BenQ EW2420 review

The EW2420 has a VA TFT panel with a glossy finish, and stunning still image quality, but moving images suffer from ghosting.

23 Nov 2010
Our Rating 
3/5
Price when reviewed 
157
inc VAT

Specifications

24in screen size, 1,920x1,080 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

BenQ's EW2420 is one of a few monitors we've seen to have a VA TFT panel. Unlike standard TN (Twisted nematic) LCD panels, a VA (Vertical Alignment) panel has liquid crystals that naturally align themselves vertically, making them easier to manipulate. VA panels are known for having better black levels, response times and viewing angles, so we were eager to see the EW240 in action.

BenQ EW2420

Our first impressions weren't good. From the side, photos looked washed out, and the unusual glossy finish means you're more likely to see the other side of the room than the image. In fact we found viewing angles just as fussy as with a TN panel.

In our gaming and movie tests, we found the EW2420 didn't handle movement very well either; in our Crysis test, foliage became a blur during fast movement, and there was visible ghosting on straight lines, even with the AMA overdrive setting turned on.

The LED backlight is bright and even, however, although we felt it had a slight blue cast that made images seem cold. Even with a bit of tweaking, colours were a bit duller than on other displays we've seen. Contrast is the EW2420's highlight, however; blacks are deep, and our test copy of The Dark Knight really came to life. Good blacks help to bring out depth and 3D effects, so while there is blurring in games and films, at the same time it feels more real.

BenQ EW2420 buttons

As usual, BenQ's menu system was clear and easy to use, although the buttons are mounted on the side of the panel and the "Up" button takes you to the right in the menu, which is confusing. Basic brightness and contrast are joined by a Gamma control, and the colour section includes preset Bluish, Reddish and Normal modes, plus User mode where you can specify RGB values.

BenQ EW2420 ports

The EW2420 stands out for other reasons, too. Unlike many displays, it comes with a four-port USB hub, and it also has two HDMI inputs, so you could feasibly have multiple devices connected to it. Unlike some of the thinner LED-backlit panels, it still has a VESA mount and a built-in power supply.

We can't recommend the EW2420 for work that requires colour accuracy and moving pictures, be they film or games, due to signs of ghosting. It's not a terrible display, though, and the excellent contrast and deep blacks offer something different. If your environment isn't full of bright lights that the glossy screen will reflect, then it's a good choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***

Physical

Viewable size 24 in
Native resolution 1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio 3,000:1 (20,000,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness 250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle 178°
Vertical viewing angle 178°
Response time 8ms
Response time type Tr/Tf
Screen depth 63mm
Base (WxD) 268x178mm
Screen elevation 121mm

Features

Portrait mode no
Wall mount option yes
Height adjustable no
Internal speakers yes (2x 1.5W)
Detachable cables yes
USB hub 4-port USB
Integrated power supply yes
Kensington lock lug yes
Display extras headphone output, 2x HDMI input
VGA input yes
DVI input yes
S-video input no
Component input no
Composite input no
HDCP support yes
Audio inputs 3.5mm line in

Environmental

Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 30W

Buying Information

Price £157
Supplier http://www.kikatek.co.uk
Details www.benq.co.uk
Warranty two years onsite

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