BenQ VW2420H Monitor Reviewby Chris Heinonen on December 10, 2011 2:45 AM EST
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.
|Video Inputs||D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI|
|Pixel Pitch||0.276 mm|
|Response Time||25ms, 8ms (GtG)|
|Viewing Angle||178 horizontal/178 vertical|
|Power Consumption (operation)||40W|
|Power Consumption (standby)||< 1W|
|Tilt||-5 - 15 degrees|
|VESA Wall Mounting||No|
|Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD)||22.85" x 17.08" x 7.42"|
|Additional Features||Headphone Jack|
|Limited Warranty||USA 1 Year|
|Accessories||D-Sub, HDMI Cables|
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.