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BenQ E2400HD 24in Full HD Monitor review

Ardjuna Seghers

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We've reviewed quite a few monitors by BenQ recently that share the same looks and basic specifications. Today's example, the E2400HD, is yet another model in the company's highly affordable Full HD range, which can be seen as either a bigger cousin to the 22in E2200HD or scaled back version of the M2400HD without the webcam and USB-hub.

Since it uses exactly the same TN panel as the M2400HD this 24in display has a 16:9 aspect ratio. Though this is more film-friendly than the traditional PC-monitor 16:10 ratio, we'd rather have the extra desktop space 1,920 x 1,200 gives over 1,920 x 1,080 for productivity and gaming, though the reduction in price will attract many.

Assembly is easy: simply put the base onto a flat surface and click the monitor with stand into it. Unfortunately the only adjustability on offer is tilt, but to be fair that's a failing with most budget monitors - BenQ's rather good G2200WT accepted.

Tilting the E2400HD reveals the same creaking as on the other models using this chassis, though aside from this build quality is decent enough. In terms of looks, meanwhile, the display is not unattractive but hardly stylish. The large power button and its equally large square green LED don't add a lot, nor do the bulges where USB ports resided on the M2400HD. It's also worth noting that the monitor's piano-black finish makes fingerprints far more visible than the M2400HD's white coating did.

BenQ still continues its practice of providing no digital video connectivity out of the box, so unless you have one already you'll need to buy a DVI or HDMI cable separately. However, the actual monitor provides a nice selection of connections with HDMI, DVI and VGA.

While this triple connectivity is common enough on budget displays these days, BenQ goes the extra mile by offering a 3.5mm audio input (which was sadly missing from the E2200HD) and headphone jack on the side. This means you don't have to use the integrated speakers - a good thing since, as usual with integrated monitor ones, they're not exactly accomplished.

As with its brother and smaller cousins, the E2400HD has its controls clearly labelled along the front of its glossy black bezel. The control buttons are integrated into a narrow silver strip that runs along the outside of the screen's chassis, making the black section appear equally thick at the bottom as at the sides and top.

Its simple controls combine with colourful, logical menus to make the E2400HD easy to use, despite the slightly counterintuitive niggle of the up and down buttons moving right and left respectively through the menu's tabs. There's a sensible selection of shortcuts on the buttons, including input, brightness and volume.

In the OSD there are various presets available or you can configure your own, and the handy Senseye Demo lets you see the effects of several of the modes on half the screen, with the other half retaining the qualities of the preset you're on - this is really something all displays should have.

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Jay4d0

May 6, 2009, 8:28 pm

I love the idea of this shape and size of monitor, but if it's possible could we get a review of the Dell S2409W please?

Xiphias

May 7, 2009, 7:18 am

No 1:1 mode? That's disappointing for a BenQ.





For monitor reviews I'd love to see what you make of the 2209WA, it's definitely the most interesting monitor to have come out lately, being a 22" IPS for £200.

Jay4d0

May 8, 2009, 3:45 am

@Xiphias


1:1 is used for outputting a smaller resolution on a higher resolution screen without streaching and is usually far more usefull on a 16:10 screen for 16:9 content such as a games console. therefore if you are looking for 1:1 for console gaming or another 16:9 content then there is no need for the 1:1 function as its already at the correct resolution.

Xiphias

May 9, 2009, 6:50 am

Jay: True, although I believe most console games are supposed to output in 720p so unless the consoles themselves have good scaling you might want it for that anyway.





But it's a useful thing to have generally, I can name at least three recent PC games that are locked to one resolution and anyone messing around with Linux may be spending a lot of time in non-native resolutions trying to get their graphics drivers to work.

ShaunnyBoy

August 9, 2009, 12:08 pm

After reading a few great reviews online about the BenQ E2400HD I decided to go with my instincts and go with the purchase. I am amazed and grateful that I took the risk and purchased it online than buying it at the store, because it was cheaper online. The monitor has been working great for me so far. I play a lot of FPS and MMO’s or even games such as Starcraft (old school I know, haha) or Dota on Warcraft 3. I also initially looked into this monitor because it seemed to have it all, plus it offered DVI, D-Sub, and most importantly HDMI plug-ins.





Since I have both a PS3 and Xbox360, connectivity to the new 24” monitor that I was looking at was extremely crucial, because I wanted to get rid of my really old and crappy 15 inch tv that I used to play my Xbox on, I know its really sad. I mean my parents have a 40” + in the living room, but I don’t enjoy leaving my consoles out in the open as I have younger siblings that might destroy my treasures!





Anyway, the monitor performs with great presentation, it is extremely bright (the way I enjoy it), but of course you could tone it down for your own preference. It has high dynamic contrast ratio too, which some people claim it is a marketing scheme, but it still makes a small difference and it saves on energy consumption too, which is a nice thing! The monitor has 2ms, and I have not experienced any ghosting what so ever, which is great! Bottom line, this monitor is absolutely a splendid piece of work, price is low compared to its competitors, and it offers great specs which is the best bang for your every buck!

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