Our Score


User Score


  • It's not TN
  • Truly excellent value
  • Good image quality
  • Generous connectivity
  • Semi-matte screen finish


  • It's not IPS
  • No adjustments beyond tilt

Review Price £176.68

Key Features: 24in, Full HD, semi-matt, 8-bit PVA panel; 2x HDMI, DVI and VGA for video; 4-port USB hub, 3.5mm in/out and headphone plus speakers; Stylish design with brushed aluminium sections; 3000:1 claimed contrast, 8ms GTG

Manufacturer: BenQ

As recently as three years ago, buying a good monitor – in other words, one not based on TN panel technology with its poor viewing angles and colour characteristics – meant shelling out serious money. More recently, however, affordable yet high-end displays like the IPS-sporting NEC MultiSync EA231WMi and the even cheaper cPVA Samsung SyncMaster F2380 meant even users on a budget could still get displays that were a level up.

BenQ got into this game with its 24in VW2420H, which we found to be impressive for its price. Now the monitor giant has a new model for the same tantalizing £177 as that display originally sold for. The BenQ EW2430 not only offers 24 inches of PVA goodness, but also gives you dual HDMIs as well as a USB hub, and packs it all into an attractive chassis with a brushed metal stand. Let's find out if it's the new budget champion for those discerning in their monitor taste.

The EW2430 arrives in two parts which are easy to assemble. We were afraid the display's low price might be evident in its build quality, as has been the case with past BenQ models such as the V2400W. Thankfully, this is not the case, and the EW2430 feels solid throughout. In particular its stand is one of the more solid examples we've come across.

There's only so much you can do with a monitor's design within a tight budget, but BenQ has managed to make its latest model stand out from the crowd with an all-metal stand that utilises a combination of brushed metal and chrome. The screen itself is surrounded by the usual glossy black plastic, but a brushed metal strip at its base and silver outer rim help to maintain a stylish slant.

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One thing the EW2430 isn't is thin. Despite featuring LED backlighting, it would need a few months on a strict diet to match the VW2420H. But that's not necessarily a bad thing; after all, at 4.8cm it's already thin enough to be practical.

Though it's hardly unexpected, we're also slightly disappointed by the lack of extensive ergonomic adjustability. As with most sub-£200 monitors, there's no height or rotation available, just tilt. You'll get about 25 degrees of movement, and the action is nice and smooth. BenQ EW2430 7

One area where the EW2430 doesn't compromise is in energy savings. Once calibrated in sRGB mode, even watching a relatively bright video kept the amount of juice consumed below 17.5w, though obviously this will increase if using the hub and audio. The monitor doesn't get hot to the touch, and there's no noticeable buzzing

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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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