BenQ FP241VW 24in Widescreen LCD MonitorFormer staff writer -
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LCD Test Script:
DisplayMate comes with many scripts that can be run to test your monitor (CRT, LCD), video cards, projectors and even a setup for printers. My reason for using the LCD script was to check if my settings that I had made while using the Set Up and Tune Up programs had made a difference. I ran the LCD script prior to adjusting the monitor and after adjusting the monitor.
The LCD script test has a timer and I set it to 30 seconds a screen; included in the test are screens from all the other tests. The differences that were achieved after running it the second time were the same or better. My brightness and contrast were set somewhat high before running any of my testing, and the sharpness of some of the models was more vibrant the second time around. Overall, the quality of the picture and transfer of images was increased.
- Applications (Photo Shop & MS Word)
Words cannot define how much of a difference a widescreen monitor makes when gaming. The view and your perspective changes so dramatically, it takes some getting use to. I don’t think anyone would choose to go back to a normal screen again.
Out of the four monitors tested, by far the BenQ FP241VW is the winner. With the BenQ FP222WH coming in second, Princeton 19D third and the Acer AL1714 rounding out the end. I played two games on the BenQ 241VW, Call of Duty 2 and Need for Speed Most Wanted. Each was chosen for their genre as I wanted to test both action and racing game modes. Along with the two mentioned modes, Standard mode was also tested for comparison.
Call of Duty 2:
I don't normally play at such high resolutions, but I did play COD 2 at 1920 x 1200 just to see how well the monitor could handle it. In standard mode I did notice some minor ghosting and at times some slight waves when moving quickly. When changed to action game mode, it all disappeared. Action game mode automatically changes the AMA Z setting and locks it to 2 out of 3. How I could best describe the difference would be that it seemed to add contrast, and at the same time increased luminescence, while getting rid of all ghosting.
Need for Speed Most Wanted:
NFS Most Wanted was played at both 1280 x 1024 and 1600 x 1200 (using a program that enables higher resolutions). I’m not positive if it was because of the game's limitations, but at 1600 x 1200 both standard and racing game modes were somewhat blurry at time, like when going through overpasses or passing a lot of background. Racing game mode locks the AMA Z 3,which added even more contrast and luminescence than the Action Game Mode. I would be lying if I said it didn’t do what it was meant to do, but at least in this game I still prefer standard mode.
I happen to be a Japanese monster movie buff, so two of my all time favorite monsters happen to be Godzilla and Gamera, the flying fire breathing turtle. Since I watched Godzilla (Final Wars 2004 WS) in my last review, I figured I’d do it again and see how movie and dynamic mode work compared to standard. AMA Z does not lock in these modes, and can be changed from 0 to 3. I wasn’t too impressed by dynamic mode. Even with changing the AMA Z settings, it seemed to add noise or speckles. Movie mode worked great and I found that I prefer AMA Z to be set to 2. It made the picture crisp, while enhancing deep colors. Transitions were flawless and I felt as if I were watching the movie again for the first time due to the many changes in the quality I was seeing.
I use Photoshop and MS Word almost every day, so it is important for me to have a clear, crisp, vibrant picture. Different fonts need to be clear and not blurred or they tend to hurt my eyes. Fonts deal with the monitor's capabilities to transfer sharpness and contrast toward the inner and outer edges of the font itself. Font readability was good with this BenQ, they were well defined and clear. For Photoshop, I was more interested in seeing saturations and hues of colors. I like to change things and create a nice blend of color when I am creating images or just trying to enhance an image. I decided to use Photo mode and yes, it did make a difference. The transfer of color and transitions were clear and concise, pictures were more vibrant, and while working, a picture in higher zoom pixels looked sharper instead of a blob like I am used to seeing.