So far we’re very impressed with the V2410T, but how will it fare with the all-important criterion of image quality? First let’s get the negatives of this TN panel-based monitor out of the way. Though horizontal viewing angles are decent, vertical ones suffer the same inconsistency as the Samsung BX2240, meaning that there’s only a very narrow angle where you don’t suffer from severe contrast shift. Backlighting was also slightly uneven, with minor light bleed from the bottom bezel, though both of these were only noticeable in a dark environment. Last there was quite noticeable banding across all colour scales.
Getting onto the positives, after calibration colours come across as natural and sharpness is excellent, with none of the washed-out look that we saw on some other budget LED-backlit displays. Greyscale performance is also quite good: as long as you manage to avoid the aforementioned contrast shift you’ll get impressive levels of dark detailing, albeit (inevitably) at the cost of white purity. Still, it’s a nice balance for films and games, and far more likely to affect real-world usage than the banding problem mentioned above. Of course the V2410T’s Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution means it’s ideal for high definition entertainment, but it offers aspect controls for older material.
One of the hallmarks of LED-backlit monitors is frugality, and the V2410T doesn’t disappoint. Even the most intensive usage never brought its power consumption above 18W in normal mode, while switching to Eco mode reduced this to a mere 16W – impressively in line with the 22in BX2240!
In terms of value the £185 BenQ also scores a major win. Again comparing to the Samsung BX2240, this monitor offers two more inches of screen real estate, better build quality and smoother adjustments, including a very generous height allowance – all for less money.
If you want better image quality, Samsung’s own 23in, Full HD F2380 (the bigger brother of the F2030 we reviewed a while back) is still your best bet. It offers similar adjustability and build quality, a second digital input, and, most importantly, its PVA panel will give you viewing angles and image quality on a whole other level. However, for office use the V2410T’s image faults are negligible, so if your budget is tight and you want to save on your electricity bills into the bargain, this BenQ is probably one of the best business monitors around. Gamers who aren’t too fussy about image quality will also like its dark detail performance.
Considering its image-quality foibles are negligible for daily productivity, the BenQ V2410T puts in a star performance for a business-oriented display. Offering rugged build quality, low power usage, a slim profile and full adjustability to match the best of the rest, its relatively low price is just icing on the cake.
Score in detail
Image Quality 6