The 27-inch Iiyama E2710HDS isn't just big; it's also bloody bright. Thank the powerful backlight for that. It may only be a conventional CCFL unit rather than a fashionable LED lamp, but it endows this monitor with impressive 400cd/m2 chops and extremely clean and powerful whites.
The E2710HDS comes through the Lagom test suite rather well, too. Okay, there's a bit of visible banding and pixel fizz in the gradient test, but by the standards of a TN panel, there's relatively little compression in the white saturation and black level tests. Likewise, the viewing angles are good for a TN panel.
As you might expect from the 2ms rating, another strong point is pixel response. Indeed, combined with the powerful backlight and 27-inch diagonal, the result is an unquestionably awesome gaming screen. It's no slouch when it comes to movies, either.
Admittedly, there is a little backlight bleed at the edges. But black levels and contrast are otherwise quite good. Similarly, this panel does not suffer from as much viewing-angle related colour inversion as some TN screens. Consequently, there's lots of depth, clarity and detail in movies.
As for colour saturation and vibrancy, the E2710HDS is also a slight cut above the TN norm. It's not going to scare a good VA panel for vividness, but it doesn't scream TN as soon as you turn it on.
That said, it's worth remembering that a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 stretched over the 27-inch diagonal makes for fairly beefy pixels. It would also be nice to have an adjustable stand rather than a tilt-only base.
So much panel. So little money. While we often moan about the sheer ubiquity of TN technology in PC monitors, the upside is that you can now buy a large, Full HD monitor for a relatively small sum. Even better, the Iiyama E2710HDS is bright, fairly vibrant and very responsive. Impressive stuff for less than £250.
This panel is so cheap for its size, any complaints seem churlish. Still, with a standard HD resolution, the extra size doesn't buy you any pixels. Strictly speaking, superior visuals can also be had elsewhere, most notably from BenQ's startlingly affordable 24-inch EW2420 and its talented VA panel.