Monitors are complicated beasts. Not only do they come in different sizes and resolutions, but they feature various combinations of inputs, scaling, colour balancing and backlighting. Not to mention the various panel technologies. So you might think manufacturers would make an already confusing situation just a little more straightforward by at least making it obvious what you're buying.
But as some of you might have found out the hard way, that's not always the case. Dell and Samsung spring to mind as two of the more famous examples of companies that sold different panels in the same casing and under the same model name. This led to customers only finding out whether they had a bargain or bad deal upon opening the box - never an ideal situation.
Hyundai has added its fair share of confusion with its premium 24in monitor range. First we had the Korean-assembled W240D, which came in either TN (5ms or 2ms) or PVA varieties. After some concerns about build quality, Hyundai came up with the German-assembled W240D V2, again either TN or PVA. And though the screen we are reviewing now is actually its successor, Hyundai hasn't stopped doing it with the W241D, as it still comes in TN and (S-)PVA flavours.
At least Hyundai clearly labels the different versions of its W241D - once you know what to look for. Rather than needing to hunt for some obscure part of a batch number, the company sells its TN model as simply the ‘W241D', whereas the PVA alternative can be found under ‘W241D PVA'. Thankfully, all the online retailers I've checked make the same distinction, meaning it's easy to get the one you want.
Of course, we wanted the best version of the two, and thus got in the one with the more expensive Samsung S-PVA panel. Benefits ought to include better contrast, colours and viewing angles, while a 6ms response time should still ensure a gaming experience free of noticeable ghosting.
Hyundai claims its W241D PVA is a display for those who want it all, and initial impressions suggest that it's unlikely to disappoint. To begin with, you get a separate ‘accessories' box, containing a very generous bundle that includes A-B USB, analogue VGA, DVI, HDMI and 3.5mm audio pass-through cables. You also get a generic and frankly terrible quick start guide, plus a CD with the driver and a complete user guide.
The monitor itself is equally impressive. In terms of visual design, the W241D is beautiful, though not unequivocally so. The bezel and stand are finished - yes, like every other piece of technology I've reviewed recently - in mirror-shine piano black. Combined with the rounded base and large, white Hyundai logo, it's rather reminiscent of Samsung's Pebble range.