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Comparison: Twelve 19" CRT Monitors

Eizo Flexscan T765

Not well known in the multimedia world, Eizo is a brand that the image professionals appreciate. The T765 is this manufacturer's latest 19" with a DiamondTron tube. It has a pitch ranging from 0.24 mm in the center to 0.25 mm at the edges. The visible screen is only 17.8", versus 18" for its rivals. Eizo reduced it on purpose to have less distortion over the screen surface and a more even image. The screen is coated with Super ErgoCoat, which reduces reflection and improves image clarity. For the design, don't expect Eizo to go in for the latest material or trendy color. The T765 is cream-colored and the front is very subdued, you might even say strict and a bit dated. It has two types of connectors: 5 BNC plugs and a standard 15-pin plug. It also has a USB hub with 4 ports; one of them, just below the facing, is retractable. Its refresh rate is 110 kHz and its bandwidth is 280 MHz. Eizo claims an optimal (not maximum) resolution of 1280x1024 at 107 Hz. But, of course, you can go much higher with refresh rates that are as satisfactory as on the ViewSonic P95f (i.e., 75 Hz in all the resolutions supported).

For image geometry, the T765 is a model of its kind. In all high resolutions (starting at 1280x1024), it was constantly up to par. No trapezoid effect or distortion occurred when changing resolutions. With just a few adjustments to screen position, a virtually perfect image was displayed. The OSD was relatively easy to use, with a direction pad where the center is used for validation. There are many options for all sorts of adjustment, including convergence and moiré. One of the strong points is that you can do without the OSD, because Eizo provides a utility called Screen Manager Pro, which handles all the OSD functions through the software. You just install the program and connect the monitor with a USB cable. This ingenious system is much more precise and ergonomic than the direction pad.

The T765 has a Fine Mode key to access the contrast, brightness and color temperature configurations: Movie, Text, Graphic and Browser. It is easy to change from one to another just by pressing the key. Note that the monitor is also "Windows Movie Mode" compatible. This mode is used for optimum adjustment for video playback. Video moiré was hardly discernible and was resolved by a bit of tweaking. The same went for convergence, which was flawless. Note that the T765 uses numerical convergence correction, which divides the screen into 256 squares. This gives greater precision to the adjustments. As for color rendering, the T765 was one of the best in the test, but a bit disappointing nonetheless. We would have liked it to be outstanding, given its price and overall electronic quality. But it was not to be! The view of the color chart shows that contrast and richness are good, but not exceptional. Even when color settings are adjusted, you notice that the yellows, for instance, are not as deep and clearly rendered as on the Iiyama Vision Master Pro 454 or the ViewSonic P95f. What a shame! Otherwise, the T765 is notable for its unusual approach and overall quality that users will really like.

  • lolsir
    Hi!! I am from 2010 and i want to tell you guys that you guys had some really nice boring review back in the days without any graphs...
  • I just took a Hitachi CM721F into daily use alongside Hitachi CM771, the shadow mask CRT does offer good color rendition without visible support wires of Trinitron-type solution.

  • badugi
    Im willing to buy this monitor, anyone selling one? will pay.
  • CHISEL_954
    iiyama Vision Master Pro 514 22" CRT .24 Bought back in 2004 (wow time flys) and still looking at it as i type. What a excellent monitor (still). I think around $500 bucks in 04. I had a different iiyama model 5 years before that. So the crt's where made of great quality that lasted--but i don't think the lcd that they make are near the quality of the past. :(