Around the 24T1E’s rear we find an odd mix of good and not so good. First of all we appreciate the physical on/off switch. However, in terms of connectivity this display leans towards the TV side of things, lacking the DVI port found on most proper hybrids. At least there are two HDMI ports and, in a thoughtful touch, Asus has included stereo phono inputs to hook up audio if you’re using a DVI to HDMI adapter. There’s also an optical audio and stereo phono outputs for connecting external audio devices.
Further rear-facing connections come in the form of a VGA port with its own 3.5mm stereo audio jack, component, S-Video and composite and two SCART sockets – not to mention the entirely necessary aerial socket! Finally, around the sides, you’ll find a headphone jack on the right and a CI card slot on the left hidden discreetly behind a flap.
Together with the excellent remote, Asus has done a stand-up job on the unique OSD, where one switches by rotating an icon ring. It’s attractive, colourful and logical. Asus offers a number of presets, which aside from being a tad garish for the Theatre and Game modes are fairly well configured and can (mostly) be altered manually.
Adjustment options are extensive, including individual colour intensity and temperature, noise reduction and dynamic contrast (which Asus calls ASCR), in addition to more common settings such as brightness and sharpness. These good menus combine with an EPG that’s serviceable, if not remarkable in any sense, to make setting up and playing with the TV aspects of the 24T1E a pleasure.
Visual quality of digital TV broadcasts is decent. As long as it’s left on its medium setting noise reduction does an okay job – you don’t even need to turn it off for HD material – but there’s little other processing going, so don’t expect this to match even a more affordable ‘proper’ telly.
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