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Gateway FHD2402 review: Gateway FHD2402

Gateway FHD2402

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For $260, the Gateway FHD2402 brings you a high-gloss and high-contrast screen with built-in speakers that has great movie and game performance, HDMI support, and a couple of USB ports. Unfortunately, the sound from the speakers is highly muffled and the high-gloss means you can practically use it as a mirror. Also, we found that the display has trouble distinguishing dark gray from black in some of our color tests, and at 24-inches, its resolution is slightly lower than most 24-inchers. Still, if you're in the market for a relatively low-price monitor that offers a few more bells and whistles than the basics do, the Gateway FHD2402 will suit you nicely. The $240 Acer H235H is slightly lower in price, but does not include USB ports.

OVR
6.8

Gateway FHD2402

The Good

The Gateway FHD2402 has a stylish design with a glossy screen that facilitates a high contrast. It includes built-in speakers, an HDMI connection, and offers striking performance for movies and games.

The Bad

The Gateway FHD2402's onscreen display interface is clunky and tilt is its only ergonomic option. Also, its speaker sounds are muffled, its glossy screen reflects everything, and some may be disappointed in its 16:9 resolution.

The Bottom Line

The Gateway FHD2402 is a suitable, low-price monitor that will satisfy your basic monitor needs.

Design and features
The first thing you'll notice about the 24-inch Gateway FHD2402 is the plastic overlay on its screen and bezel, which makes the entire front of the display appear flat. The panel measures 3.2 inches in full depth; about the same depth as the Acer H235H, but considerably thicker than the 23-inch Samsung SyncMaster P2370, which is a little over an inch deep. The bezel measures 0.8 inch on its left and right sides and 1.2 inches on its bottom, where you'll find a silver Gateway logo on the far left. There is not much to see on the back panel beyond a number of small, circular, vent holes near the top, concealing the built-in speakers.

The bottom of the panel sits about 1.8 inches above the desktop. Unfortunately, the screen height isn't adjustable and there isn't a screen rotation or pivot option for portrait mode. The only included ergonomic option is the capability to tilt the screen back 10 degrees. The rectangular foot stand is 10 inches wide by 4.25 long. The display is front-heavy though and will easily topple forward if knocked from behind. All three ports (DVI, HDMI, and VGA) are fairly easy to access, as they sit to the right of the display's neck. We were a little disappointed that no cord organizers are included. On the left side of the panel are two USB downstream ports aligned vertically. On the back, next to the video ports, is a single USB upstream port.

The onscreen display array sits in the lower right-hand corner of the bezel, right above the power button. We're glad to see that Gateway chose to place button labels for the OSD on the screen, instead of labeling them directly on the bezel. The onscreen labels made calibrating the display in a dark room relatively painless.

OSD options include the standards for brightness, contrast, and color. The presets are: Game, Web, Picture, Movie, Warm, Cool, and Custom Color. Navigating the menu takes some getting used to and never quite felt natural, mostly because Gateway uses terms such as "previous", "next" and "select", instead of used arrow symbols, which are more commonly used.

The Gateway FHD2402's 16:9 aspect ratio supports a "Full HD" native resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels. This continues the trend of many monitor vendors moving toward 16:9 from 16:10 to accommodate high-definition content--in particular 1080p movies--which can fit onto a 1,920x1,080-pixel screen without distorting the image. The 24-inch FHD2402's 1,920x1,080[pixel resolution is actually less than many of its 24-inch, 16:10 competitors, which have 1,920x1,200-pixel resolutions. While we don't consider this a huge detriment to its quality, it may disappoint some users.

Manufacturer's specificatios:
Resolution: 1,920x1,080 pixels
Pixel-response rate: 2ms
Contrast ratio: 40,000:1 (Dynamic)
Brightness: 300cd/m2
Connectivity: DVI-D, HDMI, VGA
HDCP compliant? Yes
Included video cables? DVI, VGA
Backlight: CCFL
Panel Type: TN
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Built-in speakers: Yes

Performance
We tested the Gateway FHD2402 with its DVI connection. The display posted a composite score of 83 on CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based performance tests, lagging behind the Samsung SyncMaster P2370 and the Acer H235H. The gateway scored well in most of our color tests, but really faltered in our two color ramp tests, which look for an LCD's capability to render gradations of primary colors smoothly, uniformly, and consistently. In our test, the FHD2402 wasn't able to show these gradations smoothly at all.

The FHD2402 achieved a brightness score of 216 candelas per square meter (cd/m2)--way shy of Gateway's claimed 300 cd/m2 max. The Acer H235H achieved a higher brightness, with 266 cd/m2, but this was also less than Acer's claimed 300 cd/m2 max. On our dark screen test, both monitors exhibited significant backlight bleed-through on the top and bottom edges of the displays, but the Gateway performed slightly better than the Acer in this regard.

Our "Kill Bill Vol. 1" DVD test yielded apparent ghosting on the Gateway in the Movie preset. Color-wise, the Gateway wins, with much more balanced and accurate colors compared with the Acer H235H.

Unreal Tournament 3 looked great running at 1,920x1,080 pixels, with vibrant colors. Its contrast ratio was great compared with the P2370's slightly less pronounced presentation. We saw no signs of input lag, blurring, or streaking during fast movement.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Since most monitors are made to be viewed at that angle only, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies depending on the monitor. Like most monitors, the Gateway FHD2402 uses a TN panel, which gets overly bright or overly dark when viewed from nonoptimal angles. When we viewed the Gateway from the sides or below, the screen appeared to darken from merely a couple inches from optimal. From the sides and below, text is still readable until viewing from about 70 degrees. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

In the power consumption tests, the Gateway FHD2402 drew 38.68 watts in its Default/On mode--compared with the Samsung SyncMaster P2370's lower 29.44 watts and the Acer H235H's 35.71 watts. The Gateway's standby mode drew 1.04 watts compared with the P2370's 0.85 watts and the Acer's 1.41. Based on our formula , the FHD2402 would cost $12.26 per year to run, compared with the P2370's $9.37 and the Acer's $11.63.

Juice box
Gateway FHD2402 Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 38.68
On (max luminance) 41.67
On (min luminance) 18.16
Sleep 1.04
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 33.51
Annual power consumption cost $12.26
Score Fair

In audio tests, sound from the built-in speakers was muffled, which made speech difficult to hear. On the upside, we were able to crank the speakers to maximum volume without any noticeable distortion.

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell SP2309W 23-nch
297 
Asus VH236H 23-inch
283 
Acer H235H 23-inch
266 
Gateway FHD2402 23-inch
216 

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Acer H235H 23-inch
1169 
Dell S2409W 24-inch
1001 
Asus VH236H 23-inch
905 
Gateway FHD2402 23-inch
792 

DisplayMate test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Asus VH236H 23-inch
92 
Acer H235H 23-inch
88 
Dell S2409W 24-inch
87 
Gateway FHD2402 23-inch
83 

Find out more about how we test LCD monitors.

Service and support
The monitor includes a one-year, limited warranty that covers parts and labor. Gateway backs this up with 24-7 toll-free phone technical support as well as technical support via e-mail.

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