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!