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BenQ EW2430 - Performance, Value and Verdict

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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The one area where TN does tend to be superior is in response time. With an 8ms grey-to-grey quoted response time, it's no surprise that BenQ's EW2430 does suffer from just a little more trailing in games than displays using the fastest panels (like the company's own 2ms XL2410T). Even with the EW2430's overdrive setting turned up to maximum, the effect is still somewhat present. However, for all but the most hardcore FPS gamers it's still fast enough.

Sharpness is excellent, though we did note the same red-bits-in-white-text phenomenon as we encountered with Dell's older UltraSharp 2408WFP, which also used a PVA panel. The only other negative is some severe banding across both light and dark ends of the scale, which is visible on any medium-sized colour gradient. The screen's finish is semi-matt, meaning you'll only see minimal reflections even with dark images.

There's definitely some serious competition at the budget end of the non-TN panel market, but for a mere 176.68, the EW2430 stands head and shoulders above its rivals. Image quality, connectivity and response time are far ahead of the £200 Samsung SyncMaster F2380, though if you want adjustability the Samsung's still the better option.

BenQ's own VW2420H is a likelier rival, costing £10 less and sporting a slim frame. However, given its fatter sibling's integrated power brick, improved image quality, build and connectivity, again we feel the EW2430 is the stronger candidate. It's not going to satisfy demanding imaging professionals or hardcore gamers, but when you're getting this kind of value it's not fair to expect it to.


BenQ's 24in EW2430 is an attractive and versatile display that offers build, connectivity and image quality far above its class, and hammers yet another nail in the coffin of inferior TN monitors. It's not without its weaknesses - including limited adjustability, poor speakers and a few minor image quality hiccups - but these are easy to forgive considering its bargain price. All told, it's our new bargain monitor champion!

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Image Quality 8
  • Value 10


June 10, 2011, 3:06 pm

For the price this is the best Monitor on the market, the new PVA panels benq are making are great way better than any TN.

Nec, Eizo and benq are the best monitor manufactures, the rest are rubbish in my opinion.

evan fotis

June 10, 2011, 4:57 pm

For what its worth the Dell U2311 sells at a lower price and sports an e-ips 6bit+AFRC to make an 8bit panel, has great blacks, pivots, no SPVA black crush and gamma shift on or off axis.


June 10, 2011, 7:03 pm

No mention of the 'inter-unit variability' issues found on the EW2420? A rather long thread on the OcUK forums is filled with issues ranging from excess backlight bleedthrough to 'ripples' and dark patches seen on screen to varying severities.

Of course reviewers always seem to get the cream of the crop!


June 10, 2011, 8:12 pm

"Nec, Eizo and benq are the best monitor manufactures, the rest are rubbish in my opinion."

You forget Lacie. I have the 324, bought it two years ago as a replacement for my 22" Iiyama VM 513 and it is a fabulous piece of kit. Expensive yes, but worth every penny. I tried going cheap, it just wasn't worth it for the hit I was taking on image quality when compared to the Iiyama.

Speaking of Iiyama, it is a shame they moved away from quality hardware like the VM513 and decided to churn out the junk they do now.


June 10, 2011, 8:54 pm

Dell U2311 is still at £224.34 amazon, you can get one for £20, Benq is still cheaper, i own a PVA and a E-IPS and there is no black crush or gamma shift on PVAs, they are great the only downside compared to IPS is that PVA have some color shift when viewing at large angles.


June 20, 2011, 9:12 am

this one's worth it


November 25, 2011, 7:46 am

now if it was a 16:10 i would have bought it in a glimps but i dont stand 16:9 as a monitor. EW.

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