REVIEW: Hyundai W240D Part 13
We also compared playback via the analogue Component input with the DVI-D and HDMI results, as shown in the pictures below depicting scenes from the Anime ´Paradise Kiss´. Digitally played image content demonstrates slightly better detail sharpness and somewhat stronger colours than material played back via the analogue connection. All video inputs function smoothly with all formats tested.
Above: DVD player via Component Video (YPbPr) (Please click picture for enlarged view)
Above: Sony PlayStation 3 via HDMI (Please click picture for enlarged view)
Unfortunately, the sub-average overall image quality of the Hyundai W240D is also noticeable when the monitor is used for playing back films and videos. Colours, contrast and the display of the black bands at the top and bottom are visibly inferior in quality to those on other TN panel models. As a result, we are unable to award the monitor a rating of very good for playback quality.
To date, we have never had such conflicting results for a monitor review as those we arrived at with the Hyundai W240D: the LCD monitor combines an elegant exterior and good ergonomic features with excellent manufacturing quality. It also offers very good interpolation and playback of moving pictures and can even be considered for use by hardcore gamers.
However, the image quality, which is the most important aspect of a monitor, is simply not good enough: colour gradients are striped or flicker on the screen, the contrast is just mediocre and the brightness distribution demonstrates deviations of up to 42 cd/m². However, the most serious fault is the absolutely unsuccessful brightness setting.
An LCD monitor that only reaches the final brightness setting after five hours and demonstrates deviations of up to 166 cd/m² to boot is unusable – not only for graphics applications: every time the monitor us switched on, the picture is at first glaringly bright at 303 cd/m², only to drop to the required value over a period of hours – with a minimum brightness of just 159 cd/m².
Neither can we forget that the Hyundai W240D does not offer the opportunity to adjust the RGB colour channels manually when in digital mode via DVI-D and HDMI – and that it does not even allow the user to access colour profiles in DVI-D mode. If necessary, all adjustments must be made via the graphics card driver, which leads to clear deviations in calibration in this case.
Apart from hardcore gamers, for whom the vital point is perfect display of moving pictures, the Hyundai W240D can hardly be recommended to any user as long as the insufficient brightness setting and missing RGM settings are not improved.
Overall rating: SUFFICIENT
Technical specification: Hyundai W240D
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