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Hardware Benq FP241W

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 7 Nov 2006.

  1. Gridneo

    Gridneo New Member

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    I would say wait for the news on the BenQ firmware upgrade and go with it... I certainly am... if the FP241WZ has the 1:1 pixel mapping fixed firmware and the ghosting improvements are actually worthwhile, I'm over all them... Nobody gets my money unless they truly release an exceptional product; I don't see that with the Dell or Samsung 24"ers...
     
  2. lostart

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    Confirmation on lack of pixel scaling

    We took delivery of our FP241W last Friday (I had pre-ordered on
    Overclockers' website in September).

    I can confirm that the rudimentary firmware/setup provides no control
    over display size/asprect ratio/scaling. Nothing. We have a Panasonic
    HVX200 (high def DVCPRO HD camcorder) with component output;
    when this camera is connected to the BenQ's component input the image
    is stretched vertically, becoming 1920x1200 (16:10) instead of 1920x1080
    (16:9). While the BenQ still provides vastly improved clarity for
    fine focusing, this scaling issue is unacceptable in a product targetted at
    high def enthusiasts.

    I can also confirm that clips recorded at 1280x720 on this camera, when
    played back, are scaled to 1920x1200. And they look awful. This is
    professional footage (shot for a music video for a well known 80's ska
    band) and when played at its native resolution looks stunning; after
    the poor scaling algorithm of the BenQ gets through with it it looks awful.

    So if you are a high definition video enthusiast, I strongly recommend you
    avoid this monitor and look elsewhere. You WILL be disappointed!

    Okay, that's the bad news. Here's the good news.

    As a computer monitor, it's great; 1920x1200 via DVI-D from a Mac Pro.
    And as a "Cinema Preview" monitor in Final Cut Pro, it's fine, because
    the software ensures that the video is displayed at 16:9 (as expected,
    letterboxed; 1920x1080 footage plays full width with black borders at
    top and bottom)

    But the lack of any control over how high def content displays is
    inexcusable...I wish now I'd gone for Dell, Samsung or
    Fujitsu-Siemens 24" w/HDCP instead.
     
  3. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    Interesting :) Thanks Lostart.
     
  4. lostart

    lostart New Member

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    Confirmation on lack of pixel scaling

    No problem, hope it was helpful!
     
  5. midnightoil

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    Glad I stumbled onto this thread, I'm a week away from getting this display.... so as I read this I figure if I'm only playing games and using it as a display I'm ok?? I have a plasma and lcd for movies so I wont be using it for dvd's...
     
  6. Lethal

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    This monitor still the best in 24" sizes?
    Noticed there are other cheaper 24" monitors around.
     
  7. FatMikel

    FatMikel Statistically not that fat...

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    I've had mine for nearly a year now. Still awesome as ever. Can't beat the component, VGA, DVI connections and the 3 USB port hub built into the display. I got mine on sale for a little over £350. Well worth it. Dunno what the prices are like now.
     
  8. Lethal

    Lethal New Member

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    Prices must have gone up, it's £450. I want the black edging though. I think I get the wz version instead.
     
  9. gvblake22

    gvblake22 mmm, yep

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    Be careful of those cheap 24" monitors because they use the TN panel type which has a poor viewing angle and color reproduction compared to the nicer PVA or IPS panels.
     
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