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BenQ FP241W 24in Widescreen Monitor review




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BenQ FP241W 24in Widescreen Monitor
  • BenQ FP241W 24in Widescreen Monitor
  • BenQ FP241W 24in Widescreen Monitor
  • BenQ FP241W 24in Widescreen Monitor
  • BenQ FP241W 24in Widescreen Monitor
  • BenQ FP241W 24in Widescreen Monitor
  • BenQ FP241W 24in Widescreen Monitor
  • BenQ FP241W 24in Widescreen Monitor
  • BenQ FP241W 24in Widescreen Monitor
  • BenQ FP241W 24in Widescreen Monitor
  • FP241W 61 cm 24" LCD Monitor 1920 x 1200 - 16:10 - 6 ms - 0.270 mm


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At the end of March I looked at the Samsung SyncMaster 244T and was amazed at how much it offered considering the price. At the time, finding a good 24in 1,920 x 1,200 monitor for around £800 was quite impressive, but it seems that things have moved on considerably since then. Sitting on my desk right now is the BenQ FP241W 24in monitor, which has even more tricks up its sleeve, while hitting a price point that makes the Samsung look expensive.

The first thing that you notice when you take this BenQ out of its box is that it comes in two pieces, like the Dell 2405FPW did. This makes it really easy to lift the FP241W out of the box – you simply place the stand on your desk then just clip the screen to the front of it. I was actually amazed at how easily the screen clipped into place and how secure it was afterwards.

Once set up you’ll see that despite the large screen size, BenQ has managed to surround the panel with a very slim bezel, at just under 2cm. That said, this is only very slightly slimmer than the bezel surrounding the Dell 2407WFP, but somehow it looks far slimmer, perhaps due to the silver, rather than black finish. The bezel and fascia are also kept very clean, with only a BenQ logo in the bottom left and an LED at the bottom right. There are some stickers in the top right corner, but you’ll probably remove those so that they don’t spoil the clean lines.

In order to achieve this clean fascia, BenQ has moved all the buttons to the right hand edge of the screen. At first this can be a little annoying since you have to stick your head around the side of the monitor in order to see which button does what. However, once you’ve been using the FP241W for a while, you just instinctively know where each button is and what it does, so there’s no need to crane your neck.

There are eight buttons in total at the side. The power button is at the top and is slightly separated from the others to avoid accidental activation. Below this is the Enter button, which also doubles as the Picture-in-Picture switcher. Next up are the up and down arrow keys, which also act as shortcuts for brightness and contrast adjustments. There’s the Menu/Exit button next which brings up the OSD and exits from it when you’ve finished making your adjustments.

Jesper G

August 20, 2008, 12:04 am

Ok Its 2008 now... Is this still the best 24" monitor around? Really?? I read the review about the Dell 2408WFP, it seems to have some small (?) afflictions. I can not find this monitor on Benq´s homepage. Is the FP241WZ an update of this one, with the same excellent performance? Please answer this question pleeeeeeeeeeeaaase!!!!

Hans Gruber

August 21, 2008, 4:56 am

Yes, it's the same model but with the improved 'black frame insertion' motion smear reducing model. so technically better. LCD tech suffers from persistence in pixel switching - ie - they can't quite change colour fast enough and so there's a faint ghosting left behind. Inserting a black frame (faster than the human eye can really detect) is meant to kill this light residue off a fair bit so fast moving action doesn't display ghost artifacts. I'm using the original but am a lot less than 100% impressed with it. It does however have very good colour reproduction, contrast, black level support and is mighty bright. I personally don't have any problem with the above ghosting described though it does affect some more than others, however for standard definition material (I view tv on the monitor at times too) it can suck big time, especially for sports. Watching the football is not do-able which is pretty disappointing for a 'perfect' monitor really.

I don't think BenQ's technical support division is up to much though. The first monitor I had had significant banding and in attempting to sort this (relatively minor) issue out, they sent me two duds (DOAs) and then a screen that's even worse than the one I started out with. On top of the colour banding I now have a nice under-the-screen dirt mark permanently smeared so it can't be cleaned off plus regular intermittent monitor black outs, which is a very disconcerting effect when you're busy playing an online game and people are trying their best to kill you.

The 10/10 score needs to be taken into context by the offerings of more recent models, and particularly by other manufacturers as I don't think BenQ have even matched this level of performance let alone beaten it. The new Dell's with a very wide colour gamut range look good (the higher price usually signifies greater specification).

I'm not completely unhappy about this monitor (who could be?) but BenQ really need to sort their technical repair sub-contractors out to get the credibility of a reliable company. I've fallen into melancholy since I'm aghast and now apathetic with their defective support department. Giving up is easier.

Jesper G

August 22, 2008, 4:19 pm

Thanks Azro!

"The 10/10 score needs to be taken into context by the offerings of more recent models, and particularly by other manufacturers as I don't think BenQ have even matched this level of performance let alone beaten it."

But I don't understand why the reviewers of this site keep referring back to this display as the one the other brands can not beat (see the recent review of the Dell 2408 for example)? Does not the newer offerings bring more to the table (wide gamut, new technology..) that puts this Benq display in the shade? I would like the reviewers comment on this as well. Two years in technology development is like normal millennium

Hans Gruber

August 23, 2008, 10:51 am

Best place to ask is in the TR forum, Jesper G. You can read through the (long) BenQ FP241W thread and weight the pros and cons yourself. I doubt you'd be unhappy with the monitor if you bought it, but that would rather depend on the price you paid.

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk... TFT Central is a good place to go if you wish to get updated info on any popular TFT (LCD) monitor. Here I've linked you the Dell TR reviewed and note Dell have since issued two or more firmware revisions, updating the monitor's internal software and thus dealing with some of the issues the monitor was purported to display (pun slightly intended). The BenQ FP241W series were NOT problem free and pretty much had a million people griping about some issue (however significant) or other. There's a magnum opus of a thread over at the http://www.hardocp.com/ forums all about this monitor. I've recounted my own problems with it and you should not expect absolute perfection from a monitor unless you really go very high end indeed with an Eizo or similar with proper colour calibration built in.

It all depends on what you want your monitor for, a general do it all monitor like the Dell or BenQ or absolute colour accuracy as with NEC, Eizo et al's professional range. Scout about.


November 10, 2008, 6:58 pm

I have bought this monitor after reading the reviews here and it was a real dissapointment.

First it is so slow you can't really use it for gaming. I haven't had the chance to compare it with another LCD but as first impression, it's just too slow for gaming.

Second, as it comes out of the box, the contrast and brightness are so high, the picture is distorted. I had to put both brightness and contrast to 0 (zero) before I could start using it.

Third, it can not make a true red color. The red on this monitor is orange. So for graphics sucks.

And YES I have benn trying all kind of calibrations. It's just not it. I wouldn't give it more than 6 on a 1 to 10 scale.

Control buttons, are on a side so if you need to do adjustments on it you need to turn the screen so you can see the labels on the buttons. It's really inconvenient.

I am selling it and will go for a dell ultrabright. My laptop is a dell with ultrabright screen and it's a dream. If they made the 24" screens as good as the screen on my laptop, I'll be more than happy.

James 9

December 20, 2008, 10:52 pm

About two years ago I bought this monitor. I cannot afford to upgrade my PC so am going to get a PS3 / X-Box 360. As the monitor has no speakers, does anyone know how I can connect the screen (via HDMI) and my Logitec X-530 to, for example, a PS3; I have read about a Logitech games consol adapter which I do not have - would that still work as it was meant for the PS2?




January 14, 2009, 10:56 pm


A PS3 can be set to output sound on a "regular" sound cable while still outputting video through HDMI. Video and sound settings are separate, so there would be no problem for you to get the sound through a regular PC sound system or similar.

Ian 10

March 10, 2009, 3:40 am


I'm looking at getting a 24" widescreen with HDMI so that I can attach an Xbox 360 Elite as well as my PC to it. I was wondering how you reckon the BenQ FP241W shapes up against the NEC MultiSync 24WMGX3, and if there are any other alternative 24" monitors with HDMI.




April 22, 2009, 10:54 am

I got BenQ FP241WZ - a bit newer model. As a photographer I can give 9 for image quality. I don't like tones in-between black and white and sometimes in-between some colour and white. On white side it's giving to you a some kind yellow tone. I'm not black and white photographer so it's not a big problem to me. I think for designers that ghostly yellow can be annoying too...

Full HD movies and games looks just stunning.

When I bought a monitor I paid 𧼮 and it's came faulty with some spot on the screen. I called to BENQ and it was changed in few days (15 days policy after purchasing).

I'm using monitor 8 - 12 hours a day and after almost 3 years I got on the screen some ghostly lines. There is a few some kind lines or liny mark on 2x5 inch area that you can see sometimes and very hardly. I see it maybe a few times a month when I'm working with pictures. I don't know causality of this failure but because it's almost not troubling me I'm don't bother about it.

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