- Truly excellent value
- Good image quality
- Generous connectivity
- It's not TN
- Semi-matte screen finish
- No adjustments beyond tilt
- It's not IPS
- Review Price: £176.68
- 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
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.
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.
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