'Retina' by Iiyama: Iiyama ProLite XB2779QQS 5K monitor review

Sharply-priced screen



A 5K monitor for 1000 dollars? Iiyama has recently added one to its product range. Internally, the ProLite XB2779QQS features the same panel as the 27 inch Apple iMac with Retina screen. The 5120 x 2880 pixel counting screen offers a very sharp display with 218 ppi. The exterior design is also a bit like an Apple monitor. Is the XB2779QS too good to be true, or a good deal?

Monitor manufacturer Iiyama is mainly known for business models with a focus on a good price-quality ratio. That's why we were surprised when the XB2779QQS appeared in our Price Comparison. With its very high 5K resolution, it's one of the most advanced models in Iiyama's line-up, and at 1000 dollars it's also the most expensive monitor in the range. At the same time it is typical of Iiyama to launch such a monitor: in absolute terms the monitor is not cheap, but for a screen with such specifications you paid twice as much not so long ago.

Apart from the colour, the XB2779QQS is a twin of the earlier Iiyama XB2779QS, with one 'Q', which we tested in 2013. With its design, the screen is once again very similar to Apple devices. It's a bit confusing that the new monitor has almost the same name as the old model, although there's some logic in Iiyama's naming: the XB2779QS has exactly four times as many pixels as the old monitor, so you could call it a “quad quad HD” screen.

Internally, the XB2779QQS also bears many similarities to an Apple product. Iiyama has exactly the same panel built in as Apple does with its 27 inch iMac with Retina screen. Although Iiyama does not promise it explicitly on the product page, we can already tell you that, just like the Retina iMac, the screen has an extra large colour range, combined with an extremely high brightness. In addition, the display is finished in the same way with a glass plate on the front, giving the image even more sparkle than a matt screen.

On average the XB2779QQS costs 750 pounds in the Price Comparison and we can therefore safely speak of a price breakthrough. The first 5K screen to reach our test lab, the Dell UP2715K, cost more than double at the time. Although prices have since fallen, the XB2779QQS is the cheapest 5K monitor. In any case, there are very few other options when considering a 5K monitor: only a few manufacturers have so far introduced such a screen. These include Philips with the 275P4VYKEB, HP with the Z27q and LG with the 27MD5KB-B. The latter is better known under the name 'Ultrafine 5K display' and is currently only sold through Apple stores.

A summary

The Iiyama ProLite XB2779QQS seems too good to be true: an Apple-style display and 5K IPS panel for less than 1000 dollars. Nevertheless, the test results are generally above average, while some scores really stand out. It's nice that Iiyama hasn't saved on connection options or an adjustable foot either. If you are looking for an extra sharp monitor and can live with the small beauty flaws, the XB2779QQS is recommended.

  • No sRGB mode
  • Some copies may contain retention
  • Favourable price
  • Adjustable foot
  • Many connections
  • The DCI-P3 colour range is almost completely covered.
  • 5K possible via one cable in conjunction with recent video card
  • Good image quality across the board

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Iiyama ProLite XB2779QQS

27 inch, 5120x2880, 218 ppi, IPS, 60 Hz, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 4 ms, 440 cd/m², 1200 : 1

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