Eizo FlexScan T2351W-L review: Anti-glare coating gets the shaft

The Eizo FlexScan T2351W-L doesn't flex. Nor does it scan. You should check out the review anyway.

This isn't the T2351W-L's actual screen. If it was, you'd likely see a clear picture of our cameraman hunched down in front of it. Josh Miller/CNET

As 23-inch monitors go, the Eizo FlexScan T2351W-L is fairly unique. It eschews the traditional foot stand in favor of an adjustable lever, it steers clear of even the smallest inkling of anti-glare coating (AG), and its reinforced glass screen makes it a perfect candidate for the included multitouch touch-screen feature.

Still, at the end of the day, it's a 23-inch monitor priced at more than $1,000, so I can't blame you if reading that price and size combo elicits only the most dubious of responses. Is it worth that price? You'll need to check out the full review to find out.

On another point, I know anti-glare coating gets a bad rap in some circles, but personally I've yet to take major issue with it. As I mentioned before, the T2351W-L forgoes AG coating in favor of a glossy screen.

Each solution has its advantages and disadvantages, and neither is perfect. While glossy screens attract fingerprints and in some cases could even take the place of your bathroom mirror if necessary, they can have a higher perceived contrast than AG-coated displays.

On the other hand, monitors with heavy AG coating produce less reflections and smudges, but there are those who don't feel it's worth the loss of contrast and (sometimes) brighter colors.

It must be said though that the preference for either method is just that, a preference. Neither solution is necessarily better, it just depends on what the user prefers and, depending on the situation (and mostly the lighting conditions), both have their strengths.

Personally, given the right lighting conditions, I much prefer glossy screens and even went so far as to return a matte screen TV I bought to exchange it for a glossy one after only a couple days of use. I just prefer the look of the glossy screen when watching movies and am willing to deal with the amount of glare and reflections that can be produced during the day, as long I get that high-contrast image at night. It's a trade-off I'm willing to make.


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