So far, Hyundai’s W241D has held up very well overall, offering great ergonomics and comprehensive inputs. But before we get onto picture quality, I would like to mention the controls, and another pet hate: touch sensitive buttons. When done right, as on, for example, Sony’s PS3, they can be stylish, slick and impressive. But when done wrong, they just try to look cool at the cost of user comfort.
Unfortunately, the W241D’s controls fall into the latter category. On the plus side, they do have a slight physical presence due to small raised symbols or letters indicating their function, and you always know when you’ve pressed one thanks to a sharp little beep. On the other hand, trying to use them in a slightly dark room is near impossible, a fact exacerbated by the clumsy OSD layout. Worst of all is that the input-selection button is located in the middle of the others, making it incredibly difficult to use without hitting the wrong one.
Also, my prayers for a dedicated aspect-ratio button still go unanswered, but then, the W241D doesn’t particularly need one, as it offers a flawless 1:1 pixel mapping mode. This means that Hyundai’s 24incher will display whatever you throw at it exactly as it is meant to be, without any stretching or distortion – a feature surprisingly few manufacturers of multi-input monitors have got right in the past. That said, when displaying a 1080P signal through component using 1:1 everything was fine, but a 1080i signal leaves barely visible bars of white pixels along the top edge of displayed content. I can only assume that this is an issue with the de-interlacing of the 1080i signal.
Of course, for those of you that would rather have a deformed image than black bars, there is a ‘full’ mode included, which will stretch any source to fit the 16:10 native aspect ratio. As a matter of fact, over HDMI and component, the W241D offers no less than ”six” aspect modes, including 16:9 and 4:3, and two zoom modes to enlarge material by 20 or 25 percent.
All the features in the world won’t save a monitor with poor image quality, however. So let’s find out what Hyundai’s premium multipurpose 24in LCD makes of itself. Upon first turning it on, I was simply staggered by how bright this thing is. Trying to see through tearing eyes, I made the OSD my first port of call. But even after having turned the brightness down to zero, the W241D was ”still” brighter and more vibrant than some TN-panel displays at maximum.
Personally, I find using Word on the Hyundai W241D a slightly painful experience because of its inability to go dimmer, especially when your eyes are tired. Unfortunately, Hyundai is one of the few manufacturers I have come across in recent years not to offer presets or user modes. Since getting the most out of movies and games requires the brightness to be turned up considerably, it’s very annoying to have to turn it down again manually when switching between work and play. That is, unless you play over HDMI or component, since the W241D remembers individual settings on different inputs.
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