EIZO FORIS FG2421: 240Hz 23.5-inch VA Gaming Monitor

EIZO FORIS FG2421 review

The EIZO FORIS FG2421 is one of few 120Hz-plus monitors that are equipped with VA panel and unique in a sea of TN panels. A Vertical Alignment (VA) monitor is superior because while TN panels have a low response time they also suffer from a poor contrast ratio and limited viewing angles. This 23.5 inch gaming monitor has a 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080), meaning that it has a pixel density of 94 pixels per inch which is on par with similar monitors.

Features

Disappointingly the FORIS FG2421 does not come with NVIDIA’s G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync technology. This means that the monitor’s refresh rate will be dynamically changed to compensate for any change that might occur in frame rate. The only alternative then is to use V-Sync which adds input lag and can affect gameplay.

The monitor is special in that it has TURBO-240 technology that EIZO developed to eliminate motion blur. Turning on the feature, like on all monitors with similar ones, will have the monitor take a hit in the brightness so it is not without its setbacks. Despite its hype as a 240Hz monitor and we should clarify that this is indeed a 120Hz monitor. This runs counter to EIZO’s potentially misleading advertising as the monitor simply does not support a true 240Hz refresh rate. Rather what it does is use backlight strobing or pulsing in to manipulate the monitor. Nonetheless, we experienced clearer and better gameplay with the TURBO-240 turned on.

Design

EIZO FORIS FG2421 detail
The monitor is mainly black with a subtle addition of orange on the back complemented with an LED-lit EIZO logo. The stand sits on a deceptively small base that is surprisingly stable and shouldn’t cause any problems when adjusting. The FORIS FG2421 offers a great number of options to adjust the monitor to your viewing pleasure as the height, swivel and tilt are all fully customizable. This is useful as VA panels have a great reputation in use as part of a multi-monitor setup. A nice feature for when you’re heading to LAN parties is the cleverly designed handle for carrying. This comes at the expense of not being VESA-compatible however.

The settings of the monitor are controlled by six buttons located in the middle of the monitor. We have a special mode button to quickly enable and easily change preset configurations. We encourage users to toy with the settings as they are not ideal and you will probably need to change them to achieve optimal brightness and contrast. It should also be noted that the monitor includes a sensor that detects the lighting conditions in the room and adjusts the screen display accordingly. This can be incredibly useful in rooms with large windows as lighting fluctuates throughout the day.

Connectivity

The EIZO FORIS FG2421 offers the set of connection options that we see in most gaming monitors – Dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI. Included in the box are DisplayPort, 3.5mm audio, and USB cables with the monitor. We have the AC/DC converter in the monitor housing, so we don’t have a box on the power cable that we don’t know where to put and we can use the standard power cable which comes with the monitor. There are also two USB 2.0 ports on the right side of the monitor and a 3.5mm audio jack input.

EIZO FORIS FG2421 Specifications
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Panel TypeVA
Screen Size23.5 inches
Resolution1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio16:9
Refresh Rate120Hz
Response Time1ms
Connection Option(s)HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2, DVI-D
Built-in SpeakersNo
VESA Mount CompatibilityNo