Exterior Design and Ergonomics
As opposed to glossy and sleek home-oriented models, the F2x80 series monitors are designed in a purely functional and practical way. The case is angular and painted a demure matte black. The screen bezel is slim, but the big and square stand spoils the impression somewhat. The monitor would look far more elegant without it.
The side view is typical of work-oriented models, too. While the case of a home monitor is usually smoothed out so that there is not a single sharp edge, this monitor has a square protrusion in the center of its back that accommodates electronics and serves as the fastening point for the stand. The monitor does not look elegant in profile, but you immediately get the feeling that it’s a serious device meant for serious work.
For all its unassuming looks, the stand offers all screen orientation opportunities imaginable. You can adjust the height of the screen (from 9 to 19 centimeters with the F2080 and from 9 to 21 centimeters with the F2380), tilt the screen as necessary, turn it around its vertical axis (the sole of the stand does not move at that), and even pivot it into portrait mode. The monitor moves on its stand easily, without jerks. The stand can be fixed in folded position with a special pin for easier transportation.
The stand can be removed and replaced with a standard VESA-compatible mount using the mounting holes under the decorative cap on the back panel.
There are no cable holders on the stand.
The selection of connectors is professional enough, too. There are as many as two DVI-D ports and a separate analog input, so you can connect a total of three sources of video signal to this monitor. HDMI is missing, but HDMI sources can be easily connected via a cheap HDMI→DVI adapter whereas modern graphics cards still come mostly with DVI outputs.
The monitor’s control buttons can be founded on a ledge at the bottom edge of the case. They are large and click perceptibly when pressed. There is a round cavity in the center of each button, excepting the Power button which has an elongated cavity to avoid confusion.
The button labels are on the other side of the ledge, facing the user, and are highlighted with a white Power indicator. The highlighting is mere decoration, though. The indicator is beautiful, but can only highlight the couple of labels right below it. Anyway, the labels are easily readable in daylight, painted black against a silvery background.
When the monitor is in sleep mode, the indicator begins to blink without changing color.
The buttons provide quick access (i.e. without evoking the main menu) to MagicBright modes, to the Brightness setting, and to choosing the video input to use.