Eizo Foris FS2735 Review

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In Short: The Eizo Foris FS2735 boasts a remarkable picture quality that rivals professional graphics monitors while maintaining low input-lag for responsive and smooth gaming. On the downside, the extremely high cost puts it in a rather niche corner. People looking for a display that serves both their professional and hobbyist needs will love the FS2735, but those only looking for a high-quality gaming monitor are likely to steer towards more affordable offerings. 

Review: Eizo may be an unfamiliar name amongst most gamers, but they’ve been a trusted brand for professional designers and photographers for decades. They’re known for manufacturing anything from high-end arcade machine monitors, medical display systems, air traffic control monitors, and of course, the acclaimed ColorEdge series of graphics monitors. In a nutshell, Eizo has a long history of delivering excellence across various industry needs. The Foris line is Eizo’s attempt at reaching out to a new audience: gamers. 

Pros:
Stunning PQ and excellent color accuracy
+ Responsive and smooth gaming
+ Beautiful design
+ Flawless screen uniformity
+ 5 year warranty
+ Superb customer support
+ G-Ignition makes tweaking easy

Cons:
- Price
- Freesync means Nvidia users are left out

The Eizo Foris FS2735 is designed with a modern and minimalist aesthetic in mind. Regardless of your gaming setup, the FS2735 looks stunning as the entertainment center piece. The body is fully matte (thank you Eizo!), so things like fingerprints and dust never become a noticeable nuisance. The beautiful and matte IPS screen repels reflections even when working underneath a skylight in my office, and it unquestionably relieves eye strain when typing/gaming for long hours.


"The Eizo Foris FS2735 may be the first flawless display I’ve ever tested. Black, white and grey uniformity tests all yield perfect results, and there isn’t a single hint of clouding, banding or ghosting when images are in motion. DSE is entirely non-existent!"

Display technology has come a long way, and Eizo has always been at the forefront as the leader in color accuracy and overall picture quality. Purchasing an Eizo product is equivalent to acquiring a luxury vehicle. Every part of their product line receives the elite treatment, and when it comes to quality assurance, very few manufacturers can match Eizo’s track record. 

One of my very first tests when analyzing new displays is the examination of potential manufacturer defects. Uniformity issues, dead pixels, and DSEs (dirty screen effects) are all possible flaws in modern displays - whether they’re televisions or monitors. Some are normal and expected, while others severely impact image quality. 

The Eizo Foris FS2735 may be the first flawless display I’ve ever tested. Black, white and grey uniformity tests all yield perfect results, and there isn’t a single hint of clouding, banding or ghosting when images are in motion. DSE is entirely non-existent which results in an incredibly smooth image during panning shots in movies and games. The Foris FS2735 is a testament of Eizo’s incomparable quality assurance. Considering how many issues I face with different types of displays on a regular basis, one could easily argue that much of the extra cost goes into thorough testing to ensure customers never receive duds. And did I mention that the FS2735 comes with a five-year warranty? As far as customer service goes, it doesn’t get better than that.


"The out-of-the-box calibration is near perfect. Foris monitors use Eizo’s G-Ignition software for tweaking settings, and it takes mere second to get desired results."

The FS2735 is a 1440p, 144Hz, AMD FreeSync display with an incredibly low response time of only 4ms. It comes with two USB 3.0 ports, one DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, a DVI-D port and a nifty little cable holder that attaches to the base for keeping the desk surface clutter free. The display is tiltable in all directions (35° up and 5° down), which is practical for photo-editors and designers. The 1000:1 contrast ratio and 16.77 million display colors provide a rich and vibrant image, and it impresses whether you’re a gamer or professional artist.

I use this monitor for two things: gaming and professional design/illustration work. Having said that, color accuracy and proper black/white levels are incredibly important to me. This is why I personally tend to avoid brands like BenQ—their models have great response times, but horrid picture quality. The FS2735 is a godsend for people looking for a pro-gamer/pro-art hybrid. The out-of-the-box calibration is near perfect. Foris monitors use Eizo’s G-Ignition software for tweaking settings, and it takes mere second to get desired results. My review unit only required small gamma adjustments (the 2.2 reading was off and the 2.4 yielded more accurate results) as everything else was practically flawless. 

You can even sync up your smartphone with the Foris to monitor incoming notifications via the mobile G-Ignition app. This is particularly useful if you’re gaming with headphones and don’t want to miss important calls. By choosing from a variety of fun, little pop-up designs (like Pac-Man) you can customize the look of your incoming messages that appear on the bottom of the screen. When your phone rings, the little icon will pop-up in the screen corner ( while your game is running ) to let you know there’s a call.


"Overall, the Eizo Foris FS2735 is a phenomenal monitor for both gamers and professional graphic artists. The picture quality delivers a transformative experience."

As with most gaming monitors, there are added features that enhance visibility during motion and light/dark scenes. Eizo’s patented Smart Insight Demolition technology does a great job of revealing minute details in overly bright and dark games and movies. The technology’s effectiveness is especially impressive in games like Outlast or Alien Isolation where the majority of the environments are enveloped in darkness.

Gaming on the FS2735 is pure bliss. Everything looks crisp and vibrant, while motion remains buttery smooth thanks to Eizo’s impressive anti-blur technology. Colorful games like Overwatch are an exemplary showcase of the company’s brilliant IPS display. Thanks to the excellent color accuracy, older games feel like HD remasters. For the past two weeks, I’ve combed through countless genres in my library, in search for any faults, but the FS2735 impressed continuously. 
Since I also work as a graphic designer, I’ve used the FS2735 for a variety of different projects like website designs, magazine layouts and even editorial illustration work. The Foris has been an invaluable asset to my creative work, and I can’t imagine working with anything else.  

Conclusion: Overall, the Eizo Foris FS2735 is a phenomenal monitor for both gamers and professional graphic artists. The picture quality delivers a transformative experience. UI in apps and games, text, colors—everything is richer, crisper and cleaner when switching from a mid-range display to Eizo’s Foris. Its biggest downside is the $1300 price tag. It’s simply too high when considering that high-quality 4k monitors are available for the exact same price. Nevertheless, when it comes to Eizo, you’re also paying for reliability and what I personally consider a flawless product. 

Review by: Tin Salamunic    

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