BenQ G2400W review

Price when reviewed

To illustrate the gulf between the premium and budget TFTs this month, here is a 24in monitor for an incredible £211 – cheaper than several of this month’s 22in models. Understandably, the BenQ G2400W is a spartan offering as a result, but we were sure that the quality would at least be acceptable enough to make it worth buying for everyday use.

BenQ G2400W review

Not quite. For a start, the backlight appears very dim, not only when compared with the premium models but also next to the Philips, with its supposedly identical 250cd/m2 maximum brightness. Dark, uneven patches are visible at the top edge, and while this low dynamic range does make for a deep black level, it certainly doesn’t translate into detailed shadows. We could barely make out a thing in the caves of our Lord of the Rings test video.

The contrast at the top end isn’t so bad. We had little trouble making out the lightest shades of grey on a white background, and the colour tracking test showed the BenQ to be closer to neutral than the more expensive Asus. But, scrolling through our test photos showed horrible skin tones and shadows that looked more like blobs, while the jungles of Crysis were more black than green in all but the brightest scenes.

There’s little else to redeem it, with a stand that only tilts, poor viewing angles and no sign of any extras apart from a lonely HDMI port. The design isn’t bad, with a nice red Power button and a thin 20mm bezel, but even at this rock-bottom price it’s hard to recommend. The Iiyama costs just £20 more – still a bargain – yet betters the BenQ in every other way.


Image quality2

Main specifications

Screen size24.0in
Aspect ratio16:10
Resolution1920 x 1200
Screen brightness250cd/m2
Pixel response time5ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Pixel pitch0.270mm
Horizontal viewing angle160 degrees
Vertical viewing angle160 degrees
Speaker typeN/A
Speaker power ouputN/A
TV tunerno
TV tuner typeN/A


DVI inputs1
VGA inputs1
HDMI inputs1
DisplayPort inputs0
Scart inputs0
HDCP supportyes
Upstream USB ports0
USB ports (downstream)0
3.5mm audio input jacks0
Headphone outputno

Accessories supplied

Other cables suppliedVGA

Power consumption

Peak power consumption55W
Idle power consumption2W

Image adjustments

Brightness control?yes
Contrast control?yes
Colour temperature settingsNormal, bluish, reddish, user
Extra adjustmentsSharpness, input select, picture modes, OSD language, position, time, lock


Forward tilt angle5 degrees
Backward tilt angle20 degrees
Swivel angleN/A
Height adjustmentN/A
Pivot (portrait) mode?no
Bezel width20mm


Dimensions370 x 137 x 370mm (WDH)

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