BenQ VW2420H
Price £144 | Company BenQ | Web | Contact via website

For artists in search of the right monitor there are a number of important considerations. While size and maximum resolution are key, the most crucial concern is how well the monitor reproduces colours.

No matter how large the screen is, or how many pixels it can display, if the monitor is poorly calibrated for colours then this can have the biggest impact on your work. Evidence of poor colour reproduction includes prints not looking the same as they do on screen, as well as discrepancies in the piece when viewed on different computers.

The first thing that strikes you when you turn on the monitor after plugging it into your computer is the vibrancy of the colour. On its default settings, the picture appears too bright, but with a quick tweak of both brightness and gamma, the images look superb, especially for a monitor at this price.

Rather than the more common Vertical Alignment (VA) technology behind the panel, the BenQ VW2420H employs Twisted Nematic (TN) technology that uses the liquid crystal elements of the display to create deep blacks and bright whites. What this means is that the 3000:1 contrast ratio of this monitor is fantastic. Making sure that the contrast between light and dark is as close to perfect as possible is a key factor in graphical fidelity, and the VW2420H performs admirably.

In almost all graphical aspects, this monitor outperforms its rivals of a similar price – it’s hard to believe you can buy it for £144. Its only big flaw is the slightly slow response time, which means that moving images aren’t refreshed as fast as on some other monitors. This can result in movie or game playback that’s not as smooth as you’d hope. If you work mainly with still images then this won’t be a problem, but if you’re an animator then it might give you pause for thought.

The VW2420H is an attractively designed monitor. Although the bezel that surrounds the screen is wider than on a lot of other monitors of this size, the colour combination of black and muted gold gives it a stylish look. The buttons located on the bottom of the monitor are labelled on the front. This might seem like a little thing, yet it’s surprising how many manufacturers decide not to include any labels for the hidden buttons. With these unobtrusive labels you can navigate the monitor’s built-in menu easily – essential for trouble-free calibration.

At 24 inches, this is a large monitor that gives you a lot of space to work with. The 16:9 ratio makes it possible to have a number of different windows open while you work, without everything becoming too cluttered. Another benefit of LED technology used by the BenQ is that it means the monitor panel is a lot thinner than standard LCD displays, giving you plenty of space on your desk. At only 3.9kg it’s incredibly light, and power consumption is kept to a minimum.

This is a fantastic monitor that, with just a small bit of tweaking, can give you amazing colour and image quality for not much money at all. 


Rating: 4/5