PROS / The BenQ GW2450 uses VA panel technology instead of TN.
CONS / The height on the screen cannot be adjusted, it can only be tilted, but there is the option of mounting it on the wall.
VERDICT / The screen specs are superb and BenQ has managed to make this monitor's response time much faster than typical VA panels.
The multi-national Taiwanese company, BenQ Corporation produces many electronics for the average consumer, mostly in the areas of communication and computing devices. The company was founded late 2001 and actually began as part of Acer. In 2006, the company completely separated and became its own consumer electronic powerhouse. At that time, it focused heavily on mobile devices, but it quickly expanded to televisions, computers and computer peripherals.
Under the brand name of AU Optronics, BenQ manufactures LCD panels for a number of major computer display companies such as Apple, Samsung, Dell and others. As a result, AU Optronics, and therefore BenQ, is the number one manufacturer of LCD panels. With such a prestigious name, it really comes as no surprise that the BenQ GW2450 monitor is one of the best. In fact, this monitor is the winner of our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.
First, a note about panel technology. There are three panel types to be aware of: In-Plane Switching (IPS), Vertical Alignment (VA) and Twisted Nematic (TN). IPS panels currently boast the best panel technology. TN monitors have much lower-quality color reproduction and narrow viewing angles. VA panels are designed to replace TN panels, and the VA panels make good on their claims to improve on TN LCD technology. However, IPS outshines both. So, why would you even be interested in a monitor that does not use IPS? There are two reasons. One, IPS is typically more expensive and two, the difference will most likely only be noticeable if you compare them side by side. Those reasons make VA monitors very attractive to anyone who does not feel obligated to "keep up with the Joneses."
The BenQ GW2450 monitor utilizes the VA panel technology. With VA panels, you get higher quality color reproduction and a wider viewing angle. However, you will lose some of that color clarity when you view the monitor from those wider angles. In addition, VA panels typically have slower response times. However, BenQ has streamlined the VA technology so that this monitor has response times are better than average VA panel, though gamers may notice some blurring during actions sequences.
The BenQ GW2450 can put out up to 250 candelas per square meter (cd/m2). The typical contrast ratio is 5,000:1, and the dynamic contrast ratio goes up to 20,000,000:1. This 24-inch monitor has a resolution of 1080p and LED backlighting to help improve color reproduction. We also want to point out that the response time is up to 4 milliseconds on this monitor, rather than the much slower times that are typical for this panel type.
So far, everything about the BenQ GW2450 looks good, but here we come to two features that could be improved. The first is the high amount of power consumption. One design flaw is that the positional adjustment of the screen only consists of tilting; the height cannot be adjusted. Thankfully, the second flaw can be somewhat remedied by another feature that this monitor has the ability mount it to the wall at whatever height pleases you. In addition, BenQ has included built-in speakers so that you do not necessarily have to get your own.
A nice selection of connections is always a benefit on a monitor, since the connections found on your graphics card vary. In this case, the BenQ GW2450 comes with the three most popular connections to accommodate your needs. The first is an HDMI port, the second is a DVI port and the third is a VGA port. Both HDMI and DVI have HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) support so you will not have issues playing files with this copy protection. Without HDCP support, you would not be able to play some files purchased online, especially if you buy content from the iTunes Store.
Aside from the display connections, the BenQ GW2450 comes with a USB hub that provides four additional USB ports right on the monitor. This is a convenient feature for anyone needing additional ports that are easily accessible. Depending on your setup, sometimes it is difficult or time consuming to access the back of your computer, and if your PC does not have front USB ports, that is what you are stuck having to do. However, with this built-in hub, you can easily access the ports to plug in headphones, a keyboard, a mouse, a webcam, flash card or any other USB device.
Help & Support
Should there be any manufacturer defects on your BenQ GW2450, you have a one-year warranty that covers you. For that year, you can return the monitor and the company will either fix or replace it, depending on what the problem is. BenQ has a list of FAQs that should cover any questions you may have about this monitor. If they do not cover what you want to know and therefore need to contact the technical support team for additional information, help or warranty service, you can contact BenQ via email or phone; there is no IM chat support.
BenQ has been a leader in panel technology for monitors and it shows on the BenQ GW2450. The VA panel technology gives you better color reproduction than the common TN panels. The high contrast ratios will help the colors really pop, and the variety of input connections and the USB hub make this a convenient choice.