Gateway's FHD2402 trades in pixel count for 16:9

Gateway releases the FHD2402 monitor and we are there!

A pleasing design, if nothing else. (There is something else, though...a few things, actually.) Josh P. Miller/CNET

It's been awhile since we've reviewed a Gateway monitor. The last one was the 19-inch Gateway HD1900 and over a year ago I reviewed the Gateway FHD2400 . We skipped the FHD2401 model, as it didn't really offer much that was new.

The FHD2402 is a different story. The biggest change is its move from a 16:10 aspect ratio--with an accompanying resolution of 1,920x1,200--to a 16:9 aspect ratio and a lower resolution of 1,920x1,080. The reason for this change is to bring LCD computer monitors closer to HDTVs in terms of capabilities. A 16:9 monitor can display a full screen 16:9 Blu-ray or digital movie shot in 1.85:1, without stretching the image to fit the screen. A 16:10 monitor will need to stretch the same movie's image a bit to get it to full screen and without any black bars.

So, what you lose in pixel count, you make up in the monitor's capability to display undistorted images of movies. If this is important to you, then you're in luck, since the monitor industry seems to be heading down this 16:9 path. For the rest of you, you're only losing 230,400 pixels, so stop your whining!

Anyway, to see what I really think of the Gateway FHD2402, check my full review and remember to keep checking this page for more new reviews, usually every week--unless I'm off somewhere getting married or something along those lines.

About the author

Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.

 

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