BenQ V2400W review: BenQ V2400W

Features
To retain the streamlined look of the V2400W, BenQ stuck to the essentials for video connections. You get DVI, VGA, and HDMI only. These three connections should cover most people's needs, however those looking for more connections should check out the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP, which also includes composite, component, and DisplayPort connection.

The 24-inch screen of the BenQ features the standard--for a screen this size--1,920x1,200 resolution. The left side of the screen houses a headphone jack that's well hidden when viewing the display from the front. Being that it's recessed a bit toward the rear, you may actually have to rotate the entire display in order to insert your headphones. This seems to be a sacrifice of ease of use over style.

Performance
The BenQ V2400W held its own on CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based tests against the two other 24-inch performance powerhouses, the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP and the V7 D24W33, both of which scored a 90 in our overall performance tests. The BenQ posted a composite score of 89 on our suite DisplayMate benchmarks. Compared with the similarly priced V7, the BenQ virtually matched it in every category but color, where the V7's slightly better color tracking--which tests for a lack of balance in the RGB channel, indicated as a noticeable tint of color when viewing the grayscale--gave it the edge.

The BenQ has the edge in maximum brightness where it yielded a score of 218 candelas per square meter (cd/m2) compared with 190 cd/m2 of the V7. The Dell, however, trumps them both with a max brightness of 452 cd/m2. As for contrast ratio, the BenQ came out on top with a 996:1 score, versus the V7, which only managed a 670:1 and the Dell, which got 891:1. This indicates that although the maximum brightness for the BenQ is low, it can achieve a very dark and deep black.

DVD playback on the BenQ V2400W nearly matched that of the V7, which is the best that we've seen. When watching Kill Bill Vol. 1 we saw great colors and sharpness--the Bride's yellow jumpsuit was vivid yet accurately rendered. We did notice slightly more ghosting than we saw on the V7. Blu-ray Discs looked awesome as always, especially given the BenQ's ability to display deep blacks. The nighttime car chase scene in Swordfish looked great, and the blacks looked dark without losing much detail at all. World of Warcraft was vivid and devoid of any streaking or ghosting as usual.

Brightness
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BenQ V2400W 24"
218.22 
V7 D24W33 24"
190.44 

Contrast
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BenQ V2400W 24"
996:1 
V7 D24W33 24"
670:1 

Performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BenQ V2400W 24"
89 

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Service and support
BenQ backs the V2400W with a three-year parts-and-labor warranty, which also includes support for the backlight. Free phone support (as long as you are under warranty) is provided Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PST, but there is no weekend phone support. The user manual is included on a CD, but BenQ's Web site only has the warranty information available for download.

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Where to Buy

BenQ V2400W

Part Number: V2400W

MSRP: $499.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 24 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.27 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:10