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BenQ E2400HD LCD monitor
This monitor is one of BenQ’s latest offerings, a nice looking full HD monitor. A consortium of some 10 companies, these guys have been getting higher notches in their reviews over the months. Let's see how this monitor fares.
Design and features
The unique thing about these BenQ monitor designs these days is the aluminum accenting around the borders, mainly the aluminum gray bottom panel protruding out. There is a flush power button on the far right, that glows a luminescent green when on. The BenQ logo is embossed centrally on this bottom panel. The bezel is glossy black, with the side panel having buttons with a slightly curved surface to increase accessibility and ergonomics. These button are Auto, Menu, Up, Down and an Enter button, with not so readable labels, but still works well.
The looks overall are not bad, the aluminum accenting works well. The 7.5 inch x 8 inch footstand is square footprinted and is built quite sturdy. The joint is a clear snap on fit, there is very less wobbling. The screen can be tilted up and down (+ 20deg, -5 deg), but not left and right, this could be an iffy at certain times. Plus there is no height adjustment.
Connection wise we have 3 basic necessities to qualify this as an HD monitor, one HDMI, a DVI and VGA port. Included with the bundle is only one VGA cable. There are inbuilt speakers with this model, thus an EP audio in is available too. Last but not least there is a headphone out at the left panel, located right at the center.
As for rated specs we have 1920 x 1080 native resolution on a pure 16:9 screen, so no more black line while watching my Ratatouille Blu-ray. The response time is 2 ms, while the brightness is 300 cd/m2. Contrast ratio is 1000:1. Though not mentioned, we are assuming this monitor is a TN panel due to price and ultra low response time.
The OSD includes five preset modes including Standard, Movie, RGB, Dynamics, and Photo, all accessible from the side panel buttons. The OSD is simply designed but it’s not a breeze to navigate; a tad slow to respond. The standard preset is the best, though still a little calibration is required. We started with grayscale measurements - deep blacks (0-20 IRE) were a bit blotchy, otherwise higher up towards pure whites the monitor performs quite decently.
On our 256 band grayscale the darker black bars seemed to merge up, thus proving lesser detail in blacks. The entire luminance stays at around 6500K, except low IRE levels. The brightness is of high quality though, thus we can get a decent contrast with a little tweaking. Colors actually impressed quite a bit, there is hardly any over saturation. No extra saturated blues, red levels etc. It’s not bang on accurate, such that a pro can use, but fits the bill for HD movies and modern games. I played Prince of Persia and watched Ratatouille on the E2400HD.
Just like its predecessor V2400W, the Viewing angles did deteriorate before 160 degrees, contrast started to get weaker. Another good point is that this model did not have any real issues of Back light bleed, visible as a patchiness around the corners. The screen itself is hardly reflective; it’s a nice matte screen.
Rs. 16,999 is the MOP, thus it is decently priced if got at the MOP. The blacks are lesser detailed but whites come out vibrantly as the brightness is strong enough, maybe as much as they have rated at 300 cd/m2. Colors too perform quite well, thus this can be recommended for those looking at a 24-incher below 20 K, and not too stringent on detail accuracy.