The Good The BenQ EW2420 packs in tons of connection options for a surprisingly low price.
The Bad The BenQ EW2420 has a plain design, has trouble with dark color reproduction, and coats movies with too much green.
The Bottom Line With its large number of features and low price, the BenQ EW2420 is one of the best monitor bargains available.
We see a lot of LED-backlit monitors come through CNET reviews, but what we don't see are a lot of LED-backlit monitors with AMVA panels. That's kind of a new thing and the BenQ EW2420 is the first monitor we've seen to feature the technology. Now while we still prefer IPS panels for our monitors, AMVA is nothing to sneeze at. As far as specs go, it offers larger viewing angles and better color reproduction than a TN panel. Specs are one thing though and realization of those specs is something else entirely. The monitor is available for a low price, but those looking for a high-performing MVA panel monitor may be disappointed.
Design and features
From a purely aesthetic point of view, the BenQ EW2420 would have a tough time standing out in a room full of monitors. It has a typical black chassis, a semiglossy black bezel measuring an inch on each side, and an oval footstand with a width and depth of 10.5 inches and 7.25 inches respectively. Honestly, I could be describing about 90 percent of the monitors released in the last year; the EW2420 doesn't offer much in the way of visual flourishes.
The screen has a semiglossy look and while it doesn't provide 1:1 reflection of the environment, at off angles reflections become much clearer. The initial panel depth is about 1.1 inches, but the panel extends back another 1.25 inches to include the connections and to allow for proper ventilation. The distance from the bottom of the panel to the desktop is about 3 inches. Under the bottom of the bezel is a thin gray cylinder that stretches the width of the panel--one of the EW2420's few unique aesthetic flourishes.