A lot of LCD monitors have problems with greyscale gradation, but the FP241W had no such issues. The 256 level intensity ramp DisplayMate test showed an incredibly smooth transition from the upper to lower ends of the intensity spectrum, without even a hint of green or pink creeping into the midrange, as is often seen on other screens. Likewise, the 64 step greyscale test showed no issues with colour ingress, while the FP241W didn’t suffer from any compression issues at either end of the intensity spectrum.
Colour performance was every bit as good, with the 256 level colour intensity ramp displaying a smooth transition from high to low, with the red green and blue channels all looking as pure as they could be. Likewise, the colour scales test was spot on, with no compression at the high end and every single colour falling off uniformly at the last block.
The stand is probably the best I have seen on any monitor. Bizarrely, it doesn’t look like it would be particularly steady, but it is in fact rock solid. Despite the fact that the stand plants the FP241W to your desk, it takes up a minimal amount of room – I’ve actually seen stands on 19in monitors take up more desk space. There’s also no denying that the stand looks sleek and stylish and matches the screen itself perfectly.
The stand offers a full range of movement, as you’d expect with a 24in widescreen monitor. There screen can be raised and lowered vertically, and I have to say that I’ve never encountered a stand with better damping than this one – you really can slide the screen up and down with the pressure of a single finger. When you push the screen down to the very bottom of its movement it locks into place – there’s a button at the rear of the stand which will release it for vertical movement once more. If there’s one criticism it’s that I couldn’t set the screen as low as I would have liked.
The panning movement is every bit as smooth as the vertical movement, with the rubber feet on the stand keeping it clamped to the desk while the screen pans on the central column. The screen will also tilt forwards and backwards, helping ensure that you find that elusive, perfect viewing position.