If you’ve ever worked in an office before, then I can almost guarantee you’ve heard at iiyama. They’re usually seen up and down the country in corporate locations, as basic monitors for the office computers. But now, they’re branching out into the gaming market, and we’re lucky enough here at TechNuovo to check out one of their new offerings… the iiyama G2470HSU.
The panel here is 24 inches in size though there is a 27-inch panel available if that’s more for you. It has a matte finish and has a max resolution of 1920x1080p with a 165Hz refresh rate and is built around IPS technology. It is extremely bright, measuring at 369nits at 100% brightness on my panel here, but when it comes to 0% brightness, it’s still kicking out 139nits of brightness which is still somewhat bright. It it does give decent colour, though we’ll get into that in a moment because some work had to go into this monitor to get it nice and accurate. The contrast ratio advertised by iiyama is 1100:1 and when I ran the monitor through a calibration, I found that it really sat closer to 1170:1 at 100% brightness and 1100:1 at 50% brightness so all good with its contrast.
Colour accuracy however pre-calibration was pretty terrible. It came back with an average Delta-E of 3.70 and a maximum of 7.12 and a minimum of 1.31. It’s disappointing to see, because after calibration, it improved a hell of a lot, but it means having extra gear to get to that stage, and not everyone is going to have that gear. It’s not expensive by any means, but it’s not ideal if you’ve already purchased your nice shiny monitor. After the calibration, the average Delta-E hit 0.92 with a max of 4.32 and a min of 0.11. This max was let down unfortunately by the blue colour tones, but this isn’t something new, and we’ve seen this before. Finally, on colour, the monitor hit 99% sRGB, 77% AdobeRGB and 78% P3 colour gamuts. So nice and perfect for gaming, but not so great for colour grading your photo or video content. I did also find however that the monitor aligned more towards the green side, which I needed to counteract by adding a little red from the RGB menu. Not a huge deal, but I would have liked to have seen a little more accuracy in the colours from the box.
At 50% brightness, the iiyama G2470HSU overall was pretty decent, though had a hotspot on the right-hand side. At 100% brightness though, its uniformity wasn’t good, with hotspots appearing again on the right, but some intense dark spots appearing at the top left and middle. The Backlight bleed was exceptionally well controlled here too, and was very surprised for this panel, not to really be affected by it.
But as this is a gaming panel, let’s talk about gaming. Now being a 165Hz refresh panel, your framerates are going to be nice and buttery smooth. The iiyama monitor here performed I must say pretty well playing first-person shooter titles like Battlefield 2042 and Overwatch. And being a 1080p resolution monitor, it made the games extremely easy to drive. I am running a Ryzen 7 5800X and a 4070Ti here on my PC so games that I threw at it performed exceptionally well. Even playing through slower titles like V Rising, which I’m playing through with Nick at the moment, looked great when flicking the camera around. Of course, having the gaming spec I have, 1440p would have offered that extra sharpness, but if you’re a competitive gamer, along the lines of Valorant, Warzone 2.0 or similar, then the iiyama G2470HSU is perfect.
Around the back you can find a DisplayPort 1.2 and an HDMI 1.4. You don’t need anything quicker than these given the resolution to refresh rate,. though if you are using an HDMI cable, be wary that you will only be able to hit a maximum of 144Hz at 1080p. You’ve got Freesync Premium though for that variable refresh rate goodness, and I noticed no tearing while playing games. There’s also a USB Type B to receive from a desktop or laptop which will power the USB Type A hub so you can plug your keyboard, mouse, wireless dongles and memory sticks and all that directly into the monitor. It does have a headphone jack and the monitor is capable of audio playback. It sounds rough, so use a gaming headset or speakers. But that’s really expected from any monitor these days.
Its stand is fairly basic. It has a nice surface area so it’s not taking up too much space on the desk. It’s got two skinny feet coming to the front and one small at the back. It’s got some cable management which is nice if you’re not mounting it. This version I have here, being the G, means it only has a tilt on the stand. The GB version has a swivel and rotation as well. The cost between them isn’t huge so it might be worth going for the cheaper model if you didn’t need the swivel. The monitor in its entirety is matte black by design, with a very skinny bezel. There’s no flashy RGB, coloured plastic or anything like that here.
The menu is accessed via a number of buttons on the back right-hand side, which is a bit old hat now, and extremely fiddly to get right. iiyama should have gone with the analogue stick-style controller here. Many times I clicked a button thinking I was selecting an option, only to find myself going back through menus. Inside of the menus though you can find your usual brightness, colour temp settings, blue light filter, volume settings and all that kind of thing. For gaming though you’re probably going to want to stick to the first menu for your picture settings. There’s an overdrive setting, and I had this set at -1 as this seemed to work the best during our UFO Test and anything other than this seemed to produce a really noticeable ghosting.
In the settings you’ve also got an MBR setting to aid with ghosting, however, I did keep this switched off because it darkened the panel significantly, and in my opinion, didn’t really make a whole lot of difference to the overall ghosting effect that comes with the panel, especially as I already had my overdrive set to -1. And finally, the only other setting of note really towards gaming is the Black Tuner, which will lighten darker areas. I kept this at +1 to give shadows a bit of a lift, but I definitely don’t need to ruin my colours to get competitive. I’m not a competitive gamer at all really. It’s X-Res technology sharpens text which didn’t do a huge amount in my eyes, and its pro-colour setting adds a preset colour grade for things like text, FPS games, RTS games and the like. I left them both off in the end.
Despite the colour being a little on the green side from the box, I actually think that iiyama has smashed it out of the park with the G2470HSU. Price wise you’re looking at under £200, which for a gaming monitor of this calibre is pretty fantastic. I’ve seen it for as little as £134 on the likes of eBuyer here in the UK and you definitely cannot complain about that. Its minimum brightness is a tad bright, but if you’re someone who likes that outright brightness at 100% in your face at all times then you’ll see no issue. For gaming and media playback like movies and videos on YouTube, it’s absolutely fantastic. Check out the iiyama website to find out more information.