Eizo Nanao FlexScan L767
At a Glance
The FlexScan L767 had the highest overall image quality scores in tests against seven high-performance competitors for our March 2004 issue. While good all-around, it especially shines in graphics quality--with top marks, for example, in displaying digital photos or fine transitions in our color-scale test. Eizo touts its use of a 10-bit (1024-step) internal lookup table to smooth out the shadings and color gradients specified by the 8-bit (256-step) signals coming from the operating system of the PC or Macintosh machine. The goal, according to Eizo, is to produce the smoothest transitions from the very lightest shades to the very darkest--a progression known as the gamma curve.
Perfectionists can further refine the L767's performance with its advanced software and adjustment options. The bundled ScreenManager Pro for LCD software runs on your PC and controls the monitor via an included USB cable. Among the intuitively designed software's features is a fine-contrast control that lets you set specific brightness and color levels for each application installed on the PC. A button on the monitor bezel also allows you to toggle between five color and brightness modes: presets for movie, text, and picture screens; a user-defined level; and an sRGB mode for matching on-screen colors with output from an SRGB-compliant printer.
Not unexpectedly, all these goodies come at a somewhat steep price. At the time of our review, the FlexScan L767 sold for $900, or $165 more than the average price of all the 19-inch LCDs in our March 2004 roundup. For this outlay, we would have liked better ergonomic adjustment options. The FlexScan L767 doesn't swivel from side to side, and the height adjustment mechanism is stiff, with limited travel. The monitor includes two small, weak speakers mounted at the bottom of the bezel, which also includes a headphone jack. We do appreciate Eizo's five-year warranty (with three-year coverage for the backlight). Most vendors provide three-year coverage for all components.
Though it lacks a few design frills, the FlexScan L767 has quality where it counts. Graphics pros or serious hobbyists are likely to find this monitor's image quality worth the extra cost.
Eizo Nanao FlexScan L767
19-inch screen, 1280 by 1024 native resolution, 14.6 pounds, patterned vertical alignment panel, one analog and one digital input; tilt, swivel, height adjustments; TCO'03-compliant. Five-year warranty (including backlight); 24-hour daily toll-free tech support.