The Eizo Foris FS2735 is a premium 2K monitor designed with cutting edge performance for gamers. This model sits in a lucrative, but a highly competitive segment of the display market with a more expensive price tag than most. The cost of ownership together with the brand’s reputation for professional-grade products begs the question: Is it worth its weight in gold regarding its capabilities, or is it just another option most would short list or ignore when shopping for a shiny new gaming monitor?
Eizo Foris FS2735 Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 2K QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 4ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 350 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes (2 x 1 Watt)
- Stand: Height – Yes (6.1 Inches)
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5°/+35°)
- Stand: Swivel – No
- Stand: Pivot – Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes 100 x 100
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 2, USB 3.0 x 3,3.5mm Audio Jacks x 2 (In/Out)
- Dimensions with Stand(WxHxD): 24.36” x 21.60” x 7.8”
- Weight: 15.7 lbs
Design and Features
The Eizo Foris FS2735 avoids the gaudy aesthetic treatment and instead goes for a subdued, but sophisticated vibe, with reasonable bezels on each side. The matte black texture works well for any environment since it does not attract dust, scratches, or lingering fingerprints so keeping your gaming monitor looking snappy is a breeze.
The cabinet is pleasingly slim, thanks to the discrete bulge on the back with a striking design. The red stripe which declares this monitor’s gaming pedigree combines with the gentle lines and beautifully emblazoned logo to give the Eizo Foris FS2735 the premium touch it deserves. Despite its size, this model with its design only weighs 15.7 pounds, making it one of the lightest models available on the market.
Most of the Eizo Foris FS2735’s connectors are in a down firing position below the bulge. You will find a DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 1.4 slots, and a USB upstream port. There are two 3.5mm jacks for audio in and out, plus a pair of 1-watt speakers for basic sound. The set doesn’t look as impressive as we would like to hear on any premium monitor, so you might want to forego this and use dedicated devices.
The tactile OSD buttons including the multi-direction joystick are conveniently located below the I/O layout, making it accessible from the front via the bottom bezel. There is a convenience hub with two USB 3.0 slots available from the left, but its placement is too deep on the rear panel so users might struggle to utilize them.
The Eizo Foris FS2735 has plenty of flexibility in its sturdy stand, with the mechanism offering tilt, pivot and height adjustments. Surprisingly, you can’t swivel this product to the sides, although you can tilt the massive screen backward up to an angle of 35 degrees. The base is more or less half of what other models carry, but it does provide enough stability with its unique design to the whole device. The mechanism is removable to reveal a VESA 100 x 100 bolt pattern so you can mount this gaming monitor to a wall.
Display and Performance
The Eizo Foris FS2735 sports a 27-inch IPS panel with a 1440p resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and 4ms response time. Out of the box, the screen can display 100% of the sRGB gamut with a Delta E of 1.08, which is impressive for a gaming monitor. Contrast sits at a middling 600:1 at maximum brightness, although blacks still appear healthy even if they are a shade lighter than the ideal. Even the semi-gloss AG coating is fantastic because it doesn’t affect the images with graininess or tinting.
The backlighting can only go up to 330cd/m2 which is excessive for most users, but the screen sometimes looks brighter than it should be due to the 2.1 gamma score. Setting it 2.2 or 2.3 should fix the discrepancy if you find that the extra glow bothers you. With these numbers, images and video appear lifelike and vibrant, plus you get to enjoy the crisp details and depth of the Eizo Foris FS2735’s output thanks to these numbers.
Any user wouldn’t need extensive calibration for the Eizo Foris FS2735, but it’s included OSD is one of the best we have tested so far. There are adjustments for Saturation, Gamma, Hue and Black Levels including a contrast enhancer, plus there is a blur reduction overdrive feature. There are imaging presets available including one for sRGB and reading, but we found it best to use the default settings or create your profile and save it into the OSD.
The Eizo Foris FS2735 also allows all these adjustments via your keyboard and mouse if the joystick is still troublesome, but the best way to tinker with this device is to download the mobile app and connect it via Bluetooth. You might need to access the Overdrive settings time to time depending on how fast the screen is operating because you only need Overdrive Standard for 100Hz and below operation, while the upper threshold requires Overdrive Enhanced mode to alleviate pixel interlacing due to the slower response of IPS panels.
Input lag is impressive at a minimal 5ms, making the Eizo Foris FS2735 ideal for competitive gaming. Over the course of our Overwatch test session, we did not notice any disconnected or delayed feel while the cartoony theme of the title was pleasantly vibrant and crisp. There is little more you can ask for in a gaming monitor like this, although some engrossing AAA titles with stupendous graphics requirements might stutter at 1440p.
Thankfully, the Eizo Foris FS2735 includes FreeSync with a range of 56Hz to 144Hz and a lower bracket of 35-90Hz. Even the latest Radeon RX 580 might struggle with some intensive titles, so having a smooth variable refresh rate solution which does not incur any performance penalties could come in handy. The one downside to FreeSync is that it locks your PC with AMD graphics cards which at the moment, doesn’t have a high-end model for high-performance, max graphics gameplay.
The Eizo Foris FS2735 is an excellent gaming monitor in both performance and design, but it costs more than similar and more popular models like the Asus MG279Q which goes for a little less. The extra cash you pay buys premium features like tweaking via a mobile app and Bluetooth, but for many, these are sometimes useless extras. Although these options are nice to have, most would rather take the time to find a perfect setting, and leave the monitor as it is.
Eizo is a popular name for pre-calibrated professional monitors, and even if they don’t claim that the Eizo Foris FS2735 was treated the same before shipment, it’s out of the box performance is fantastic. Whats holding us back from recommending this excellent product is its price and availability. Currently, it is available in the EU with a price tag of a little over a thousand Euros, while in contrast, the Asus MG279Q is now selling for only $600.00 in the USA via this link.