REVIEW: BenQ MK2442
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The BenQ MK2442 ranks amongst the increasingly popular combi-devices of PC monitor and TV set, which allows two interesting areas of application to be covered with one device.
As well as one analogue and one digital input for the PC (VGA, HDMI) the MK2442 also offers numerous inputs for analogue video signals which are otherwise generally found in the TV sector (Component, Composite, Scart and S-Video). In terms of panels, a TN type measuring 23,6 inches and with 16,7 million colours is used; this has a resolution of 1.920 x 1.080 pixels.
Gamers will take notice of the five millisecond response time indicated (grey to grey), whilst video and TV fans will be more interested in the Full-HD resolution, the 16:9 widescreen format and dynamic contrast ratio of up to 10.000:1. The maximum brightness of 300 cd/m² should be sufficient for use in almost all lighting conditions. The digital HDMI input supports the playback of copy-protected media via HDCP.
In response to its purpose as a TV set, the MK2442 has two integrated 5-watt speakers. In addition, the range of features includes numerous features that are usually seen in modern TV sets. An extensive remote control allows the image and sound to be adjusted without the need to make the changes directly on the monitor. The integrated DVB-T tuner is conveniently equipped with a sleep timer, child lock and Teletext.
In our test we wish to find out in particular whether this combination device can also convince in practical usage as a PC monitor and television.
For the test, the BenQ MK2442 was run on the DVI output of an ATI Radeon HD 4350. An adapter took over the implementation of DVI to HDMI, since the monitor does not offer its own DVI input. The calibration was carried out using an Eye-One Display 2 from X-Rite, with the iColor 3.5 software from Quato. A Samsung BD-P1580 was used as a player device for Blu-Ray discs, connected with the monitor via a HDMI cable.
The packaging of the BenQ MK2442 is very compact for a 24-inch monitor. A plastic handle on the upper narrow side of the stable box aids in transporting the monitor; without this, the large box, which weighs more than 8 Kg, would require some effort to transport. Inside the box, the monitor is secured with two slim pieces of Styrofoam and should be lifted up out of the box together with these elements. All accessories provided and the base for the display –separate to the monitor itself- can be found in hollows in the Styrofoam, which means that there is no chance of the display being damaged by loose parts. The glossy surfaces on the monitor frame and base are covered with a stable protective sheet. All parts included are packed individually in plastic bags.
Left: The packaging of the MK2442 and right: BenQ is stingy with the accessories.
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