BenQ FP241VW 24in Widescreen LCD MonitorFormer staff writer - July 4, 2007
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Set Up Display:
DisplayMate suggests using the “Set Up Display” option to properly set up your monitor before beginning any tests. “Set Up Display” runs through many screens to help you adjust brightness, contrast and other picture quality enhancements. Up until now, I have not reviewed a monitor of this size or of true 8 bit color depth. On previous monitors, “Set Up Display” consisted of 34 screens; without actually counting, this monitor alone had over 300, including its different variations of screens and variables. Added were more black and gray and white level test screens along with color tracking, image overscan, aspect ratios, advanced picture level, image expansion and color misregistration or convergence.
Many of these added test screens are due to the fact that the BenQ FP241VW can be compared to an actual TV or projector. When you are gaming or watching a movie, you should be concerned with how images/colors are tracked, how they converge, etc. As scene lighting and backdrops change. transitions should be smooth, blacks should be the truest black and color changes should not have any fluctuation or streaks, commonly know as ghosting.
The first block of test screens are focused on brightness and contrast, which focus on black and grayscale.
The following progress from grayscale to white, while later testing color purity, color tracking, and so forth.
Color intensity, Gamma tracking, size and position, sharpness and moiré interference patterns are also included.
Last but not least are text readability, font size, bandwidth, and a master screen that you can use to perform a quick setup.
So far what differences have I seen between this monitor and the others tested (Acer 17 in LCD, Princeton 19in LCD, and BenQ FP222WH LCD)? Looking at four monitors with test screens up for any amount of time makes you dizzy.
When placed next to a 6 bit monitor, you can clearly see a difference in color and clarity. I now understand what dithering is. Setting up this monitor was easier than the others. Once I set my contrast and brightness to the first screen, I did not have to readjust it through the rest of the setup; all others required a constant readjustment (some less than others). The video bandwidth readings acquired (checkerboard matching) were at 100%, 255/255 with a contrast and brightness being 47/26.
The BenQ FP241VW also has a 500cd/m2 rating (cd/m2 or candela per square meter indicates how well you can view a monitor/TV in bright light conditions). The higher the value, the easier it will be able to see in bright light conditions (the average monitor/TV is 350 cd/m2). Being 500 cd/m2 made a big difference during the day, and at night, when I had my overhead lamp on, there was less need to actually close a shade or dim the light as I needed to with the other monitors.