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BenQ Expands 16:9 LCD Line-Up

Gordon Kelly


BenQ Expands 16:9 LCD Line-Up

BenQ has a fine tradition when it comes to monitor innovations: back in 2006 it demonstrated the first HDMI monitors, it currently has the thinnest 24in monitor on the market in the shape of the V2400W and it also unveiled the first commercial 16:9in monitor in June. Now the company is at it again...

Taking up from where it left off with the E2200HD and E2200HDA it has unveiled its next line of 16:9 'Full HD' displays and also made some interesting predictions about the direction of the display market.

The 'M2200HD' (pictured) and 'M2400HD' are 21.5in and 24in models respectively and feature native 1920 x 1080 pixel resolutions, HDMI 1.3 and DVI interfaces with HDCP support, 10:000:1 dynamic contrast ratios, lightning 2ms grey-to-grey response times and bundled 2MP web cameras.

Viewing angles are also predictably impressive for such obviously multimedia centric displays at up to 170 degrees horizontally while integrated 2x 1W stereo speakers will may save valuable desktop space for some. An impressive three year, on site exchange warranty is also not to be sniffed at.

Perhaps just as interestingly however was talk from BenQ about the future of 16:9 displays which it sees as eventually becoming the dominant monitor standard. The argument holds some water too because while many - myself included - had issue with the continued loss of our vertical pixels, the flaw in this argument is you actually get more pixels in a 22in 16:9 display (1920 x 1080) verses a 22in 16:10 (1680 x 1050). This tapers off on the 24in line where 16:9 remains at 1920 x 1080 and 16:10 hops to 1920 x 1200 but the benefit is then felt in our wallets.

For example, the 22in 16:9 LCD is anticipated to be in the region of £150 - that's about 10/15 per cent more than a 22in 16:10 with less pixels. In the 24in region a 16:9 will release for around £250 compared to £300+ for a 16:10 24 incher and it's all because the reduction in physical horizontal length means more displays can be cut from each factory panel. Yep, it's a convincing argument - particularly during a recession credit crunch.

Look out for the BenQ's 16:9 monitors over the next month or two. It could just be the start of a another aspect ratio revolution...




September 12, 2008, 5:23 pm

Sorry to pick you up on your grammar, but the correct English is "fewer pixels", rather than "less pixels". It's a pet-hate of mine when people get this wrong! Otherwise, an interesting news item. The Grammar-police have left the building...


September 12, 2008, 5:48 pm

@Beaky69 - a pet hate mine is writing 8-10,000 words a week taking apart new technologies and being picked up on individual grammatical mistakes ;)


September 12, 2008, 5:49 pm

like this one: "pet hate OF mine"* :)


September 12, 2008, 6:57 pm

A 22" 16:9 is 100dpi though, and given that a lot of people seem to prefer 1680x1050 in 22" (90.dpi) instead of 20.1" (98.6dpi) I'm not convinced there.

I think 16:9 may have some market at above 24", say a 26" with 2144x1206 resolution (94.6dpi). This would be enough to have two 1024 pixel wide windows next to each other, something that neither 1920 format provides.


September 12, 2008, 8:19 pm

Personally, for a media-centric display, I find that 16:10 is a better aspect ratio; because with a 16:9 aspect screen, playing back 5:4 or 4:3 media you end up with huge black bars down the sides and a relatively tiny viewing area. With 16:10 you have a good compromise between 4:3/5:4 and 16:9 aspects. You may end up with black bars in both cases, but they're not that large for either...

Additionally, for gaming on older non-widescreen games, a 1920x1200 screen can use 1600x1200 4:3 resolution compared to a 1920x1080 screen that can do a 4:3 ratio of....um... there isn't a standard res' 1080 pixels high...


September 14, 2008, 6:32 pm

This is definitely the future standard 2009 and beyond... to play the full HD1080 on a 22" monitor. I would definition consider to buy this LCD monitor in Q4, 2008 PC purchase consideration list. Great!!! keep it up, BENQ!! Good JOB!!


September 15, 2008, 12:59 pm

I run on a 1920 x 1200 24" now, and whilst I'd like native full HD, I won't be switching until games can run effectively at 1920 x 1080.


October 7, 2008, 1:05 am

This looks better than the E series, pity it's not available in black though.

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