BenQ VW2420H Design and Interface

The BenQ VW2420H is a very simple design, but one without much adjustment available either. Your inputs are limited to HDMI, DVI, and D-Sub, with an audio input for the integrated speakers. There is no USB port for a hub or DisplayPort here. It does feature a tilt adjust with the stand, but there is no height adjustment or swivel, and there are no VESA mounting holes to allow for a stand with more adjustment range either.

Compared to a similarly non-adjustable TN panel that was just in, the BenQ was much easier to use since the edges of the panel would not wash out and discolor when looking at it from normal desktop distances. The lack of any adjustments other than tilt is something to pay attention to if you need those for your workspace. The audio input is potentially useful if you're not passing audio over HDMI and wish to use the integrated speakers, but the sound from the speakers is weak and tinny—just what you'd expect from small speakers in a monitor—but it will get the job done in a pinch. Adding a headphone output to the display would have been nice to make better use of the audio input/HDMI support.

BenQ VW2420H
Video Inputs D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI
Panel Type A-MVA
Pixel Pitch 0.276 mm
Colors 16.7 million
Brightness 250 nits
Contrast Ratio 3,000:1
Response Time 25ms, 8ms (GtG)
Viewable Size 24"
Resolution 1920x1080
Viewing Angle 178 horizontal/178 vertical
Backlight LED Edge-lit
Power Consumption (operation) 40W
Power Consumption (standby) < 1W
Screen Treatment  
Height-Adjustable No
Tilt -5 - 15 degrees
Pivot No
Swivel No
VESA Wall Mounting No
Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD) 22.85" x 17.08" x 7.42"
Weight 8.6 lbs.
Additional Features Headphone Jack
Limited Warranty USA 1 Year
Accessories D-Sub, HDMI Cables
Price $330.00

This time BenQ has moved the controls for the OSD from the side of the monitor to the bottom of the display, which I found to be easier to work with. The change in orientation felt more natural for navigating the OSD, though I’m certain plenty of people had no issue using the previous setup either. The main issue is having both tabs horizontally across the top, and then a vertical menu selection. Instead of moving the buttons around, either designing the menus to be all vertically or horizontally oriented would make the UI easier to use.

The menu system has all the options that you likely need to set up the display. I used the User color mode since it allows for a custom color control. If you are setting up your display and plan on calibrating it, you should always use this control to calibrate the 100% white point to be as close to your target (typically D65) as possible. That gives the hardware LUTs the maximum flexibility to calibrate the display correctly.

Viewing Angles and Color Quality
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  • justaviking - Saturday, December 10, 2011 - link

    I just bought a 16:10 TV/Monitor.

    Very cheap, but after recently buying a smaller yet similar product for my wife, which she loves, so I thought I'd give it a whirl mostly because of the aspect ratio, and the bonus of doubling as a TV, and an unbeatable price..

    Hannspree ST289MUB 28" Class LCD HDTV - 1080p
    1920x1200, 16:10
    800:1 Native, 10000:1 Dynamic, 5ms, 60Hz, 2 HDMI, Black

    It was (still is) $200 after the sales price and a $50 rebate at TigerDirect.

    I wonder how a budget item like this would stand up to an AnandTech review. Is it a great deal or a waste of money?
  • JWatson - Sunday, December 11, 2011 - link

    The Hannspree use TN panels. Meaning the black levels/contrast aren't nearly as good, as well the viewing angles. I used to have the older non-TV version of the Hannspree. It was a great monitor at 27.5 for just everyday computer purposes, but when it came to movies and gaming...well the blacks were not great, nor the viewing angles, or backlight bleed.

    To see what I mean by poor viewing angles try this link

    Those letters should all be the same color. If you have a *VA or *IPS the text will have the same color. If you are using a TN panel, it'll show different color for the text depending on your angle.

    If you need to do any professional photo editing on the Hannspree...forget about it. You can't calibrate to be accurate enough. You need a *VA or *IPS panel monitor.

    If you just want a large, web browsing, office work, semi tv and movie watching, then the Hannspree is great for the price. I still recommend it as a budget monitor. However, If you're looking for quality...look elsewhere.
  • justaviking - Monday, December 12, 2011 - link

    Thanks for the great link. It provides wonderful examples and offers a great tip of viewing at a distance equal to your diagonal size when evaluating the screen.

    I viewed the images on the $15 montior I have a work. At least I hope they only paid $15 for it. Ewww.

    I can't wait to try it on a few of my monitors at home. I figured there would be compromises on the Hannspree. But for the price and features I'm hoping it'll be acceptable.

    I don't have very demanding needs (no professional photography work, though I do enjoy video editing). But it'll be fun to compare a couple of the Samsung monitors I like with the Hannspree TV/monitor.

    There's no need to test my wife's laptop. It is horrible. A nice i5 processor paired with a screen that has about a 10 degree viewing angle. Gahh!

    Thanks again.
  • SirGCal - Saturday, December 10, 2011 - link

    With most games locked to console specs and vertical fov, 16:9 actually has more viewable space. If they don't have locked vertical FOV (rare), then the 10's can show more due to their increased vertical pixel space... But still, since 16:9 is the 'industry' standard in everything accept desktop's, I fully expect the 10's to disappear. Besides, the higher res 16:9's are right around the corner anyhow with Ultra HD. 1200 and 1600 vertical pixels are most likely going away. 1080 will likely be the default standard with 1440 and 2160 being the higher end models. Maybe we'll even see some 4320s... I suspect we'll start to see these more often very soon (some already available...)

    Personally, I like the wider screen of the 16:9 anyhow, especially with vertically locked graphics engines in many of today's games.
  • JediJeb - Saturday, December 10, 2011 - link

    Honestly I still prefer the 1280X1024 ratio, (4:3 I think it is) since most of my work deals more with vertical space than horizontal.
  • kmmatney - Sunday, December 11, 2011 - link

    1280 x 1024 is a 5:4 ratio. LCD monitors with a 4:3 ratio were rare (and now extinct) , but I'm typing on one now (1400 x 1050). It's great very general work, and I prefer it over 16:9, but not 16:10.
  • kkwst2 - Monday, December 12, 2011 - link

    I have a 19" 1280x1024 next to a 24" 1920x1200 at home, and used to like this setup a lot. But now at work I have a 30" 2560x1600 next to 1200x1900 (24" oriented vertically) and I like this much better.

    I use the vertical 24" for displaying Outlook, Word docs, and some more vertically oriented Excel workbooks. Also good for code. The 30" I use for graphics and layout stuff, as well as side-by-side spreadsheets. I used to think I would always want one screen that is more square, but now I really like the two screens with opposite orientation. The 30" is a luxury, but not necessary. When my 19" dies I'm going to two 24" at home with opposite orientation.
  • ibtar - Saturday, December 10, 2011 - link

    I purchased an EW2420 (essentially the same panel) to compare to a ZR24w and just didn't care for it. The only thing it had going for it was it's contrast and black level. Colors just never looked quite right and A-MVA viewing angles simply do not come close to IPS. Despite the contrast ratio being nearly 5 times as high, I simply couldn't keep it.
  • jabber - Saturday, December 10, 2011 - link

    And whilst I assume its just a budget E-IPS panel its a very nice monitor to work with.

    Reasonable adjustment, good viewing angles, calibration report in the box and a matte effect bezel!

    All for just £125! For a day to day work monitor its a bargain.
  • jabber - Saturday, December 10, 2011 - link

    In fact just plugged my Spyder3Pro calibrator and ran the full calibration on the USER and sRGB modes.

    Other than a adjustment on the brightness the difference in calibration was minimal so pretty accurate out of the box.

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