Iiyama ProLite XB2776QS-B1 preview: affordable WQHD

It took a while, but Iiyama recently announced its own WQHD monitor, a screen with an impressive resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. The Iiyama ProLite XB2776QS-B1 is a 27-inch monitor just like the WQHD models from the other manufacturers, but its pricing makes the Iiyama entry very interesting.

27-inch monitors with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels have the highest pixel density that is available to normal consumers. Of course there are higher resolution monitors available in the business segment, but for those you will have to sell an arm and a leg.

Apple raised eyebrows early on with its Cinema Display late last century, and these days the Cupertino brand uses WQHD monitors for its 27-inch iMac and its Thunderbolt Display.

Dell followed came with the UltraSharp U2711, a monitor that was replaced this year by the U2713HM and the U2713H. We've seen other brands do the same, a more basic model with the sRGB spectrum and a professional model that supports AdobeRGB. The latter is overkill for home use, and even sRGB isn't required for most things, but great for photo editing.

A few different panels are used in these types of monitors. The majority come from LG Display (not the same as LG Electronics) which makes IPS panels, and Samsung makes its own PLS counterpart. WQHD monitors are still very expensive, but perhaps Iiyama's ProLite XB2776QS-B1 will start a trend of more affordable monitors with a resolutions of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.

It costs an average of £579 or € 579, and can be found for a mere £480. It's significantly more affordable than the Dell UltraSharp U2713HM, which is an excellent monitor and a good one to compare the Iiyama to.

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