Iiyama Prolite GB2773HS; An In-Depth Review

Most gaming monitors uses TN panels which were supposed to keep their prices low. However, with the demand for ultra-fast response time and higher refresh rate, prices of good quality gaming displays have gone up. Though there are reasonably priced alternatives out there, they can still be expensive for gamers on a budget. Enter Iiyama Prolite GB2773HS, a cheap gaming monitor that is said to rival some of the best gaming displays in today’s market. But how does it really stand against the fierce competition? Read this in-depth review and find out

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Who is it for?

The Iiyama Prolite GB2773HS is a well-equipped and huge gaming monitor that brags fast response time and high refresh rate. There’s nothing extraordinary about this display, but what makes it a good choice is its cheap price tag, making it a good alternative for hardcore gamers who are looking to save big in a new 27-inch gaming display.

 

Benefits

 

The Iiyama takes pride in being a real game changer; striving to provide consumers, particularly real hardcore gamers the competitive gaming edge for demanding games that requires fast-twitch reaction time and split second decision. All of their gaming displays are well-engineered to provide smooth and judder-free graphics through fast-paced games. Iiyama Prolite GB2773HS is a big 27-inch gaming monitor that is said to rival even the best gaming monitor of its size in the market today – the BenQ XL2720T. Its main weapon is the 144Hz refresh rate, which makes way for significant tearing reduction and silky smooth visuals.

 

1ms Ultra-Fast Response Time and 144Hz Ultra High Refresh Rate

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Iiyama Prolite GB2773HS is built for gaming, that’s for sure. Nothing extraordinary about its picture quality, as it only delivers Full HD 1920 x 1080p at TN panel. But, it lives up to its manufacturer’s dream of being a game changer as it brags an ultra-fast 1ms response time, alongside with 144Hz refresh rate. This means flawless gaming experience with smoother graphics motion in action-packed fast-paced games, less fracturing and judder-free animations. However, to run on its 144Hz refresh rate, this monitor requires a graphic card that supports dual link 144Hz DVI.

 

Mediocre Color Quality, But Can Be Improved Ten-Fold Through Calibration

The factor color quality setting of this display is quite off the mark. Its colour temperature has an average of 12366 K, with weak red and magenta coverage, causing the screen to look with an cool (icy blue tinge). Its 2.4 gamma level makes the screen dark. Also, the average Delta E is at 8.6 colour fidelity, which is quite inferior to most gaming monitors out there. A good gaming display is at Delta E 3 or under for accurate colors. sRGB colour gamut settings is at 89.1%, which is below average as well (but within the average range of TN panel displays).

The colors however, saw a significant improvement when you switch the setting from “Color Adjust” to “Warm.” This setting improves colour temperature to 6555K, though it can raise the gamma to 2.7 making gray look darker than they should, it is far more acceptable than its previous setting. Delta E also improves to 5.5, but colors are still not fully rendered. It also results to a little contrast loss, as the screen only scores 200 cd/m², but it still can put up a very good 950:1. Whites remained nice and consistent throughout the display, with 5% average variation.

After some calibration however, the picture quality is far way better, even better than what BenQ XL2720T offers. It sets sRGB colour gamut to 97.6%, which is considered outstanding, as it shows accurate colour performance.

 

With Advanced Contrast Ratio to Automatically Adjust and Set Contrast Level to Suit Different Viewing Needs

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ACR or Advanced Contrast Ratio is a convenient feature Iiyama equipped in Prolite GB2773HS. Contrast Ratio is the one the measures the difference between the lightest white and the darkest black on your screen. Different images and videos may require different contrast ratio settings. The ACR works by automatically setting the right brightness and contrast level, assuring perfect quality picture as you play on your video games or watch movies in this monitor.

 

Overdrive Helps Ensure Blur-Free Experience

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When the display is showing very fast graphics, images can be blurry. Turning the OverDrive feature on eliminates this issue, providing 100% smooth gaming and viewing experience.

 

VESA Mountable for Improved Comforts and Ergonomics

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Like any other good quality gaming monitor, Prolite GB2773HS comes with VESA standard mounting holes, which means you can always use third-party ergonomic solutions to mount this display to a more adjustable and versatile solutions such as desk mount with adjustable arm, fully adjustable stand. Should you want to mount it on your wall, you can use wall mount solutions.

 

Dual Monitors and Multiples Monitors Setup Options

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As a gaming monitor, Iiyama understands the importance of ergonomics, which is why they equip the ProLife GB2773HS with a nicely adjustable stand for viewing and gaming comfort. For those who feel it’s not enough, you can make use of the VESA mounting standard holes and pair this display with a more ergonomic solution. Also, as a gaming display, users would love to multiple their resolution by putting this monitor with another one for dual monitor setup. If you’re looking for that setup, then you can use the LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm or LX Dual Stacking Arm both from Ergotron. Both arms can extend up to 25 inches, with 18 inches range adjustment, allowing you to push your monitor completely out of the way when not in use, and free your desk. It is a very versatile solution, easy to setup and install to your workstation, and effortless to use.

 

Design and Features

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The Iiyama GB2773HS sports smooth rounded-off corners with glossy finished bezels on its edges. The casing is matte, giving the cabinet a unique look. However, as with other shiny surfaces, the shiny plastic in front attracts dust and fingerprints.

 

Buttons and Controls

This display uses touch-sensitive buttons, and they’re all well-placed on the bottom right-hand corner of the cabinet. The OSD (on-screen display) comes with a nice retro design, while its menu settings is quite responsive, making navigation through various options pleasantly easy.

 

Has all The Basic I/O Ports You Need

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This Iiyama monitor has all the basic connectivity options you need for gaming and everyday use, with has some nice extras as well. It has VGA, HDMI and DVI ports, and a couple of audio input and output and audio jack.

 

With Bonus Basic Built-in Speakers

Iiyama is establishing its name as a generous brand of quality displays. One good example of this generosity is the built-in 2.5W speakers in ProLife GB2773HS, quite a convenient feature for anyone looking to use it instead of external speakers. The speakers’ quality are decent, they perform fine in relatively quiet setup. But obviously, the quality saturates when you crank its volume up.

Don’t want to disturb other people with your games or movies? Plug your headset to the headphone socket and enjoy you’re the audio with your preferred headphone.

 

With Adjustable Stand for Comfort and Ergonomics

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Gamers spend long hours playing in front of their computer or gaming console, and like any other good manufacturer, Iiyama understands gamers’ the need for comfort and ergonomics. Thus, they equipped this product with a height adjustable stand, allowing perfect positioning of the display for optimal viewing comfort and ergonomics. It can also swivel 45⁰ to both left and right directions, and tilt 17⁰ forwards and backwards. It doesn’t however, allow pivot function. This means users don’t have the luxury to spin this display from landscape to portrait orientation mode and vice versa.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes power cable, DVI-D cable (dual-link), HDMI cable, audio cable, stand, quick start guide, safety guide

 

Bottom Line

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Like the Philips Brilliance 242G5DJEB, which we also reviewed in this site (check the review here), the Iiyama Prolite GB2773HS is a good-quality gaming monitor that brags 144Hz refresh rate, but doesn’t support3D. The out-of-the-box color quality is mediocre, but a little calibration can go a long way. Colours look warmer, brighter and more vibrant. Shadows highlights are pretty illuminated. For users who need more details however, a slight increase in contrast through the onboard menu settings can help.

All in all, Prolite GB2773HS is a straight-up, no-nonsense gaming monitor. It doesn’t have the fancy 3D capabilities or sophisticated gaming-centric features that many of its expensive competitors like BenQ XL2720T has. It does however, come with fast pixel response and high refresh rate for smooth visuals that even gamers on a budget can afford.

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