BenQ V2420H LED-lit LCD Monitor

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This model has just been launched in India, and is touted as BenQ’s flashy little flagship, LED backlit Hanna Montana. It’s sleek, snazzy and fresh off the assembly line, so let’s check out what exactly is on offer.

Design and features
The piece, no doubt looks classy and suave, like it should be in a smooth talking diplomat’s office. There are are no sharp or cumber some corners or edges. Everything is curved in and finished in black gloss. The entire bezel is uniform in the gloss finish, and so is the stand. The shiny BenQ logo is embossed on bottom panel. The right end of this panel houses the touch sensitive power button, which lights up with a green LED around its circumference. Below it, located on the bottom face, are a row of buttons for controlling the monitor functions - these are not touch sensitive, but are good old push buttons.

The inputs on the smooth and bare back are clubbed neatly in a central window, namely one each of VGA, HDMI 1.3 and DVi-D ins, and the AC adapter input. There is also a 3.5 mm headphone out. This, according to us is enough for a monitor - I care more for visual performance. As for ergonomics, we have the typical joint of the bezel and stand, with a little wobbliness but not hazardous or weak in  any way. There is a tilt capability, but no swivel.

The rated Dynamic contrast is a ridiculously high 10,000,000:1, I SERIOUSLY think that’s a load of BS, as Dynamic contrast is anyways not a standardized measurement. But then BenQ has rated the proper native value in its specs as enumerated below:

LCD Size                               24"W LED-backlight
Product Color                        Glossy Black
Resolution(max.)                  1920x1080
Pixel Pitch(mm)                     0.276
Brightness(typ.)                    250 cd/㎡
Contrast Ratio(typ.)              1000:1
Response Time                     5ms

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Performance
We started our usual regime of UI exploration and button nudging, with the now familiar test patterns. First things we check grayscale, and here I have to say one thing: I was deeply disappointed by the Blacks. The low end of the dynamic range was flawed and lowest levels were lost. Overall it looked like a cheap faded black T shirt after many washes. And this is after calibrating a bit. We increased the gamma all the way to 2.6, and reduced brightness to about 38. The panel does not have good contrast, it's much less than the rated 1000:1, at least our model. And this is BenQ we are talking about. In the past they have seriously impressed us with the V2200 LED.

The LED backlight is bright enough, but too much contrast set in the UI makes everything bloom, basically any black lines, like in websites and word files, disappear. Colors are good, at least in their individual saturation amounts. There is no excess of any color channel. It looks neutral and nice. But then color and grayscale go hand in hand — one effects the other, and in our case here colors don’t look so vibrant due to the weak contrast. The proprietary Senseye presets have one mode: the sRGB mode which is respectable, but all suffer from weak blacks. What’s up with the panel? Why is so much light being leaked out BenQ?

Conclusion
It costs Rs. 18,000, which is again more than the V2200. This model does not have any great features. It’s a straight up no frills monitor, but then the contrast is really weak. The only thing, the only lonesome good fact are the looks. The looks are really sleek and sexy, and the design might have won awards and all, but I doubt the monitor was switched on. BenQ, a brand we love, in what we can call a serious outlier in the statistical history, has disappointed us.


Published Date: Apr 24, 2010 10:15 am | Updated Date: Apr 24, 2010 10:15 am