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BenQ V2400W review

Barry de la Rosa
19 Mar 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
248
inc VAT

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Specifications

24in screen size, 1,920x1,200 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

BenQ's V2400W has an unusual design, with an off-centre silver stand and an attractive glossy black bezel.

It may look nice, but there's no height adjustment, portrait mode or wall-mounting option. The V2400W has a high 1,920x1,200 resolution and an HDMI port for attaching home entertainment systems or games consoles. When watching full HD 1,920x1,080 content you'll get black bars across the top and bottom of the screen, although this isn't too distracting.

The menu system is controlled by a touch-sensitive row of silver buttons under the screen. While attravailable, these are fiddly to use, and the buttons are unresponsive. Luckily, an audible beep confirms your selection.

The V2400W comes with a dynamic contrast system that is best left turned off, as the constant brightening and darkening of the screen is annoying in fast-paced movies or games. As well as the normal image quality controls, the V2400W also includes presets for Photos and Movies.

We found the Standard setting a little dark, with a green tint, but in games it proved the best option, bringing a richness to computer graphics. Response times in our gaming test were the worst in this category, but are OK for casual use. Photo and Movie modes were brighter but added a blue tint to images. Windows text was clear, and the large resolution was perfect for tiling windows next to each other.

Of the three 24in models on test, the V2400W has the best colours, but the image was slightly darker than the others.

Despite its great design, the V2400W isn't worth the extra money over the other two monitors in this category. For £60 less, Iiyama's PLE2407HDS has similar picture quality, albeit at a slightly lower resolution. Edge10's W243h, meanwhile, offers more flexibility in positioning and an even lower price. Alternatively, Samsung's 26in 2693HM, which has flexibility and great picture quality, is just £37 more.

Basic Specifications

Rating***

Physical

Viewable size24 in
Native resolution1,920x1,200
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (4,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle160°
Response time5ms
Response time typeblack-to-black
Screen depth68mm
Base (WxD)340x136mm
Screen elevation120mm

Features

Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionno
Height adjustableno
Internal speakersnone
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasnone
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
Audio inputsnone

Environmental

Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on45W

Buying Information

Price£248
Supplierhttp://www.dabs.com
Detailswww.benq.co.uk
Warrantythree years onsite

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