Land the white whale
You'll need a friend to help you unpack the 60.7-pound, $689 FlexScan T765, but once this behemoth is on your desk, setting it up is easy. The box doesn't contain a quick-start poster, but the manual is quite comprehensive, beginning with a detailed setup diagram, a description of how to understand and navigate the onscreen display (OSD), and a lengthy troubleshooting section.
The monitor itself has a glare-reducing flat screen with a 17.8-inch viewable area, four USB ports, and both VGA and BNC inputs on the back so that you can connect two computers to the display. The FlexScan sports a tight, .24mm dot pitch at the center of the screen and .25mm at its edges. The display can support a maximum resolution of 1,600x1,200 at a flicker-free 92Hz refresh rate, but the manual recommends a resolution of 1,280x1,024 at up to 107Hz. The T765 is compatible with both PCs and Macs.
You access the FlexScan T765's OSD via a joysticklike button on the front panel that serves as both quadridirectional arrow keys and the Enter key. This one-button system, though intuitive, is a bit hard to manipulate, especially when you must press the center button to confirm a selection. At least the OSD menus are well designed and organized, and they include all the basic controls such as geometry, brightness, and contrast. Those who find the joystick control too clumsy can install Eizo's ScreenManager Pro software from the included CD. You'll need to connect the display to your PC via a USB cable, but once you do, you can adjust your monitor settings with your mouse via a graphical interface.
For an extra $45, Eizo offers the i-Sound, a little bracket with speakers on either end that slides under the front panel of the FlexScan T765 and draws its power from the monitor. While this system might not offer the highest-quality audio, it saves space on your desk and at your wall power outlet.
Good but not great
In CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based benchmark tests, the T765's image quality was good overall. Unfortunately, it just didn't measure up to that of much more affordable competitors, such as the ViewSonic P95f+ or the Samsung SyncMaster 950b The FlexScan T765 handled colors ably; in both Photoshop and on the Web, they were vibrant and true, with excellent red reproduction and a good range of shades. But our grayscale-test screens showed that blacks looked more like charcoal and that whites had a slight pink tint. There were also geometry problems, especially along the right side of the picture, where we noticed some curvature and compression of objects on our test screens. Looking at a page of text, we noticed some blurriness in the corners. On the plus side, the display's high refresh rate made for no visible flicker or movement.
Support is another bright spot. Eizo backs the FlexScan T765 with a standard three-year warranty on parts and labor. You'll receive toll-free phone tech support for the life of the monitor but only on weekdays (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT). Eizo's Web site offers drivers, FAQs, a glossary, a support e-mail address, and links to manuals and information on replacement cables.
Sure, Eizo's FlexScan T765 is a decent monitor with useful features, but we expect much better image quality for $689. For now, stick with a 19-inch display such as Samsung's SyncMaster 950b or ViewSonic's P95f+. You'll spend about half the price for similar performance.
|Monitor image-quality test
Longer bars indicate better performance
|The FlexScan T765 handled colors well, but in grayscale-test screens, blacks looked more like charcoal and whites had a slight pink tint. There were also some geometry problems, especially distortion along the right side of the picture. In addition, there was some blurriness across the screen that got worse in the corners. On the plus side, the display's high refresh rate made for no visible flicker or movement.