BenQ EW2430V review: BenQ EW2430V

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Great black levels. Impressive contrast ratio. Good 1080i movie performance. Impressive pixel walk inversion results.

The Bad Buttons on the back of the monitor make navigating OSD a pain. Light bleed and slight discolouration could annoy. Draws more power than it should in power-saving mode and when off.

The Bottom Line BenQ's EW2430V is a decent performer with good movie-watching capabilities, excellent black levels and a lengthy warranty. If you're after a good all-rounder, it should suit your needs perfectly.

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BenQ's having a shot at Dell's high-end Ultrasharp range. Not in terms of panel quality, but rather inputs. It's been quite some time since we've seen this amount of analog inputs on a monitor, and with good reason: their purpose is diminishing. Still if you need somewhere to plug in a component device, BenQ has an option ready built for you.

It's also interesting to see another VA panel from BenQ. IPS has been making inroads into even the budget market, while TN still exists in the ultra-cheap segment — VA tends to not be so common. It's major benefit over IPS is impressive black levels, but otherwise IPS usually provides a better experience. Let's see how the EW2430V fares.

BenQ EW2430V front

It certainly looks stylish.
(Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)

Specs at a glance

Size 24 inches
Resolution 1920x1080
Aspect ratio 16:9
Pixel pitch 0.277
Panel technology VA
Viewing angles
(10:1 contrast)
H: 178°
V: 178°
Response time 8ms GTG
Max vertical refresh 60Hz
Connections VGA, DVI, 2x HDMI, component, RCA audio in, 3.5mm line in and out, 3.5mm headphone jack, 4x USB
Accessories VGA, DVI, RCA, 3.5mm and power cables.

Stand and ergonomics

BenQ's stand is finished in attractive brushed aluminium, and is a large rectangular base that you can tuck your keyboard into when finished. It only offers tilt adjustments — we'd have liked to have seen more flexibility here.

BenQ EW2430V stand

BenQ's stand allows for a keyboard to be stored, but only offers tilt adjustability.
(Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)

Connections

BenQ EW2430V inputs

Power, headphone, 3.5mm line out, 3.5mm line in, RCA audio in, 2x HDMI, DVI, component, VGA and USB upstream. There are four USB ports made available on the left-hand side.
(Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)

Buttons and on-screen display (OSD)

BenQ EW2430V buttons

BenQ, please, please, please, please start putting your buttons on the fascia. Putting them behind the monitor, then making sure the labels on the front don't line up makes them almost unusable.
(Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)

BenQ persists in its annoying behaviour of not putting buttons on the front. This time they're on the back of the monitor, with labels on the front to help you find them. They don't quite line up, though, and make the OSD a pain to navigate. This is one monitor that's no fun to set up.

BenQ EW2430V OSD

Thanks to its context-sensitive nature, LG's OSD is easy to use.
(Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)

Lots of options are offered in the EW2430V's OSD, including 1:1 pixel mapping. The usual bevy of image presets are here, but for some reason take a very long time to switch between them. As usual, we recommend you leave it set to "Standard" and ignore all the other settings, which tend not to give you natural colours./p>

Picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture functions are included, allowing a user to show what's on either HDMI connection, VGA or component ports when running the DVI channel. Other features of note include "super resolution", which is meant to improve picture clarity. If you were to believe BenQ's demonstration images, it also possesses abilities akin to "enhance" in movies.

Yeah ... we're pretty sure it's not that good.
(Credit: BenQ)

The reality is much more disappointing. Deliberately dropping the resolution of an image, we took a photo with Super Resolution off, then on.

BenQ EW2430V

Super Resolution isn't what it claims.
(Credit: Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)

All the function does is increase the contrast and brightness, and maybe sharpness. The resulting image rather than adding detail, actually loses it. This is one feature we recommend you leave off.

Performance

BenQ uses a gloss screen, Which reflects quite heavily. You'll want to put the EW2430V somewhere that's not in the direct path of a light source to minimise glare. With our particular review sample, displaying a completely white screen showed some yellow discolouration towards the bottom of the screen, although this may vary from model to model.

Lagom.nl LCD tests
After calibrating to a target brightness of 140cd/m² with an X-Rite i1Display 2, Eye-One Match 3 and tweaking with HCFR, the EW2430V was run through the Lagom.nl LCD tests.

Image tests
Contrast Sharpness Gamma Black level White saturation Gradient
Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass

Of note here are the gradients — some of the smoothest we've seen. BenQ gets green ticks all the way through.

Inversion pixel walk tests
Test 1 Test 2a Test 2b Test 3 Test 4a Test 4b Test 5 Test 6a Test 6b Test 7a Test 7b
Pass Pass Pass Very slight flicker Pass Very slight
upward
scrolling
Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass

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Where to Buy

BenQ EW2430V

Part Number: CNETBenQ EW2430V

Typical Price: $449.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

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