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Iiyama ProLite Touch T2736MSC 27in Professional Monitor Review

Rating: 7.5.

Lots of laptops now come with touch screens that you probably rarely use, even if your notebook is a transformer / 360 version that is designed to double as a tablet. But very few desktop monitors offer this facility. Nevertheless, for demonstration purposes or content creators, this could be an essential feature. Enter the Iiyama ProLite Touch T2736MSC, a 27in screen with fingertip sensitivity.

The T2736MSC looks fairly normal, albeit somewhat chunky by today’s 27in TFT standards. The screen surface is also a lot more reflective than most. But other than that, this panel looks like a normal monitor.

However, it has a relatively modest 1920 x 1,080 resolution for a 27in screen, and uses the AMVA variant of VA panel technology, which provides better contrast than IPS and TN can offer, at 3,000:1. Although the panel itself boasts a reasonable native brightness of 300cd/m2, the touch layer reduces this to 255cd/m2, and Iiyama doesn’t make any claims on gamut.

The bases are all covered where connectivity is concerned, with VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort video connections available, plus a minijack output for headphones or external speakers, However, stereo 2W speakers are also integrated. There’s a four-port USB 3.0 hub, too.

Since the T2736MSC is such a specialist product, it’s no surprise that it doesn’t come cheap. Over £400 inc VAT is a lot to pay for a 27in Full HD screen, but on the other hand its abilities are relatively unique, so read on to see if it’s a touch of class or could do with a helping hand.

Specification:

  • Screen size: 27-inch, 16:9 aspect
  • Native resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
  • Refresh rate: 75Hz
  • Panel type: AMVA
  • Contrast ratio: 3,000:1 (typical)
  • Brightness: 300cd/m2, 255cd/m2 with touch
  • Response time: 4ms Grey-to-Grey
  • Display inputs: HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA
  • USB hub: Yes, 4 x USB 3.0
  • Tilt: 3 degrees forward, 73 degrees backward
  • Raise: No
  • Swivel: No
  • Other: Minijack audio output, stereo 2W speakers, projective capacitive touch with 10 touch points (with supported OS)

Retail Price: £419.95 (inc. VAT)

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