As I use my computer for a lot of gaming, I was somewhat hesitant to make the transition from the bulky days of CRT to the very expensive, poor performing LCD monitors. However, the Iiyama Prolite E43S has not made me regret the decision to 'keep up with the times' one bit.
The first thing of note about this monitor, asides from its very reasonable price, is the rapid response time of 10ms. This means the monitor has absolutely no problem keeping up with the most action-packed scenes in movies and games without losing any colour or contrast. I have never once seen any ghosting or blurring; the image quality has always remained consistently fantastic.
The wide-viewing angle also means the monitor is brilliant if you wish to use it for watching movies at a distance, without having to tilt it at awkward angles. Even for close-up word processing though text is crisp and clear and helps avoid some of the eye-strain that trying to read blurry text for long periods of time can cause.
Colours are always bright and sharp and the contrast is also well defined. There are also plenty of options in the menu which allow a lot of customisability. This is quite useful as I found the default settings made the display blindingly bright and the 'auto' button is very useful for when you manage to mess up and just want a quick fix.
The unit manages to take up minimal desk space and is also incredibly lightweight at 3.5kg. I've also found it to be very durable, as mine has survived a fair few journeys in which it has been just carelessly slung around and there has been no damage either to the screen or the base. The monitor looks very tidy and functional in the black but again, it may be a little too functional and plain for some people's tastes.
The one downside of this monitor is a known bug which causes it to fail to remember settings upon restarting the computer, which can cause a few issues with colour balance and on mine, the picture looking fuzzy. I have owned the monitor for at least 4 years without this being an issue and thankfully, there is a solution but it can be a frustrating fault if it appears.
Height adjustability would be another nice bonus that this monitor lacks and if you are a fan of any extra functionality such as headphone or USB ports then this unit will appear incredibly barebones. However, for the money I feel the performance definitely more than compensates for this.