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BenQ intros new 16:9 LCD monitors

BenQ intros new 16:9 LCD monitors

BenQ introduced four new 16:9 'Full HD' LCD monitors yesterday in London and also made some interesting predictions for the monitor market.

BenQ yesterday announced the introduction of four new 16:9 'Full HD' displays and also made some interesting projections for the PC display market over the next several years.

The company introduced two 22-inch and two 24-inch monitors, the E2200HD, E2400HD, M2200HD and M2400HD. All of the displays feature 1,920 x 1,080 native resolutions, 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratios (that might actually work) and super-fast 2ms grey-to-grey response times.

Brightness is rated at 300cd/m² on all four, while viewing angles are a respectable 170° horizontal and 160° vertical, which indicates that these are TN+Film based screens.

All four also come with HDMI 1.3, DVI and D-sub inputs, and pack in a pair of 1W integrated speakers that may save some desk for some. The M2200HD and M2400HD also include a two megapixel webcam and USB ports as well – they're aimed more at the multimedia enthusiasts out there.

Interestingly though, BenQ said that it believes 16:9 displays will account for up to 30 percent of the LCD panel market (for PCs) in 2009 and expects that share to grow to over 50 percent the following year. The company's representatives said that the cost advantage of creating 16:9 panels is significant because all TV panels are manufactured with the same aspect ratio.

BenQ intros new 16:9 LCD monitors
BenQ's E2400HD

Pricing hasn't been fully confirmed, but we're hearing that the 22in models will retail for around £150, while the 24in models are likely to sell for around £220 including VAT. All of the displays come with BenQ's three year on-site warranty – another point that BenQ's reps were keen to highlight on more than one occasion.

BenQ intros new 16:9 LCD monitors
BenQ's M2400HD

Do you think there's scope for another aspect ratio revolution on the PC? Tell us your thoughts in the forums.

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liratheal 12th September 2008, 14:56 Quote
Oooooo.

I smell a change of monitors.
WildThing 12th September 2008, 15:00 Quote
Yeah, these look rather snazzy, but I think I'll wait for the full Bit-tech review. ;)
alastor 12th September 2008, 15:06 Quote
Hmm 1080p goodness for £150 sounds great for 360 users like myself.
Mentai 12th September 2008, 15:13 Quote
Good god I want one D:
badders 12th September 2008, 15:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
Oooooo.

I smell a change of monitors.

First refusal on one of the G2400W's then?
DougEdey 12th September 2008, 15:18 Quote
I'm going to build up my collection of 16:10 monitors.
Jack_Pepsi 12th September 2008, 15:27 Quote
Depending how well the 24" performs, I think I've found my next monitor.

:D
Xtrafresh 12th September 2008, 15:41 Quote
looks very well-priced, i'm waiting for BT to sniff out the catch :D
Mongoose132 12th September 2008, 15:42 Quote
I'm wanting the 22" :D
TheoGeo 12th September 2008, 15:48 Quote
ooo they're purty. I'm glad to see benq finaly invested in some decent designs
If they perform as well as my current benq 24" then they'll be worth buying...
steveo_mcg 12th September 2008, 15:57 Quote
I'd be very interested in replacing my 16:10 19".

Out of interest why do pc's use 16:10? Its a bloody pain in several cases.
Hamish 12th September 2008, 15:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by DougEdey
I'm going to build up my collection of 16:10 monitors.

yeah seriously....

they're just trying to push 16:9 so the panels are the same ratio for TVs and monitors
do not want

edit: and at that price they're bound to be TN and so worthless anyway, meh
TreeDude 12th September 2008, 16:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
All four also come with HDMI 1.3, DVI and D-sub outputs

I believe you mean inputs. :P
teamtd11 12th September 2008, 16:26 Quote
16:10 over 16:9. If they kill off 16:10 i will cry.
ChaosDefinesOrder 12th September 2008, 16:30 Quote
if any part of your media collection is 4:3 aspect, 16:10 is so much better! With a 16:9 aspect display playing 4:3 aspect media, there's HUGE black bars down either side and a tiny central viewing area!

Sure, if everything you watch is widescreen, or you only watch recent stuff filmed in wide only then 16:9 is OK.

Also, 1920x1200 allows you to play older games at 1600x1200 last I checked, there's no native 4:3 aspect for 1080 vertical pixels, so it's black bars or dodgy scaling all round for 4:3 footage...
Tim S 12th September 2008, 16:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by TreeDude
Quote:
Originally Posted by Article
All four also come with HDMI 1.3, DVI and D-sub outputs

I believe you mean inputs. :P

That'd be the one! Oh dear.
mrb_no1 12th September 2008, 16:52 Quote
ooooooooooooooh, i like the look of them, very nice
wharrad 12th September 2008, 17:32 Quote
Not a massive fan really, most PC uses work best at 4:3. I understand the move to 16:10 as a compromise with people who want to use their PCs for gaming and media as it's a big market. 16:9 is just a step too far really, driven by economic factors rather than ease of use.

Word, Spread Sheets, Photoshop, the internet etc etc, just will be that little bit more difficult.

But hey, bottom line, it's not too bad if you only use one monitor and prices fall through the floor... If you're a triple head person though you'll need binoculars just to see the screen at the far end!
TreeDude 12th September 2008, 18:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by wharrad
Not a massive fan really, most PC uses work best at 4:3. I understand the move to 16:10 as a compromise with people who want to use their PCs for gaming and media as it's a big market. 16:9 is just a step too far really, driven by economic factors rather than ease of use.

Word, Spread Sheets, Photoshop, the internet etc etc, just will be that little bit more difficult.

But hey, bottom line, it's not too bad if you only use one monitor and prices fall through the floor... If you're a triple head person though you'll need binoculars just to see the screen at the far end!

Get one with a stand that you can rotate the monitor and they become better.
seveneleven 12th September 2008, 18:31 Quote
BenQ is just reusing panels that weren't up to scratch to go in their TVs so they stick 'em in a 'new' line of monitors and call it a breaktrough.Oh and they are most certainly TN panels.As said before - meh
Mr T 12th September 2008, 19:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by seveneleven
BenQ is just reusing panels that weren't up to scratch to go in their TVs so they stick 'em in a 'new' line of monitors and call it a breaktrough.Oh and they are most certainly TN panels.As said before - meh

How do you work that one out? When a monitor has to be much better quality than a tv? Surely it would be the other way round.
Tim S 12th September 2008, 19:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by seveneleven
BenQ is just reusing panels that weren't up to scratch to go in their TVs so they stick 'em in a 'new' line of monitors and call it a breaktrough.Oh and they are most certainly TN panels.As said before - meh

Hardly - very few sub-30in TVs are 1080p.
Cupboard 12th September 2008, 20:00 Quote
YOU ARE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. Very bad news if you ask me. I rarely "shout" online but I really would far rather a 24" 4:3 screen than any other aspect ratio.

I would love a 20-22" 1600*1200 screen, but you cannot get one for any reasonable amount of money and it is far cheaper going for 1920*1200.

One of the major problems is that the internet is long and not wide. On my laptop screen (1280*800) Bit fits perfectly width ways but I am always wanting more vertical space, even with my desktop screen at 1400*1050.

Will someone please make me a nice screen?
badders 12th September 2008, 20:34 Quote
Get a 16:10 and turn it sideways?
10:16 would be better for teh intarwebs, and you could always turn it back for other normal tasks...
HourBeforeDawn 12th September 2008, 21:43 Quote
Nooo I like my 16:10 *cries*
bowman 12th September 2008, 22:14 Quote
I'll wait for OLED and DisplayPort before my monitor is replaced. Well, either that or it breaks, but I don't think it will.
LordPyrinc 13th September 2008, 00:34 Quote
I often wish I had a 16x10 at work. Would come in handy when copying and pasting data between docs and spreadsheets. Good amount of space for two docs open side by side. Would also be nice to have one that rotates so that I can then look at larger units of code all in one continuous vertical space.
zoot2boot 13th September 2008, 14:27 Quote
i think it'll catch, but it's the wrong way for computers. 16:9: games yes. movies yes. working no.
Tim S 13th September 2008, 15:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by zoot2boot
i think it'll catch, but it's the wrong way for computers. 16:9: games yes. movies yes. working no.

I agree, I really dig having at least 1200px on the vertical. I've got a 1,680 x 1,050 display at home and it's best-suited to games. I can't play 1080p without losing detail or downscaling, and there's not enough width for two windows side by side.
Andy Mc 13th September 2008, 23:29 Quote
£150 for a 1080p 22" monitor?

F*** yes! where can I buy one from?
andybones 14th September 2008, 10:13 Quote
very nice looking monitors.could be on my xmas shopping list.
Burnout21 14th September 2008, 11:04 Quote
this seems to be a step back in technology. I like 16:10.

The only reason i would get one is if i had a next gen console (still using PS2 when i can be bothered).
bothaus 14th September 2008, 20:16 Quote
Don't care about 16:9. So many prints of movies are still 4:3 from like netflix and other vendors. Really don't care about the TN+Film. They give me a headache with their horrendous color palette. I have not seen a decent monitor be released for at last a year or so. Ever since the NEC 26" H-IPS... That kind of sucked for games though. I'll spend a grand on a killer monitor. It just doesn't look like the corporations are giving us th choice of high quality anymore. A seconded meh!
Jamie 19th September 2008, 17:39 Quote
I'll only accept 16:9 if it gives me at least 1200 pixels height.
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