As 23-inch monitors go, the Eizo FlexScan T2351W-L is fairly unusual. It eschews the traditional foot stand in favor of an adjustable lever, it steers clear of even the smallest inkling of antiglare coating, 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. Is it worth that price? If you answered, "Who cares? I want one now!" then this review probably won't be very helpful to you. If you answered in any other way (or didn't answer at all), you'll want to keep reading.
Design and features
When we sat down to run our performance test suite on the Eizo FlexScan T2351W-L, the first thing that struck us was, well, us. The 23-inch monitor has one of the glossiest and most reflective screens we've ever seen and at first all we saw (quite clearly), were our own kissers. Those of you annoyed by the trend of antiglare coating on displays can look to the T2351W-L and see just what the other extreme is like.
The medium-gray chassis has a full width of 21.9 inches. The bezel measures 0.8 inch on the right and left sides and the full depth of the panel is 2.1 inches. Not a surprising measurement given that the T2351W-L houses a Vertical Alignment (VA) panel as well as a CCFL backlight--a combination that typically warrants a thicker enclosure.
Instead of the traditional foot stand, the T2351W-L has an adjustable lever on the lower back, allowing back tilt to range from 15 degrees all the way back to 65 degrees. At the top of the chassis sits a red lever that, when pulled, releases the foot stand for adjustment. Thanks to this design, the panel can never safely stand completely perpendicular to the desk and must always be titled back to some extent, but given the panel's wide viewing angle, this isn't really a problem.
Connection options are located in the back, on the left side, aligned vertically, and are easy to access: DVI, HDMI, VGA, and a USB upstream port. A headphone jack with built-in volume control can be found at the bottom of the monitor's left spine. On the bottom center of the bezel resides a lone mono speaker.
As monitors go, you don't get tougher than the T2351W-L. The hearty build quality of the monitor's chassis, along with its hefty 16.7-pound weight, is matched only by its reinforced glass screen. While most other monitors offer screens that yield to the touch, the T2351W-L's screen is like the defensive line of the '85 Chicago Bears--completely inflexible--a lot like your smartphone screen, really, just on a larger scale.
Also similarly to your smartphone, the monitor has touch-screen capability and allows you to navigate using your own fingertips instead of a mouse. Setup was easy and quick. Simply plug in a USB cable, install the drivers, and start smearing your new monitor's screen with grease and dead skin cells. It took us a while to become accustomed to letting our fingers do the walking, but after about 30 minutes, we were fairly comfortable. Still, prolonged use can result in a serious case of lactic acid buildup in the shoulders. Just comes with the territory of outstretching your arms for minutes at a time, we guess.
Consisting of seven buttons, the On Screen Display (OSD) array sits in the lower left corner of the display's bezel and each button press delivers both a tactile and audible response. Pressing the Mode button shortcuts through the T2351W-L's six presets, which are User 1, User 2, sRGB, Cinema, Game, and Paper. While most of those are self-explanatory, Paper mode may require a bit more exposition.