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...