This High Definition malarkey is all well and good but how many realise that owning a monitor with a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution is not the only requirement for HD viewing? An HDMI interface comes in very handy too and BenQ has just become the World’s first manufacturer to offer LCDs with one.
Introduced to us at the funky Sway Restaurant in Holborn on Friday afternoon, the FP241W and FP241WZ should be a multimedia aficionado’s paradise. They both sport massive 24in screens with 1920 x 1200 native resolutions to support 1080p playback, have brightness’s of 500cd/m2 and contrast ratios of 1000:1 but most importantly HDMI.
For those (still) not in the know, HDMI is the digital audio/video interface which will be used to carry full uncompressed High Definition content. It is backwards compatible with DVI-D and should be fundamental to any HD fanatic’s upgrade path (for a full run down check out Riyad’s extensive guide here). Naturally the two models also have S-Video, Composite and Component connections. They weigh an identical 10.6Kg, measure 567 x 248 x 474.2mm, incorporate lightening quick 6ms response times too and wide 178 degrees viewing angles.
So what is this ‘Z’ all about? Well it refers to an advancement in BenQ’s popular AMA (Advanced Motion Accelerator) technology which is designed to eliminate jittery motion lines and image ghosting. What happens is quite simple: alternative black frames are spliced between standard frames. Yes it sounds disastrous but in actual fact mimics the effect of a CRT and – I can confirm – the human eye responds far more naturally to it than traditional LCDs. The downside is it should be switched off for text work since it dims the screen.
A 100 euro premium has been slapped on the FP241WZ - making the two models 900 and 800 euros respectively - and it will be well worth the extra cash when both drop in August.
Also making an appearance at the event was the R Series FP91R, the first in the company’s new R range of LCDs for professional use. It boasts a 1280 x 1024 native res, 250cd/m2 brightness, 700:1 contrast ratio, SRGB standard colour, colour stability and fullness at all grey levels. A luminance compensation feature automatically calibrates for optimal performance and an independent six colour (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow) controller enables users to closely match their designs to printed materials.
The FP91R is height adjustable, pivots 90 degrees into a portrait mode and is equipped with D-sub and DVI inputs as well as two USB2.0 ports. At 415.8 x 482.5 x 276.6mm it is fairly thin for a specialist display and it weighs just 7.95Kg. An October release date is mooted for this one and it’ll set users back £886 including VAT.
Now back to those HDMI-ers. BenQ! Where is my long term loan sample…?