BenQ are back in the game. Their most recent device is a monitor which they called £140 GW2450HM. This product was not made to be used only at home, but also at your work place if you need something like this instead of a laptop. IT is a monitor that delivers a pretty good performance. And we can say this after we gave it a go some days ago. Here is the review that came out of those tests.
The 580 mm x 437 mm x 181 mm BenQ GW2450HM belongs to a new line introduced by the manufacturer. Its name is GW. This series has a major pro: it features the completely new generation of AU Optronics’ technology named AMVA. The design of any device is an important thing to consider when you want something new for your home. And BenQ made this monitor look good. But the plastic material is certainly a con, as the surface of the product is prone to become a fingerprint magnet very fast. The main color it sports is black. Both the stand and the bezel of the GW2450HM are characterized by thin dimensions, which means approximately 23 mm. We nudged the stand a couple of times during our test. And we saw that it completely made sure that the monitor did not fall and break. And it could be tilted at -5° ~ 15°. The weight is 4.1kg.
The rear of this monitor has all sorts of connectivity options. Minus USB and Display port options. Here is what we saw: HDMI, D-sub and, finally, DVI-D.
After looking at the device’s back, we returned to its front. The screen comes with these specifications: 24 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 178/178 viewing angles, 250 cd/m2 of brightness, 4ms G2G response time, a dynamic contrast ratio of 20 million:1, LED backlight, 0.276 mm pixel pitch, 5000:1 static contrast ratio, 16:9 aspect ratio and a color depth of 8-bit. Other features includes W-LED technology and anti glare panel.
Not impressive colors
The panel of the monitor offers a means of making sure that you get no glare while watching something on it. We put our ear really close to the display and we heard no sound. Which is an important pro, seeing as many other monitor have an annoying buzz coming from them. However, viewing angles were not excellent when we reviewed these characteristics.
It is easy to work with the menu. The monitor itself gives you a helping hand if you have issues. For example, it will go green whenever you open it. And then there are the on-screen keys which tell you everything you need to know. At times we were somewhat confused because of these buttons: they were not very well aligned. But looking at it from a performance point of view, the menu is good and helpful.
Colors did not look great. But that was easy to correct after we had a go at brightness. Blacks, on the other hand, looked very good. As did brightness levels. The type of contrast ratio offered by this monitor is the good one. Backlight bleeding was not present. And watching a movie which has scenes involving plenty of action did not mean judder or other such problems that usually happen.
Playing simple games works very well on the Benq GW2450HM. But if you chose something complex, this monitor is not the right way to go.
The BenQ GW2450HM offers good performance despite the low price. It has its cons, but they are not as many as to say that this is a crappy monitor.