The Good Image quality; design; value.
The Bad Awesome on-screen menu.
The Bottom Line For those looking for a line of widescreen monitors, be sure to consider the FP241W. It works at full 1080p resolution, has stunning image quality, plenty of video inputs, and good value for money
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The market for 24-inch widescreen monitors is competitive. The recent efforts of BenQ, FP241W are opposed by a number of other well-known products, but its claims to be the world’s first 1080p monitor and HDMI port make it a compelling proposition.
There are several things more satisfying than stealing a 24-inch monitor on your desk – their size and presence give you the feeling that you have caught up with Jones and left them panting in your dust. The FP241W is one of the most beautiful 24-inch we’ve seen – its slim panel and shallow arch base are easy on the eyes, plus it’s very easy to assemble right out of the box, taking just a few seconds to connect the screen section to the stand.
The lower left corner has a BenQ embossed logo and a couple of stickers in the upper right corner that you want to remove if you don’t have a pin. BenQ would certainly not object to the removal of these stickers – the company refused to install buttons on the front to keep the appearance as clean as possible. The FP241W buttons are located on the right edge of the monitor on the right side. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to understand which buttons are performing the goal – you will need to tilt your neck to the right or guess a lot before you get used to the layout.
There are eight buttons in total. The power button is located far from the other buttons to avoid accidental power-down. Below is a selection button that doubles as a PIP. Below are the up and down navigation buttons, followed by the menu / exit button, which activates and deactivates the OSD. Finally, there is the input switch, the auto control button and the ‘mode’ button.
The latter switches the display between several preset screen configurations consisting of Standard, Movie, Dynamic and Photo. Each mode optimizes the contrast, brightness, and color settings to best suit the task. Like all upper screens, the FP241W has the ability to rotate and tilt. This allows you to rotate the screen 180 degrees between landscape and portrait orientation. The latter can be useful for viewing long documents that require a large scroll.
BenQ delivered a large number of inputs to the FP241W. Specifically, there is an HDCP connector compatible with HDCP (High Bandwidth Protection), but you’ll also find DVI, D-Sub, S-Video, composite and component video. The monitor also has a built-in USB hub with two ports, which can be very convenient.
Image quality was excellent on FP241W. Unlike some monitors that use 6-bit panels (usually those that quote a ridiculously low 2ms response time), this offering uses an 8-bit panel that can display a full 16.7 million colors at the expense of a bit slower response time. Here they are 6 m gray-gray and 16 m turned on, which is not bad at all.
Although reaction times are not as fast as on other screens, we found the FP241W to be absolutely great in gaming and fast video – few ghosts. Moreover, the image quality was for the most part exceptional. Color reproduction was noticeable across the spectrum, and it was a pleasure to enjoy high-definition movies or image editing.
FP241W is hard to criticize – it’s just not right. There are a few small knobs, for example, that the menu buttons are on the side of the monitor, not the front, where you can actually see them. And the fact that the menu button is located in the middle of a group of OSD buttons that complicates its selection, but these are things that you can get used to over time.
Another criticism was that the screen had a slight difficulty displaying almost black tones. The black color looks the same as the black color, so in dark scenes there is an accidental loss of detail. The screen is also extremely bright – jump out of bed to check last minute email (you lost) and its brightness of 500 cd / m2 will search your retina.
Our final capture will be the height adjustment method, which is done by pushing a button on the back of the stand. The button is extremely hard to press, and in fact it can be quite painful. Fortunately, you don’t have to adjust it too often, unless, of course, there are multiple users on the monitor with different height settings.
We cannot blame BenQ FP241W. It’s good value for money, has great image quality and is stylish to view. If you sell a 24-inch widescreen monitor that supports 1080p “Full HD” and has an HDCP-enabled HDMI port, it’s very difficult to beat.