However, the W241D is also evocative of the less attractive LG Flatron L206WU, as for some bizarre reason, Hyundai seems to have felt the need to not only finish the back of its monitor in shiny white, but to let slim strips of this show on both sides. The effect is odd, rather than ugly, and overall detracts little from what is a still a very stylish display.
Even better, style has not come at the cost of functionality, and this monitor offers all the adjustability you could ever need. The heavy stand allows a generous amount of tilt and swivel, as well as full pivot and good height adjustment, though it’s not as comfortable as on some other models. In terms of ergonomics, then, this Hyundai is easily up there with the best.
The good impressions continue when it comes to build quality, with strong, solid plastics all around. Connections, meanwhile, are very extensive (though not even in the same ballpark as Dell’s 2408WFP). Not only do you get the usual HDCP-enabled DVI and analogue VGA, but also component and HDMI. The only notable absentees are any SD inputs such as S-Video and composite, but then these are fast becoming redundant anyway.
You also get a small two-port USB hub on the left, and stereo phono and 3.5mm inputs to feed sound to the integrated speakers. Speakers on monitors are actually one of my pet hates, especially on multimedia ones where sound quality is more likely to be an issue. Honestly, I wish manufacturers would stop embarrassing themselves by tacking them on, as they are usually a waste of space and money. After all, you are likely to have at least one console hooked up, and portability isn’t really a concern when talking about a 24in monitor.
And while the speakers on the W241D are slightly less forgettable than on some other monitors I’ve tested recently, offering at least a semblance of treble and a tiny bit of spatiality, you still don’t want to do yourself the disservice of using them for movies or gaming. Nevertheless, there is a headphone socket, so at least the phono and 3.5mm stereo inputs are good for something.
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