation or a black screen between each frame. If it is the former it causes awful, unnatural looking images and reduces accuracy because no algorithm can accurately predict exactly how things are moving. If it is the latter it isn't much different than lightboost with any other 120-144hz monitor.

2) While it's cool that it's a VA panel it still has 1.5 frames of input lag at 120hz (12ms~) which is pretty high for a modern gaming monitor. The good offerings from BenQ and Asus have under 1ms of input lag (if I recall correctly the Asus is 0.6ms). Keep in mind this isn't response time, but input (processing) lag. It doesn't get the color or higher resolution of an IPS or PLS panel, mainly a viewing angle improvement which for single monitor 24" is a non-issue anyway.

3) The price is going to be outrageous given the premium they already charge for their monitors. This company is known for good products but I wouldn't even consider paying for a fake 240hz monitor at 1920x1080. Speaking of which, it is still only 1080p, the next big advancement with refresh rate will be in higher resolutions. They could have at least made it 1920x1200 for the extra productivity.

When I first heard about this I was intrigued, now that I see what it is I am utterly disappointed. I hope people don't buy this so companies get the message loud and clear that we want a 1440p 120hz monitor (preferably in both matte and semi-glossy).
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#4
jihadjoe
by: urza26
That explains running the game at low settings, but still dropping the resolution seems ridiculous. You either play with black bars or with a poorly interpolated screen resolution, neither is a favorable situation.
Not if they play at 960x540
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#5
Svarog
This might be what i need to replace my EIZO EV2436W and get rid of the annoying IPS Glow.

I came from EIZO S2231W which is S-PVA/CCFL and ever since i got this EV2436W i been annoyed to f**k by IPS Glow.
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#6
HopelesslyFaithful
ahhh and yet i bet it still ghosts like an ass so there is no point to it. Bring me the OLED/plasma screens please so i can get as slow as possible to not having horrible ghosting...better yet give me a screen with that tech and include flicker and make my damn day
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#7
Wile E
Power User
by: Svarog
This might be what i need to replace my EIZO EV2436W and get rid of the annoying IPS Glow.

I came from EIZO S2231W which is S-PVA/CCFL and ever since i got this EV2436W i been annoyed to f**k by IPS Glow.
Some IPS monitors are worse than others. Mine exhibits only the tiniest bit on the bottom left corner, and I can only see it in a fairly dark room with a pure black image. My VA monitors were noticeably better at blacks though, but at the expense of response time.

It seems all LCD types come with some sort of tradeoffs.

Can't wait until OLED gets more common and cheaper.
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#8
tehehe
by: Aithos
This is going to be an overpriced piece of garbage. Now before everyone gets all up in arms let me explain:

1) It's not 240hz, they are doing the same thing companies did with TVs where they either insert extra frames using interpolation or a black screen between each frame. If it is the former it causes awful, unnatural looking images and reduces accuracy because no algorithm can accurately predict exactly how things are moving. If it is the latter it isn't much different than lightboost with any other 120-144hz monitor.
It's the latter (like lightboost but for 2d) but it is VA not TN! IMHO this alone is pretty nice. Still it's VA so it probably has horrible colour shift.

by: Aithos

2) While it's cool that it's a VA panel it still has 1.5 frames of input lag at 120hz (12ms~) which is pretty high for a modern gaming monitor. The good offerings from BenQ and Asus have under 1ms of input lag (if I recall correctly the Asus is 0.6ms). Keep in mind this isn't response time, but input (processing) lag. It doesn't get the color or higher resolution of an IPS or PLS panel, mainly a viewing angle improvement which for single monitor 24" is a non-issue anyway.
Where did you get input lag measurement? There is no review yet anywhere AFAIK.
by: Aithos

3) The price is going to be outrageous given the premium they already charge for their monitors. This company is known for good products but I wouldn't even consider paying for a fake 240hz monitor at 1920x1080. Speaking of which, it is still only 1080p, the next big advancement with refresh rate will be in higher resolutions. They could have at least made it 1920x1200 for the extra productivity.
Fake or not it is first non-tn 120Hz monitor. That counts for something. If you can't afford it don't buy it.
by: Aithos

When I first heard about this I was intrigued, now that I see what it is I am utterly disappointed. I hope people don't buy this so companies get the message loud and clear that we want a 1440p 120hz monitor (preferably in both matte and semi-glossy).
Agreed completely but I want it to be not only 1440p@120Hz but G-Sync as well. It has to be ips/pls though and you bet 1440p@120Hz will be expensive as hell.
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#9
Svarog
by: Wile E
Some IPS monitors are worse than others. Mine exhibits only the tiniest bit on the bottom left corner, and I can only see it in a fairly dark room with a pure black image. My VA monitors were noticeably better at blacks though, but at the expense of response time.

It seems all LCD types come with some sort of tradeoffs.

Can't wait until OLED gets more common and cheaper.
Well i can live with the lower response time. I'm used to mouse lag aswell.

What i want a pure black image in a dark room, just like my old EIZO S2231W (S-PVA/CCFL) had.

The IPS Glow in the bottom right corner is pretty bad on my EV2436W, and it keeps bothering me in games like Skyrim with tweaked Dark Night/Interior settings.
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#10
TheHunter
Well that doesnt mean all newer better IPS monitors have it so bad.. Im sure a lot would agree on this one.


My Eizo fs2333 has minimal, but its not visible by games (Doom3 for example) or movies, nvm normal windows usage.
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#11
tehehe
by: Svarog
Well i can live with the lower response time. I'm used to mouse lag aswell.

What i want a pure black image in a dark room, just like my old EIZO S2231W (S-PVA/CCFL) had.

The IPS Glow in the bottom right corner is pretty bad on my EV2436W, and it keeps bothering me in games like Skyrim with tweaked Dark Night/Interior settings.
IPS glow can be solved by incorporating A-TW polarizer into display. My old nec 2690wuxi has it and I have never knew what IPS glow is until recently. Problem is - it costs extra and nobody seems to want to do it.
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#12
wickedcricket
thank you for deleting my comment where I kindly found and pasted a review for this and UK pricing....
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#13
xorbe
by: wickedcricket
thank you for deleting my comment where I kindly found and pasted a review for this and UK pricing....
I read that post and review. I am surprised TPU deletes posts.
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#15
Prima.Vera
by: jihadjoe
Not if they play at 960x540
LOL the blur at that resolution plus extreme aliasing. No way Jose!! :laugh::laugh::laugh:
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#16
xorbe
i first read that as Flat Panel Shed haha
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#17
Topsu
by: RCoon
Pro SC2 and CSGO players lower game settings for improved framerates and zero framedrop during intense moments of explosions, physics, and 200/200 army engagements.

You'd be amazed how hard it is to strafe-stop-headshot an AWPer when you're frame suddenly drops down a few because of a smoke grenade.
Except CSGO players reduce graphics settings becouse it makes everything more clear and they use low or 4:3 resolution becouse they are used to that from early cs1.6 days and/or they can see the minimap while they look at the middle of screen
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