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And if you want to read a very, very long document, you have the option of pivoting the screen into a portrait orientation. There is even pivoting software bundled in the box, although most graphics drivers will do this for you these days.
There’s also an integrated USB hub, with two ports on the left hand side and one directly on top of the screen. The latter is there to take advantage of BenQ’s USB webcam that just slots straight in, with no need for messy trailing cables. The webcam is an optional extra, but BenQ couldn’t tell me how much it will be at the time of writing.
BenQ hasn’t been too stingy with the extras either. In the box you’ll find a DVI cable (it says optional in the manual, but the website says it’s included and I had one in the box), a D-SUB cable, a USB cable, a quick start guide and a full user manual on disc. There’s no HDMI cable provided, but to be fair to BenQ, I’d expect to get one of these with a source device, as I did with my Sky HD box.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, the FP241W makes my previous favourite monitor look decidedly expensive – although £835 was a bargain for the Samsung back in March, you’re still going to pay around £740 for it now. BenQ on the other hand has been incredibly aggressive with the pricing for the FP241W, and it’s already available for a truly staggering £646 including VAT! And with that in mind, it’s impossible not to recommend this screen.
I’ve looked at a few BenQ monitors over the years, but the FP241W completely rewrites the script. Not only does it have the widest array of inputs that I’ve ever seen in a desktop monitor, but the image quality is equally impressive, while the price is truly incredible. Even the design and build quality of this screen are both first rate. When you throw the HDCP compliant HDMI port into the equation, BenQ really does have every single base covered with this screen. Put simply, if you’re after a 24in widescreen monitor, this is the one to buy.
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