One of the more confusing aspects of choosing a monitor is panel technology. There are basically three variants worth mentioning, in order of quality: TN, VA, and IPS. BenQ, and its panel supplier AU Optronics, are advocates of VA (Vertical Alignment), and the VW2420H is part of a new range of monitors using AUO's new A-MVA panels paired with LED backlighting. This, so asserts BenQ, makes them the first LED backlit VA monitors in the world. We can hear the corks popping as we type.
As the name suggests, the VW2420H is a 24-inch monitor. It’s a 16:9 aspect display, so has a 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution (or Full HD in plebeian terms), and features a trio of video connections: HDMI, DVI and VGA. There's also a headphone/audio out so you can output audio from the HDMI, though there are no inbuilt speakers - no great loss by our estimation.
In BenQ's range the VM2420H is the 'designer' model, which means it's lighter, slimmer, and generally shallower than other models. Such slimness does necessitate an external power adapter (albeit a small one), while also limiting adjustability to a small degree of tilt.
A lack of adjustability is certainly a blow but, unlike smaller monitors, 24-inch models are typically large enough to not require much height adjustment. Moreover, though adjustment is limited, the connectivity isn't particularly restrictive and the price (just £175), makes such limitations easier to forgive.
As for the design itself, the monitor looks good without inspiring awe. It's clad, front and back, in glossy black plastic, which looks nice enough but is quickly fouled by fingerprints and dust. This is only interrupted by the BenQ logo and a gold ring that borders the base.
Speaking of the base, it isn't attached out of the box. It's a simple a click and screw job, however: click the stand into base, and then fasten with the attached screw at the bottom. No tools are required, and it can be performed by one person fairly easily - not least as the monitor only weighs 3.9kg.
Like most BenQ monitors of late, the OSD controls are housed on the under-edge, with labels on the front. Despite the buttons being hidden from view, large pimples on each one makes them easy to locate and operate. Options are quite comprehensive, comprising numerous picture modes (most best avoided, mind), Gamma control, brightness, contrast, colour temperatures, not to mention aspect controls should you need them. All are well presented, and the navigation can be picked up quickly.