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BenQ E2400HD 24in Full HD Monitor - BenQ E2400HD 24in Monitor

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

Keeping in mind that even the cheapest IPS and P/MVA panels will give superior performance to the best TNs in everything but response times, how does the E2400HD hold up in the all-important image quality stakes?

Despite having the same lineage as the M2400HD, we found the E2400HD we received to be slightly inferior to its more expensive cousin - something that can happen due to the variability inherent in LCD display technology.

On the positives side, viewing angles are good for a TN, with minimal contrast or colour shift when viewed from the side. Even from above the picture remains watchable, though as this is still a TN things deteriorate quickly from below. After adjustment colours were decent and text is razor-sharp.

However, there was some backlight bleed from the lower edge of the screen, some very slight banding and again, like most TNs, the E2400HD failed to distinguish between the darkest greyscale tones. Mind you, its superior viewing angles still give it an edge over many TN displays depending on usage.

For gaming, whether PC or HDMI-equipped console, it's certainly adequate. Although it already has the ideal resolution for high-definition consoles (1,920 x 1,080), the E2400HD offers a few aspect ratio controls, namely Overscan (to hide edge noise), Full and Aspect, the latter of which scales the image as large as possible without distorting the ratio.

Movie mode gives vivid - if slightly oversaturated - colours with a blue cast, and though the high sharpness settings are horrible for text they work well for emphasising detail in video material. Together with Dynamics (for gaming) it's the only mode offering dynamic contrast and both are worth activating if you value punch above accuracy in entertainment material.

The area where BenQ's recently-reviewed monitors have been most competitive is price, but while its E2400HD is certainly affordable, it's not quite as cheap as expected. At £209.42, there are plenty of cheaper 24in monitors available online, though finding one with image quality and especially outputs to match is not going to be easy.

As it stands, the E2400HD is the cheapest 24in monitor we've reviewed, but only by a bit. Having come down in price since our review, BenQ's own M2400HD gives you an integrated USB-hub, separate webcam and (on our sample at least) slightly superior image quality for only £17 more. Unfortunately, it's only available in white, but as long as that's okay with you it offers far better value.

Verdict

A decent display at a decent price, BenQ's Full HD E2400HD is definitely worth considering. But, if you don't mind a white rather than black chassis, the company's own M2400HD gives you more for the money.

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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