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
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!
Score in detail
Image Quality 8
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