Best of all, though, not only does the V2400W feature a dedicated input selection button, but it can switch through inputs instantaneously – without the constant delay and rescanning that plagues so many of its competitors. You simply do not realise how incredibly annoying and unnecessary this process is until you come across the seamless experience offered by the BenQ.
On the other hand, you do have to trawl through the menu to get the aspect ratio controls, but at least they work well, offering modes that cover all the essentials. There’s the usual fill mode (something you should generally avoid), a 1:1 direct pixel mapping mode (ideal for 1080p sources), and an Aspect mode that cleverly stretches the picture only as far as it can without loss or distortion.
Finally we come to image quality, an area where designer monitors have consistently failed to match their exteriors. Let me just start by saying that, ironically, designers will want to look elsewhere, as the BenQ does not manage to avoid most of the classic TN panel pitfalls.
Viewing angles are typically poor, with strong loss of contrast and brightness and some colour shift at anything even approaching the quoted 160 degree angles. In grey-scale tests, the V2400W was not very adept at distinguishing whites or blacks at either end of the scale, with a brown/yellow tinge creeping into some grey shades. One area worthy of particular mention, though, is the predominately low level of backlight bleed. Only a small amount of bleed was noticeable from the bottom right corner and lighting across the panel was largely clean and even.
Image presets, for which the V2400W has a dedicated shortcut button, include movie, dynamics (my favourite mode for gaming), photo and standard, in addition to a less common sRGB mode. Thankfully, together with LG’s 20in Flatron L206WU, BenQ’s latest belongs to that rare breed of monitor where the dynamic contrast processing actually works. Like with the LG, a split-screen demo mode shows you its effects in real-time and you’ll immediately notice a difference. With it enabled colours are richer and more vibrant, and blacks visibly deeper. The only costs are slightly over-saturated skintones, and a reduction of dark detailing that’s so minor you’ll be hard pressed to even notice.
The experience actually makes the native 1,000:1 contrast ratio a believable figure, though not living up to its 3,000:1 dynamic claim. This system helps make the V2400W a capable gaming and movie display, though it should go without saying that graphical work is not recommended.
It is slightly ironic that BenQ’s biggest competitor might be BenQ, in the form of its G2400W. It’s around £50 cheaper and offers the same connection options. But thanks to less backlight bleed the V2400W has slightly better image quality, and of course there’s its gorgeous lines to consider. A more viable competitor might be the HP w2408h, which for the same money offers attractive design, all the adjustability you could want (including pivot), and a four-port USB hub. But, if you desire the slimmest and most attractive there is, the V2400W still comes out on top.
For a 24in designer monitor, BenQ’s V2400W is very affordable. And though it is unfortunate that it fails to match its stunning looks and incredibly slender chassis with equally amazing image quality or ergonomics, it still offers a reasonable selection of inputs, some clever processing, and a decent entertainment and office experience. Basically, if you want the slimmest 24in LCD monitor in the world, the V2400W obliges without compromising too much where it matters or leaving you broke.
Score in detail
Image Quality 7