However, unwrapping the monitor itself made up for a lot. The base and screen come as a single, attached unit. Despite losing some flexibility this means no assembly is required, so we could put it straight on a desk to gaze in awe at its sensational slimness. The difference in depth between the V2400W and conventional 24in models is not just noticeable, but dramatic, and BenQ deserves praise for the amazing feat of engineering its designer monitor embodies.
It doesn't do any harm that the V2400W comes with killer looks to match its slender proportions. The matte screen is surrounded by an unusual double bezel, with an inner surround of matte plastic and a slim glossy-black outer bezel. People who find reflective bezels distracting will be somewhat appeased by the inner surround, which also makes the outer one look even slimmer than it actually is.
This combination creates easily the most stunning implementation of a shiny bezel I've seen on a PC monitor, even matching some of the designer televisions that cost ten times as much. It is further offset by a matte silver trim, which, rather than cheapening the design or adding bulk, just lends an extra touch of class and emphasises the V2400W's svelte contours.
BenQ has kept its gorgeous bezel quite clean, marred only by HDMI and BenQ's 'seneseye+photo' logos in the bottom-right corner. Though most monitors that have it display HDMI logos, in this case it distracts more from the look than usual. Usefully, though, there's a headphone output that enables you to listen to the audio contained within the HDMI signal.
Back to the bezel and thankfully the purple AMA (Advanced Motion Acceleration: BenQ's name for response time overdrive) sticker on the top-right is removable. Meanwhile, the BenQ logo and the display's model number are sensibly removed to the stand, where they actually look quite stylish.