Gateway has launched three new ultra-slim LED-backlit displays. The FHX series boasts fast 2ms response times and are available as a 21.5” (FHX2152L) and 24” (FHX2402L) model with glossy black bezels. The FHD2303L has to make do with a 5ms response time and is only available as a 23” model with a transparent frame and attractive asymmetric stand.

All three models support a huge 12,000,000:1 (presumably dynamic) contrast ratio and media-friendly 1920x1080 full high definition resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio. They can all produce up to 16.7million colors at 250 nits of brightness. All models come with VGA and DVI (with HDCP) connectivity with the larger 23” and 24” models also carrying a HDMI interface – an interesting omission on the smaller model.

Gateway is also pushing the eco-friendly credentials as the new displays are composed of non-toxic materials and with LED-backlighting, these displays save up to 68% of the power used by conventional CCFL displays, thus achieving RoHS Energy Star qualifications.

All three displays will be available this month at $190 for the 21.5” model and $250 for the two larger models. Considering that makes the 24” FHX2402L with the faster response time the same price as the smaller, slower 23” FHD2303L, it seems the only decision is whether to buy the 24” model or the smaller 21.5” FHX2152L for $60 less, albeit without HDMI.

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  • artie222 - Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - link

    The great snow job here is not that they are trying to pass off 16x9 monitors as if they are top of the line, but that they have us arguing that 16x10 is the best option. For those of us who use our computers for work, vertical size really matters, since we are generally trying to read text designed to be on a portrait-oriented piece of page, and 16x10 isn't nearly as good as non-widescreen 4:3 for that purpose.

    However, once upon a time, somebody figured out that you could make much cheaper panels (i.e. fewer pixels) with the same diagonal by going widescreen. Unless you use your computer primarily for watching widescreen movies (and most of us have actual TVs for that), this is all just a marketing gimmick to keep the "longer diagonal = better" crowd happy at cheap prices.

    Don't even get me started on the ridiculously high dot-pitch we have to put up with since panels have gotten so big on low resolution. The clarity on my old 20" 1600x1200 monitor is infinitely better than my new 27" 1920x1200. Our video cards can handle it, make it happen manufacturers!
  • AnnonymousCoward - Thursday, October 7, 2010 - link

    4:3 is especially crucial for small screens, where vertical is already limited, like on laptops. Whichever company starts making 4:3 laptops again will sell a boat load.
  • sinPiEqualsZero - Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - link

    I know Anandtech is trying to grow, but the results are occasionally disappointing. Articles such as this one are essentially marketing pieces and contain no redeeming information. If you're wondering why people are accusing Anandtech of accepting money (which I do not believe, by the way), look no farther than this article. I actually registered to show my disappointment, and I hope that we can either cut down on the fluff pieces or make a "Press Release" section.

    /rant over
  • Makaveli - Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - link

    I think a Press Release section is a good idea.
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - link

    Thank you for registering and posting. I've often toyed with the idea of a press release section, do you have any feedback on how you'd like to see those posts appear on the front page though? Would they appear at all or would it be something you simply have to know about to find?

    As always, your feedback is welcomed and appreciated :)

    Take care,
  • Bamfkya - Thursday, October 7, 2010 - link

    A side bar on the left side would be cool. Kind of like the Dailytech sidebar, but more awesome cause it's Anandtech.

    I'm interested in these press releases, but not on the same level as Anandtech reviews.
  • sinPiEqualsZero - Saturday, October 9, 2010 - link

    Thanks for your reply, Anand. From a practical standpoint, I'm not sure where a Press Release section would go, since the home page is already pretty busy. Perhaps the "Dailytech" section could be modified to have "Dailytech," "Press Release," and "Twitter" tabs all in the same frame or some such.

    I'm no expert on web design, but if you ever decide to go for such a section, I have faith in your creativity. :)

    All the best!
  • GunsAblazin - Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - link

    I think 1080p monitors has just hit a sweet spot with its price range for consumers and it's the resolution for most HD video. Maybe people just don't like seeing the black space above and below a movie.
  • AnnonymousCoward - Thursday, October 7, 2010 - link

    No, most movies are not 16:9. They're 1.85 or 2.59, which means you will still get black bars with these POS monitors.
  • sulu1977 - Thursday, October 7, 2010 - link

    HDMI interface? What's up with that? I thought HDMI was being replaced by ethernet. Where are all the ethernet monitors?

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