That pretty much sums up this and many other cheap 24in LCDs. They’re solid efforts and if all you want is lots of desktop space then they’re great, while low response times means they’ll deal with motion better than most. But their limitations are very clear, with competent but dull colour production and poor black levels.
But with that said, how does BenQ’s effort stack up against other offerings? If you take a look at our other reviews you’ll see that we’ve scored this BenQ identically to both the Iiyama ProLite B2403WS and Samsung SyncMaster 245B. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses, with performance that’s more or less identical. If forced to choose based on image quality alone the Samsung would probably win out, but it’s a marginal distinction.
Where the BenQ really wins, though, is in both value and connectivity. It offers superior connectivity and is noticeably cheaper, and despite lacking some adjustability, it’s a bearable trade-off. It’s even cheaper still compared to the HP w2408h and though it has the edge in design and colour fidelity, its glossy and highly reflective finish could put some off. Ultimately, all of the montors mentioned here are excellent options, so it’s worth investigating each before making your final choice. However, if money is tight, then BenQ’s G2400W could well be the one to pick.
Image quality is average and there’s next to no adjustment, but BenQ’s budget 24 inch display is still a serious contender. Its trio of D-SUB, DVI and HDMI inputs gives it the edge in connectivity, while it comes in at close to £50 less than the competition based on current prices. This makes it a very tempting proposition for the gamer on a budget, while the home office user will find the analogue only version at under £200 a great investment.
Score in detail
Image Quality 6