BenQ VW2420H review

We have to admit that when we first picked up the box containing the BenQ display we were sent, we wondered if it was empty – that’s how light this unit is. This might sound like a bonus, but being up against some very serious, chunky high-end displays, a featherweight footprint didn’t bode particularly well.

Further inspection did little to alleviate this first impression. The panel is housed in a thin plastic shell – feeling very flimsy in comparison to the other monitors on test this month. The marketing literature described it as ‘mirror black’. We’d call it ‘shiny’, something many designers are particularly keen to steer clear of.

Another point was immediately knocked off the score when we realised that the unit came with a fixed stand that makes it the only monitor in our round-up that can’t be rotated and, more importantly from a designer’s point of view, that can’t be used in portrait mode unless you take it off its stand and prop it up.

But enough of the griping, because in performance, the BenQ VW2420H wasn’t actually too bad. It’s the second cheapest monitor in our round-up, so it’s worth looking at what it does deliver, rather than what it can’t. The 8-bit display has a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels using a VA panel. Though it boasts a similar viewing angle to the IPS monitors in our test, we could detect some fading in colour before the purported 178 degrees.

A good quality monitor, the BenQ model suffers compared to the other professional-level displays on test this month

Despite the flimsy-feeling build, there was little light leakage and the screen’s performance was pretty decent. It’s a little glossy, yes, but there was good reproduction of blacks and impressively high contrast.

For a monitor in a similar price bracket to the Flatron, the BenQ does a little better than it in one area, connectivity – as there’s an HDMI socket to complement the DVI-D and VGA sockets at the back.

OUR VERDICT

We need to be frank in our verdict and, although the BenQ’s colour reproduction is good, there are displays far more suited to design work in our round-up. If you’re truly strapped for cash, consider this display only as a stop-gap option. Otherwise, we’d be happy to recommend the BenQ as a gamer’s display or as a second monitor.

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