REVIEW: Gateway FHD2400
++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad
The times in which a completely sharp division could be made between LCDs for use in computers and those for use in televisions are slowly but surely becoming part of the past. Thus, a growing number of computer displays now come with numerous video inputs, whilst at the same time, the feature set of integrated electronics is becoming more and more extensive.
In this still young sector of multimedia displays, Gateway, too is placing its 24-inch FHD2400 with a fast responding TN panel. The device comes with numerous connectors. Thus, video sources can be connected with the screen via Composite, S-Video, YPbPr, D-Sub VGA, HDMI or DVI.
Naturally, such a wide range of connectors does not automatically give rise to a good image. The signal processing of corresponding screens is generally clearly inferior to that of full-blown LCD TVs. Here, Gateway still advertises the model with a solution from Faroudja, so we can be excited about how the monitor will perform in the test.
Gateway indicates the features of the FHD2400 with a sticker.
All results published in this test were obtained on the digital output of an Asus 8800GTX. For testing the video functions, we used an iScan VP50Pro. In addition, an OPPO DV-980H was used for playing back DVDs.
The Gateway FHD2400 is delivered in a box that is sufficiently large for the size of the screen. It is not necessary to attach the base, since it is already attached to the monitor. In order to protect the sensitive high gloss surfaces against scratches, adhesive sheets are located on the relevant parts of the monitor.
The box of the Gateway FHD2400.
The scope of supply is sufficient but not excessive given the monitor’s video inputs. It includes a D-Sub-VGA cable, DVI-D cable, USB cable and a power cable. Thus, the user has to resort to his/her own means for four of the six video inputs (Composite Video, S-Video, YPbPr, HDMI).
A complete manual is included, but there is no electronic version. This is unusual – today, most manufacturers go the opposite way and only include a brief guide in hard copy. On the CD that is included are: screen manager software (EzTune), with which the most important parameters are set up from the computer and a rough calibration can be carried out using visual judgement.
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